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.

Education

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.

Specialties and Expertise

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

Personal

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

Reviews

"Dr. Yao and his team were truly amazing to work with. I had initially had my surgery scheduled and ran into a few bumps on my side with the preoperative tests that were required. They supported me through the entire thing. Amanda the office manager was excellent she listened and assured me all would be okay. A couple months later I was able to have the surgery and everything went super smooth. I’m thrilled with the results as well. Dr. Yao does such a wonderful job listening to your desires and matching that with what he knows is best for the individual. Results are very natural looking thank you Dr. Yao and team!"

A.P.

Google

"Dr. Yao and his team were truly amazing to work with. I had initially had my surgery scheduled and ran into a few bumps on my side with the preoperative tests that were required. They supported me through the entire thing. Amanda the office manager was excellent she listened and assured me all would be okay. A couple months later I was able to have the surgery and everything went super smooth. I’m thrilled with the results as well. Dr. Yao does such a wonderful job listening to your desires and matching that with what he knows is best for the individual. Results are very natural looking thank you Dr. Yao and team!"

A.P.

Healthgrades

"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!"

B.C.

Google

"Arm Lift: Would highly recommend Dr.Yao and the team at Forma. - Would highly recommend Dr.Yao and the team at Forma. They are super kind and friendly. My process has been a dream! From the consult to pre op to surgery day to post op appts! Go see them for yourself!"

B.

RealSelf

"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."

J.L.

Yelp

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