William lao, M.D

Taiwan | Canada | USA


William Lao, M.D. is a fully USA trained plastic surgeon who specializes in cosmetic surgeries of the face and the body.  Dr. Lao has patients internationally from all ethnicities due to his understanding of cultural ideals and customized surgical approach.

Dr. Lao grew up in Taipei, Taiwan.  He spent his high school years in Vancouver, Canada where he graduated first in his class and matriculated at The Johns Hopkins University in the United States.

He earned his bachelor’s degree double majored in Biomedical Engineering and Computer Science and later earned his Doctorate of Medicine degree (M.D.) both from The Johns Hopkins University.

Dr. Lao then completed six years of integrated residency training in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the Medical College of Wisconsin.  After residency, he completed the most sought out aesthetic surgery fellowship in Manhattan, New York under the guidance of Dr. Sherrell J. Aston.

He is licensed in both the United States and in Taiwan and double boarded in Plastic Surgery in both countries. After years of practicing as the Attending Physician in the Department of Plastic Surgery in Chang Gung Memorial Hospital in Taipei, he returned to Manhattan New York to start his own private practice.


More than 10 Years of Professional Experience

Medical Licensed in both the USA (New York, California, Wisconsin) and in Taiwan

Board Certified Plastic Surgeon in both the USA and in Taiwan


Medical College of Wisconsin
Milwaukee, USA

Integrated Plastic Surgery Residency


The Johns Hopkins University, School of Medicine
Baltimore, USA

Doctorate of Medicine (M.D.)


Chang Gung Memorial Hospital
Linkou, Taiwan

Research and Clinical Fellowship in Reconstructive Microsurgery



Natural, Non-Surgical Look

Dr.Lao believes the best cosmetic surgery should not have an operated look. His post op patients often come to follow ups with a tan because they have the confidence to show their body after surgery without any artificial appearance. He also believes in standardized photography for before/after photos to honestly assess surgical results without exaggerated makeup and camera angle manipulation.

Special interview of Dr. Lao while working in Asia.

NYU Doctor Radio Show
Manhattan, New York

In the New York University (NYU) recording studio. Dr. Lao and Dr. Aston hosting the NYU Doctor Radio Show on: “Cosmetic Surgery for the Summer.”

Television Show
Taipei, Taiwan

Dr. Lao was invited to appear on TV to discuss the current trends in autologous fat grafting in Taipei.


English, Chinese, Japanese


Member of American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS)

Member of American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS)

Member of International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ISAPS)

Faculty and Live Surgery Demonstrator for 6th Chang Gung Aesthetic Forum 2016

Founding Member of Asian Society for Breast Plastic Reconstructive Surgery

Best Research Award 2013, Medical College of Wisconsin

2011 Research Scholarship from Overseas Compatriot Affairs Commissions Taiwan

Member of Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society

Member of the Golden Key International Honour Society

Member of the Alpha Eta Mu Beta Biomedical Engineering Honor Society

Member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars

Canadian Governor General Award

Canadian Provincial Scholarship


Lao WW. Ethnic considerations in liposuction. In C Chia & S Theodorou, Liposuction and emerging technology on body contouring. New York, NY: CRC Press. In Press

Lao WW, Abdollahi H, Tabbal N. Cosmetic open rhinoplasty. In T Tran, S Thaller, Z Panthaki, & J Hoballah, Operative dictations in plastic and reconstructive surgery. New York, NY: Springer.

Lao WW, Abdollahi H, Matarasso A. Short scar facelift with Quill sutures and fibrin sealant. In T Tran, S Thaller, Z Panthaki, & J Hoballah, Operative dictations in plastic and reconstructive surgery. New York, NY: Springer. 

Matarasso A, Abdollahi H, Lao WW. Managing the components of the aging neck: From liposuction to submentalplasty, to neck lift. In M Shiffman & A Giuseppe (2nd Edition), Liposuction: Principles and practice. New York, NY: Springer.


Ryu MH, Kahng D, Khoo LS, Lao WW. Preserving orbicularis branches of the Zygomatic nerve with the Orbicularis Oculi Muscle – Superficial Musculoaponeurotic System Flap complex in facelift surgery. Plast Reconstr Surg Glob Open

Lao WW, Larsson J. Periorbital rejuvenation with fat grafting. Plastic Surgery Education Network. 2018 Oct. < http://www.psenetwork.org/casereport/periorbital-rejuvenation-with-fat-grafting> 2018 Oct

Wang CI, Yu CJ, Huang Y, Yi JS, Cheng HW, Kao HK, Lao WW, Chang KP. Association of overexpressed karyopherin alpha 2 with poor survival and its contribution to interleukin-1b-induced matrix metalloproteinase expression in oral cancer. Head Neck. 2018 Mar

Eltohami Yl, Kao HK, Lao WW, Huang Y, Abdelrahman M, Liao CT, Yen TC, Chang KP. The prediction value of the systemic inflammation score for oral cavity squamous cell carcinoma. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2018 Jan

Ito R, Huang JJ, Hsieh WC, Kao HK, Lao WW, Fang KH, Huang YL, Chang YL, Cheng MH, Chang KP. Identification of predisposing factors for osteonecrosis of the jaw after marginal mandibulectomy in the surgical management of oral squamous cell carcinoma. Journal of Surgical Oncology.  J Surg Oncol. 2017 Nov

