Arthur Yu, MD, PHD

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Arthur Yu, MD, PHD

Dr. Yu completed his plastic surgery training at the world-renowned Mayo Clinic. He has learned from some of the world’s most admired and respected masters of plastic and cosmetic surgery. Dr. Yu completed his general surgery residency at Cornell University Brooklyn Hospital Center. He completed an additional fellowship in Head and Neck Surgery at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, a top-ranked international organization.

An innovator in the field of aesthetics, Dr. Yu is a multi-award-winning Plastic Surgeon of international recognition. From inventing revolutionary procedures like Restoration Liposuction, the non-surgical nasal injection, Art TipLyft™, as well as pioneering award-winning cutting-edge treatments like the Relay PDO Thread Facelift, Dr. Yu is regularly invited to speak at the most influential medical meetings every year.

Recently, Dr. Yu was recognized at the 2024 AMWC Conference by winning the Maverick Award for his PDO Facelift & Contouring which he won in the same category in last year’s meeting which was held in Monaco.


Award-Winning Excellence & Innovation


  • Board Certified Plastic Surgeon
  • 20+ Years of Plastic Surgery Experience
  • Inventor of ART TIPLYFT®
  • Inventor of Relay PDO Thread Facelift
  • Inventor of Restoration Liposuction
  • The Maverick Award winner of 2024 AWMC*, for PDO Facelift & Contouring
  • Best Threads Treatment winner of 2023 AWMC* Monaco
  • Top 3 Best Surgery Body Shaping of 2023 AMWC* Monaco
  • Keynote Speaker at the Miami Cosmetic Surgery (MCS), 2022
  • Featured Guest Speaker, Vegas Cosmetic Surgery (VCS), 2021
  • Maverick Award Winner – Master Class, Surgical & Non-Surgical, MCS 2021

*AWMC is the Aesthetic & Anti-Aging Medicine World Congress

  • (June 1998-June 1999) Post-doctoral Fellowship, Department of Biochemistry, Department of Molecular Pharmacology, University of California, Los Angeles, CA

  • (Aug 1992-June 1998) Doctor of Philosophy, Pathobiology, University of Southern California Department of Pathology, Los Angeles, CA

  • (Sept 1982-July 1988) Doctor of Medicine, Shanghai Medical University School of Medicine Shanghai, China (Currently Fudan University Shanghai Medical College)

  • (July 2004-June 2006)    Fellowship, Plastic Surgery, Mayo Clinic, Division of Plastic Surgery, Rochester, Minnesota

  • (Oct 2002-Jan 2003) Fellowship, Head and Neck Surgery M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Department of Head and Neck Surgery, Houston, Texas

  • (July 1999-June 2004) Residency, General Surgery, Cornell University Brooklyn Hospital Center, Department of Surgery, Brooklyn, New York

  • (Sept 1988-Aug 1992) Residency, Orthopedic Surgery, Shanghai Medical University Huashan Hospital, Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Shanghai, China

  • Certified, American Board of Plastic Surgery

  • American Society of Plastic Surgeons, 2009 – Present

  • American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons, 2023-Present

  • (2021-present) Educational and Conference Program Sub-Committee

  • (2021) Regenerative Medicine Committee

  • (Jan 2024-present) Contributing Editor, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Journal

  • (Apr 2006- present) Physician and Surgeon, State of California, USA

  • (Jul 2004-Jul 2006) Physician and Surgeon, State of Minnesota

  • (Jul 1999-Jul 2020) Physician and Surgeon, Sate of New York

  • (Aug 2006-Present) Attending Plastic Surgeon, Garfield Medical Center, Monterey Park, CA

  • (Aug 2006-Present) Surgeon and Director, Premier Cosmetic Surgery and MedSpa, Arcadia, CA

  • 2002 – The Most Distinguished Dr. Orlando J. Ballantine Head and Neck Surgery Fellowship, M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas

  • 2004, First Place, Cornell University Brooklyn Hospital Vincent Tricomi M.D. Research Award, New York, New York

  • 2004, Cornell University Brooklyn Hospital AM Chir Best Chief Resident Award

  • 2010, First Place Winner, Comprehensive Facial Makeover, The Aesthetic Show

  • 2021, Maverick Award, Nose Tip Elongation and Elevation: A Novel Filler Injection Technique. Miami Cosmetic Surgery Conference

  • 2021, Maverick Award, The algorism for the finesse of Asian Upper eyelid surgery. Miami Cosmetic Surgery Conference.

