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.  While in New York City, Dr. Lao had 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. He returned home to Taiwan and currently serves as an Attending Physician in the Department of Plastic Surgery in Chang Gung Memorial Hospital in Taipei and Linkou.


11 Years of Professional Experience

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.


English, Chinese, Japanese


Best Resident Research Award 2013, Medical College of Wisconsin

2nd Place in Best Basic Science Presentation at 52nd Midwestern Association of Plastic Surgeons 2013 Chicago

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.


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


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


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 In Taiwan

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