Kwon SH, Lao WW, Yen CI, Lin YT, Wu KP, Chang TN. Aesthetic multiple-toe reconstruction with combined iliac bone graft and wraparound free anterolateral thigh flap – A case report and literature review. Ann Plast Surg. 2017 Feb

Lao WW, Sanger JR. Marjolin’s Ulcer from a chronic venous stasis ulcer – a case report and a review of literature. Journal of Taiwan Society of Plastic Surgery. 2015 Jun; 24(2):168-174

Ramirez AE, Lao WW, Wang YL, Cheng HY, Wei FC. Two stage face transplantation: a new concept in vascularized composite allotransplantation. Microsurgery. 2015 Mar;35(3):218-226 

Lao WW, Sanger JR. Symptomatic ischemia resulting from late upper extremity venous graft occlusion. Formosan Journal of Surgery. 2015 Feb; 48:44-48 

LoGiudice JA, Wyler von Ballmoos MC, Gasparri MM, Lao WWWhen the gastrointestinal conduit for total esophageal reconstruction is not an option: review of the role of skin flaps and report of salvage with a single stage tubed anterolateral thigh flap. Ann Plast Surg. 2014 Dec.

Ramirez AE, Cheng HY, Lao WW, Wang YL, Wen CJ, Wallace CG, Lin CF, Shih LY, Chuang SH Wei FC. A novel rat full thickness hemi-abdominal wall/hindlimb osteomyocutaneous combined flap: influence of allograft mass and vascularized bone marrow content on vascularized composite allograft survival. Transpl Int. 2014 Sep;27(9):977-986 

Lao WW, Wang YL, Ramirez, AE, Cheng HY, Wei FC. A new rat model for orthotopic abdominal wall allotransplantation. Plast Reconstr Surg Glob Open. 2014 May 7;2(4):e136

Lao WW, Denny AD. Internal distraction osteogenesis to correct symptomatic cephalocranial disproportion.
Plast Reconstr Surg. 2010 Nov;126(5):1677-1688 

Lao WW, Niparko JK. Assessment of changes in cochlear function with pneumolabyrinth after middle ear trauma. Otol Neurotol. 2007 Dec;28(8):1013-1017


Lao WW. Nasal skin cancer reconstruction. Taiwanese Dermatologic Association, Taipei, Taiwan, November 2018.

Lao WW. Periorbital rejuvenation in Asian. 17th Shanghai International Aesthetic Plastic Surgery Conference, Shanghai, China, March 2018. Taiwan Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Taipei, Taiwan, April 2018.  American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, New York, USA, April 2018.  Taiwanese Dermatologic Association, Taipei, Taiwan, November 2018.

Lao WW. Mommy-makeover: Solutions to Post-Partum Breast and Abdomen. Taiwan Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery Annual Meeting, Taipei, Taiwan, November 2017.

Lao WW. Application of Mastopexy and Breast Reduction Principles for Breast Cancer Reconstruction.  2nd Suzhou Breast Symposium, Suzhou, China, August 2017.

Lao WW. Application of Botulinum toxin for Facial Aesthetics. Kaohsiung Medical College, Kaohsiung, Taiwan, May 2017.

Lao WW. Aesthetic Proportions. China Medical University, Taichung, Taiwan, October 2016.

Lao WW. Abdominoplasty: My Preferred Technique. Instructor and Live Surgery Demonstrator. 6th Chang Gung Aesthetic Forum, Taoyuan, Taiwan. September 2016.

Lao WW, Aston SJ. Periauricular facelift for the bald patient. Oriental Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (OSAPS) 2016, Taipei, Taiwan. International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ISAPS) 2016, Kyoto, Japan.

Kwon SH, Lee CH, Lao WW, Wu HT, Cheon YW, Chang NJ. Preference for aesthetic procedures between Taiwan and Korea. 2016 Taiwan Surgical Association annual meeting, Taipei, Taiwan.

Hsieh WC, Lao WW, Lu CY, Chang NJ. One-staged reconstruction for degloving foot injury using salvaged skin grafting plus negative pressure wound therapy. 2016 Taiwan Surgical Association annual meeting, Taipei, Taiwan.

Yen CI, Lao WW, Lin YT, Chang NJ. Toe reconstruction with iliac bone graft and wrap around free anterolateral thigh flap. 2016 American Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery, Phoenix, USA.

Aston SJ, Lao WW. Video Presentation: Lower lid pinch, autologous fat grafting, and laser.
In The Cutting Edge Symposium 2015. New York, New York. Video Editor: William Lao, Audio Editor: Ricardo Somarriba.

Aston SJ, Tamburrino J, Lao WW. Video Presentation: Periauricular facelift for the bald patient. In The Cutting Edge Symposium 2014. New York, New York. Video Editor: Iniy Lyi, Audio Editor: Ricardo Somarriba.

Aston SJ, Abdollahi H, Lao WWVideo Presentation: Anatomical basis for various platysma procedures. In The Cutting Edge Symposium 2014. New York, New York. Video Editor: Iniy Lyi, Audio Editor: Ricardo Somarriba.

Lao WW, Wang YL, Ramirez, AE, Cheng HY, Wei FC. A new rat model for orthotopic abdominal wall allotransplantation. Abstract presented at 2013 ASRM, Naples, Florida and 2013 IPRAS Santiago, Chile and Midwestern Association of Plastic Surgeons 2013.