  • 2023, First place winner, AMWC Monaco, Aesthetic Medicine World Congress 2023, PDO thread face lift with a relay bi-laminar deployment of PDO threads using a combination of different techniques based on surgical deep plane face lift principles.

  • 2023, Top 3 finalist, AMWC Monaco World Congress 2023, female body sculpturing using a combination of high definition liposuction in combination with extra-long barbed PDO threads

  • 2024, Top Gun Maveric Award, AMWC Americas 2024, PDO Facelift from a Plastic Surgeon’s Perspective

  • 2024, Maveric Award, AMWC Americas 2024, Proper Forehead fat grafting in Non-Caucasians

  • Arthur Yajing Yu and Abigail Anzhuo Yu. Asian upper eyelid anatomies in live patients and their use in guiding Asian upper blepharoplasty. Ready for submission

  • Arthur Yajing Yu, Discussion: Nonsurgical Rhinoplasty in Patients of African Descent: a Retrospective Review. PRS-D-23-01571. Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Accepted for Publication in June 2024.

  • Arthur Yajing Yu, Yuqing Tang, and David Edward Yu. Female Abdominal Landmarks and Their Improvements Using Polydioxanone Thread Placement for Umbilicus Elevation. Plast Reconstr Surg Glob Open. 2023 Nov 17;11(11):e5413. doi: 10.1097/GOX.0000000000005413.

  • Arthur Yajing Yu. TipLyft: A Safe and Effective Filler-Based Rhinoplasty. The Aesthetic Guide. 2022;July/August:84-85

  • Arthur Yajing Yu. Restoration Liposuction of the Abdomen: High-definition Liposuction With Umbilicus and Lower Abdomen Improvement Using PDO Threads. Aesthet Surg J. 2023 May 15;43(6):NP413-NP423. doi: 10.1093/asj/sjac232. 

  • Arthur Yajing Yu, Nose Tip Elongation and Elevation: A Novel Filler Injection Technique. Aesthet Surg J. 2022 May 18;42(6):660-676. doi: 10.1093/asj/sjac006. 

  • Nho V Tran, Allen T Bishop, Phyllis A Convery, Art Y Yu. Venous congestive flap salvage with subcutaneous rtPA. Microsurgery. 2006;26(5):370-2. doi: 10.1002/micr.20254.

  • Yajing Yu, and Danville Myrie (2002). Osteosarcoma in a breast phyllodes tumor. Surgical Rounds, 25, 405-411.

  • Yajing Yu., Alexander J. Annala, Jorge R. Barrio, Tatsushi Toyokuni, Nagichettiar Satyamurthy, Mohammad Namavai, Simon R. Cherry, Michael E. Phelps, Harvey R. Herschman & Sanjiv S. Gambhir. Quantification of target gene expression by imaging reporter gene expression in living animals: Nature Medicine, Aug 2000, 6 (8), 933–937

  • ZhangXu LiuYajing Yu (Co-first Author), and Gunther Dennert. A cell surface ADP-ribosyltransferase modulates T cell receptor association and signaling. J Biol Chem. 1999 Jun 18;274(25):17399-401. doi: 10.1074/jbc.274.25.17399.

  • Okamoto Shige, Olga Azhipa, Yajing Yu, Elizabeth Russo, and Gunther Dennert. (1998): Expression of ADP-Ribosyltransferase on Normal T Lymphocytes and Effects of Nicotinamide Adenine Dinucleotide on Their Function: J Immunol. May 1, 1998, 160 (9) 4190-4198. 

  • Yajing Yu, Shigefumi Okamoto, Eiji Nemoto, and Gunther Dennert. Molecular Cloning of a Functional Murine Arginine-Specific Mono-ADP-Ribosyltransferase and Its Expression in Lymphoid Cells. DNA and Cell Biology. 1997;16(2): 235-244. doi:10.1089/dna.1997.16.235

  • Nemoto Eiji, Yajing Yu, and Dennert Gunther. Cell surface ADP-ribosyltransferase regulates lymphocyte function-associated molecule-1 (LFA-1) function in T cells. J Immunol. 1996; 157: 3341-3349.

