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Kare Plastic Surgery & Aesthetic Surgery

(310) 998-55331301 20th Street, Suite 240, Santa Monica, CA 90404

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IPL vs. Laser Hair Removal; Santa Monica Laser Hair Removal Kare Plastic Surgery

Santa Monica Laser Hair Removal

 

Raffy Karamanoukian, MD Inc.

Cosmetic Plastic Surgery 

 

Read our Testimonials and Reviews about Laser Hair Removal in our two Santa Monica offices: Los Angeles Plastic Surgery

 

"This is more effective than the previous IPL treatments I have had before." 

S.Z. Los Angeles, CA 


Schedule an appointment for laser hair removal in Santa Monica, CA 

1301 20th Street, Suite 240

Santa Monica, CA 90404

Phone: (310) 998-5533

Dr. Raffy Karamanoukian publishes article on Mastering the Treatment of Melasma in SkinInc

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Dr. Raffy Karamanoukian and Dr. Hratch Karamanoukian co-wrote an article on melasma treatment in the March 2012 issue of SkinInc magazine.  Melasma is a common skin problem that leads to premature aging and is characterized by skin discoloration and age spots.  Both doctors are coauthors of an authoritative textbook on melasma and provide consultation for the condition in Los Angeles, California and Williamsville, New York. 

Kare Plastic Surgery on Montana Avenue in Santa Monica

Kare Plastic Surgery is a leading skincare and cosmetic surgery clinic located on exclusive Montana Avenue in Santa Monica.  Minutes from Ocean Avenue on the shores of Santa Monica Beach, Kare Plastic Surgery is world renowned for innovative cosmetic surgery and skincare treatments that are a favorite of celebrities and world dignitaries. Our office caters to the most discriminating tastes and offers private consultations for men and women; and executive male cosmetic rejuvenation in a private setting. 

 

Kare Plastic Surgery on Montana Avenue in Santa Monica offers celebrity skincare and world renowned cosmetic treatments

About Kare Plastic Surgery & Skin Health Clinic

Kare Plastic Surgery & Skin Health Clinic was opened in 2007 with the single mission of providing exceptional and meticulous service to patients desiring cosmetic plastic surgery and for clients interested in the latest advancements in skin rejuvenation.  Our office provides comprehensive care in cosmetic surgery and has the latest treatments in laser skin rejuvenation, chemical peels, Botox, Restylane, microdermabrasion, IPL treatments, topical creams, Melarase skin regimens, and acne care. 

 

Kare Plastic Surgery is the top medical spa in Santa Monica located on Montana Avenue

 

Our team of experts is personally trained and overseen by Dr. Raffy Karamanoukian, a double board certified plastic surgeon and specialist in cosmetic plastic surgery.  Schedule a consultation with our office by calling (310) 998-5533 and see for yourself why we are the leading skincare and plastic surgery office on the Westside.  

 

Choose the top medical spa in Santa Monica with Kare Plastic Surgery on Montana Avenue

 

What is the recovery with IPL: Santa Monica IPL treatment with Dr. Raffy Karamanoukian in Los Angeles

Learn more about IPL treatment:

 

What is the recovery time with IPL Photofacials? 

 

IPL photofacials use a broad spectrum light to improve facial discoloration and sun spots on the face. The light energy is similar to laser, but is technically different that a single wavelength laser beam.  In our office in Los Angeles, we typically use IPL photofacials for sun spots, age spots, melasma, sun damage, fine wrinkles, and facial redness.  The IPL photofacials should be used in conjunction with a good sunscreen and topical treatment for skin discoloration.  We recommend the Melaquin Skin Brightening Complex line of products, including Melaquin AM and Melaquin PM. 

 

There is minimal downtime with the IPL procedure, as patients will return to normal activities after IPL.  Some of the dark spots will become slightly more noticeable and the redness from the treatment usually subsides within a few hours.  We recommend immediate application of a sunscreen, Melaquin AM Daily UV Protect or equivalent, and avoidance of direct sun exposure. 

 

Schedule a consultation for IPL treatment in Santa Monica, Beverly Hills, and Los Angeles by calling (310) 998-5533. 


