About Dr. Santos

Dr. David Santos brings decades of expertise as a premier facial plastic surgeon and a pioneer in the use of cutting-edge technology in his field to Seattle Plastic Surgery. As a top plastic surgeon, he is frequently called upon to educate other surgeons about the latest developments in medical technology and facial plastic surgery throughout the United States and abroad. As such, he is often found at the forefront of developing medical technologies and often one of the first plastic surgeons to utilize the newest technologies and protocols. This includes performing procedures using local anesthesia and oral sedation to minimize risks and downtime for his patients.

A closeup of Dr. David Santos Face Lift Specialist

Dr. Santos’ History & Education

Dr. Santos began his career at the University of California Berkeley where he graduated as President of the Biologic Society. He then pursued his MD at Tulane University, where he observed his first facelift procedure performed by Dr. Stephen Mathes. At the time, Dr. Mathes was the Chair of the Department of Plastic Surgery at the University of California, San Francisco. He is still considered one of the fathers of modern day plastic surgery. This sparked Dr. Santos’ lifelong interest in facial surgeries and facelifts and desire to become one of the top facelift surgeons in the world by studying under, and observing some of the leaders of their times. These leaders include six former Presidents of the American Academy of Facial Plastic Surgery. As a lifelong student, Dr. Santos continues to observe the procedures of others across the county to both study and to educate.

The results from this education are evident through Dr. Santos’ dual board certifications from the American Board of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery and the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. In addition, Dr. Santos is also a fellow with the American College of Surgeons and has professional memberships in the American Medical Association, The American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, the Washington State Medical Association, the Northwest Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, and the King County Medical Society.

Certifications & Affiliations

  • Board Certified In Otolaryngology
  • Board Certified Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
  • American College of Surgeons
  • American Medical Association
  • Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
  • NW Academy of Otolaryngology
  • Physician and Surgeon, State of Washington
  • King County Medical Society


Dr. Santos is a pioneer in the use of local anesthesia and oral sedation for facial plastic surgery procedures. Historically, surgeons only performed under general anesthesia. He comes to Seattle Plastic Surgery after serving as the Medical Director of a national group comprised of over 30 facial plastic surgeons in roughly 15 surgical facilities. Having overseen over 15,000 plastic surgery procedures and having performed thousands of facial procedures himself, he is truly a master of his craft. We are proud to have a top plastic facial surgeon on our team to offer cutting edge services to our patients in Seattle, Kirkland and Bellevue. Please do not hesitate to call, email or contact us to schedule a free consultation with Dr. Santos today!

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If you have any questions or want to schedule a consultation with Dr. David Santos and Seattle Plastic Surgery, please call us at 206-324-1120 or email us with any questions or comments.