  • Gunther Dennert, Jin Wang, Eiji Nemoto, and Yajing Yu (1996). Regulation of cytotoxic T cell functions by a GPI-anchored ecto-ADP-ribosyltransferase. Biological Significance of Mono-ADP-Ribosylation in Animal Tissues. Hamburg-Blankenese, May 1996, s4.

  • Arthur Y. Yu. Methods for Lifting and Tightening Various Areas of the Body. USPTO Patent Application in progress. HDP Ref.: 18843-000004-US-PS1 US. Appln. No.: 63/337,840.

  • Arthur Y. Yu. Nonsurgical Methods for Nasal Modification Including Nasal Tip Elevation And/Or Elongation USPTO Patent Application in progress. HDP Ref.: 18843-000002-US US. Appln. No.: 17/502,744.

  • Arthur Y. Yu, Jim Ye, and David Yu. An effective and convenient device for liquid fractionation and its use thereof. USPTO Patent Pending

  • Arthur Y. Yu and Jim Ye. A tissue disaggregation device combining a screw press with a triturator and its use thereof. Patent Application in progress

  • Arthur Y. Yu and Jim Ye. Methods and apparatus for tissue disaggregation and its use thereof. USPTO Patent Pending.

  • Arthur Yu. Art TipLyft. USPTO Trademark. 2022.

  • 2023, Devision of Plastic Surgery, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN

  • For 2020 Plastic Surgery the Meeting, American Society of Plastic Surgery. San Francisco, CA 

           1.     A novel nonsurgical technique for nasal tip improvement

           2.     A novel approach for closed Asian rhinoplasty

           3.     The proper aesthetics for Asian forehead fat grafting

           4.     A new comprehensive 3-D Asian upper blepharoplasty

  • For 2021, Miami Cosmetic Surgery Conference, Miami, FL

           1.     Algorithm for finesse of Asian upper blepharoplasty

           2.     A Novel Nonsurgical Technique for Asian Nasal Tip Improvement

           3.     The Proper Aesthetics for Asian Forehead Fat Grafting

  • For 2021 Vegas Cosmetic Surgery Conference, Las Vegas, NV

           1.     A Combinatory Treatment Approach to “Heavy” Lower Faces in Asian Female Patients

  • For 2022, Miami Cosmetic Surgery Conference, Miami, FL

           1.     Completely Closed Rhinoplasty: an intra-oral approach

           2.     Restoration Liposuction: a new paradigm for abdominal rejuvenation

  • For 2022, Aesthetic Multispecialty Society (AMS), Videos on Demand

    1. Nasal Elongation and Tip Improvement with a Novel Nonsurgical Technique
  • For 2023, Visiting Professor to Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN

    1. New Minimally Invasive Asian Upper Blepharoplasty Techniques
    2. Nose Tip Elongation and Elevation with Fillers Injections
  • For 2023, Miami Cosmetic Surgery Conference, Miami, FL

           1.     Nose Filler Safety: A Discussion About Vascular Compromise with Different Techniques By One Surgeon

  • For 2023, American Society of Plastic Surgery Spring Meeting

    1. Hi-Def Liposuction in combination with PDO Threads for Abdominal Improvement
  • For 2023, AMWC Monaco, Aesthetic Medicine World Congress, Monaco

    1. Advanced nose tip elongation and elevation: a novel filler injection technique with no risk of vascular compromise
  • For 2023, Vegas Cosmetic Surgery Conference, Las Vegas, NV

    1. The Ideal Umbilicus Position: A Guide for Umbilicus Repositioning After Liposuction and Lipo-abdominoplasty
    2. Complications Management: Nose Filler injections
  • For 2023, ISAPS Olympiad Athens World Congress, Athens, Greece

    1. Forehead Fat Grafting for Aesthetic Augmentation in the Asian Patients
    2. A Novel Nose Tip Injection Technique for effective nose tip lifting and Elongation
    3. How to achieve the finest face fat grafting results in non-Caucasians
    1. Minimally invasive Asian rhinoplasty
  • For 2023, American Society of Plastic Surgery the Meeting, Austin, TX

    1. Panelist: Puppet Masters: Threads in Body Contouring. Video on demand
    2. Panelist: Female Finesse High Definition Abdominal Contouring: Threads in Female Body Contouring
    3. Moderator: Midface lift: What Works and What doesn’t
    4. Moderator: Scientific Abstract Presentations: Aesthetic Session 5
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