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David C. Yao, MD, FACS

Meet Dr. Yao

Dr. David C. Yao is one of the three founders of Forma Plastic Surgery, where premier plastic surgery meets and exceeds the desires of its patients. Dr. Yao is board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and the American Board of Surgery. He is also a cosmetic fellowship sub-specialized trained with an emphasis on the face, breast, and body. His extensive education and experience allow him to offer his patients the most advanced, cutting-edge techniques in cosmetic plastic surgery. Dr. Yao thrives on the blend of science and art of plastic surgery. His artistic eye and scientific concepts enable him to design unique treatment plans for each patient and provide beautiful, natural-looking results.


Born and raised in Southern California, Dr. Yao attended the University of California, San Diego and received his bachelor’s degree in physiology. He completed his doctor of medicine degree at Medical College of Virginia (Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine) in Richmond, VA. After receiving his degree, Dr. Yao relocated to Arizona and attended his general surgery residency at Maricopa Integrated Health Systems. Here, he obtained significant experience in complex surgical patients.

Dr. Yao gained extensive plastic and reconstructive surgery experience with his education at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. As part of a well-rounded plastic surgery education, he received in-depth training in cosmetic, craniofacial, hand, and general reconstructive surgery. Following his Mayo Clinic experience, Dr. Yao completed a prestigious cosmetic plastic surgery fellowship at the Manhattan Eye, Ear, and Throat Hospital (Lenox Hill Hospital/NYU). While there, he had independent privileges and attained significant plastic surgery operative volume. Dr. Yao also worked with world-renowned Park Avenue and Manhattan plastic surgeons, perfecting many of the techniques he applies today. Before returning to Arizona, Dr. Yao held the position of Attending Plastic Surgeon at Mayo Health System. In 2011, Dr. Yao returned to Arizona and joined his fellow colleagues, Dr. Walsh and Dr. Sabeeh, to create Forma Plastic Surgery. The three physicians created a highly respected and well-rounded practice to meet and exceed every individual’s aesthetic goals.


When searching for the right doctor, Forma Plastic Surgery emphasizes the importance of choosing a board-certified plastic surgeon for all your plastic surgery desires. Dr. Yao’s surgical training extends beyond the required cosmetic and reconstructive training. He chose additional fellowship training in cosmetic plastic surgery to further sub-specialize, refine his skills, and provide patients with in-depth knowledge and the most innovative techniques. Procedures such as facelift and rhinoplasty are not performed by every plastic surgeon, however, they are areas in which Dr. Yao has had additional training. Dr. Yao was selected for New York City’s most prestigious cosmetic plastic surgery fellowship working with world-renowned Park Avenue and Manhattan plastic surgeons. While there, he attained significant plastic surgery volume and perfected many of the techniques he applies today. Dr. Yao believes in a natural-looking aesthetic enhancing each patient’s already existing beauty and yielding long-lasting results.

Societies and Memberships

Dr. Yao is proud to a member of the following groups:

  • Member, American Society of Plastic Surgeons
  • Member, American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery
  • Member, Arizona Society of Plastic Surgeons
  • Diplomate, American Board of Plastic Surgery
  • Diplomate, American Board of Surgery


In addition to helping patients with their needs, Dr. Yao believes in the power of education. Outside of performing treatments at Forma Plastic Surgery, he teaches at several prestigious schools and has won several awards, including:

  • Clinical Assistant Professor – Department of Surgery, Plastic Surgery Division, University of Arizona
  • Instructor for students, residents, and fellows of Mayo Clinic, NYU, Columbia University, Cornell University, University of Arizona, Banner University Medical Center, and Midwestern University
  • Instructor at Mayo Clinic Rochester, "Rhinofest" (Rhinoplasty Course)
  • Osler Institute Plastic Surgery Board Review – Top Instructor Chosen by Oral Exam Candidates 2014 – 2017


"These guys are amazing! This was my first experience with plastic surgery and I could not be happier. Dr. Yao did my upper eyelids (upper bilateral blepharoplasty) and it really changed the way I look. My eyelids were pretty close to touching my upper lashes prior to surgery. As you can see after surgery my eyes look "open" again.  Every person in the office is so caring and professional. It feels like they really are a family. From the consult through the entire process, they really make you feel special."



"Madison in the front office was so helpful!! She answered all of my questions and even helped me look up my files from 2016. It’s so nice to talk to someone that enjoys their job and wants to actually help you. Thank you Madison!"



"Truly had the best experience with Dr. Yao and his team. Went through a breast reduction and Dr. Yao did such an amazing job! Between the pre surgery consultations and the post operation visits he made having this procedure done so easy and comfortable! He’s a very thorough doctor and made sure if I had any questions him or his team were readily available. Definitely recommend booking with Dr. Yao!!"



"I am 72 and I recently had an outer thighplasty performed by Dr. Yao. It was necessary to remove sagging fat and skin from a large weightloss 18 yrs ago. I was very happy with him and his staff every step of the way. They were professional, attentive and respectful of my age. I dreaded the procedure and was relieved that it all went smoothly."



"I had a prophylactic double mastectomy and Dr. Yao was my plastic surgeon for the reconstruction process. All I can say, is wow. He is truly what every patient wishes for in a healthcare provider. He is professional, takes his time answering questions, has amazing bedside manner, and overall just a very kind and brilliant person. He made me feel very cared for and I trusted everything he said throughout this difficult process. The staff is friendly, specifically Kacey, left a lasting impression. She was warm and took me in with open arms. As I asked many "silly" questions, she never judged me and was always so approachable. I am so proud to be a forever patient of Dr. Yao!"



*Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary from person to person. Images may contain models.