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Raffy Karamanoukian Patients Choice Award - Santa Monica Breast Augmentation Specialist

Dr. Raffy Karamanoukian awarded the 2011 Patient's Choice Award.  

 

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IPL Photofacial in Santa Monica, Brentwood, Pacific Palisades - Skin Health Clinic at Kare Plastic Surgery

If you are concerned about sunspots, age spots and facial discoloration, you are not alone.  Over 50% of women of childbearing age have skin discoloration resulting from sun exposure, family history, and hormonal influences.  Sunspots and age spots can occur on the hands, chest, and face and can be improved with a combination of Melaquin skin creams and intense pulse light phototherapy.  IPL photofacials can help eliminate skin discoloration through a process known as selective photothermolysis.  To discuss your options for IPL photofacial in Los Angles, contact Santa Monica Plastic Surgeon Dr. Raffy Karamanoukian at 310-998-5533.


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Why do bulging varicose veins develop and how can I treat varicose veins? Santa Monica Vein Center

Why do bulging varicose veins develop and how can I treat them?

 

Varicose veins are lot more common than you may  think.  Up to 60% of men and women over the age of 60 have some sort of vein disease.  Varicose veins and spider veins are the most common problems associated with venous disease.  They may be cosmetic or medically-symptomatic.  The treatments for varicose veins have improved dramatically over the last decade, with innovations in laser vein removal and ultrasound guided vein removal.  Dr. Raffy Karamanoukian can provide you with the newest option for the treatment of spider and varicose vein on the legs and thighs.  He also offers treatments for small broken blood vessels and spider veins on the face.

 

Learn more about spider vein treatments at the Santa Monica Vein Center 

 

At the Santa Monica Vein Center, Dr. Karamanoukian will perform a complete examination of your veins and obtain a medical history to identify the root cause of varicose veins in your legs.  Most of the time, these conditions can be treated effectively with small injections, laser treatments, or endovenous treatment.  If you have questions about bulging varicose veins, we can provide you with many options that can minimize risk and avoid painful surgery.  Call our office at 310-998-5535 and speak to one of our patient care coordinator regarding your options for spider and varicose veins.

Can Laser Treatments Remove Spider Veins - Santa Monica Vein Center, Los Angeles

Can Laser Treatments Remove Spider Veins? Spider veins are the small thread-like blood vessels that occur near the skin on the legs and thighs.  In previous years, the mainstay of treatment for spider veins was injection related but now newer laser treatments can destroy unwanted spider veins on the face, legs, and thighs.

 

Learn more about spider vein injections at the Santa Monica Vein Center 

 

At the Santa Monica Vein Center, Dr. Raffy Karamanoukian can provide you with many options for laser spider vein removal that can instantly and painlessly eliminate the red and purple blood vessels that can arise on the legs.  Spider vein treatment with laser can be performed with the Candela laser system, the Pulse Dye Laser, or Syneron laser system.  Please call our office at 310-998-5535 and one of our patient care coordinators can provide you with the options available for laser spider vein removal in the Los Angeles area. 

 

Santa Monica Vein Center

1301 20th Street, Suite 240

Santa Monica, CA 90404

Phone: (310) 998-5533

Reviews for laser hair removal in Los Angeles, Kare Plastic Surgery
Kare Plastic Surgery Reviews Santa Monica 
 
 
Kare Plastic Surgery Review - Raffy Karamanoukian, MD FACS REVIEW

I cannot stop raving about this place. Kare Clinic has changed my views on laser hair removal. I was surprise to find a clean office and friendly staff with a Groupon deal. I had previously gone to another clinic, DermaBare, and left there in tear each time I had a treatment that I just cancelled my treatments without a refund.  When I first arrived at Kare, I was running 10 minutes late. I called while on my way to see if it would be okay to still catch my appointment. Luckily, I had time before the next appointment. When I arrived, the receptionist was very polite. She handed me the paperwork. I purchase the numbing cream (which was only $8. The other place charge me $30 - what a rip-off).  I was in the back within 10 minutes of filling out my paperwork. I placed the numbing cream under my arms and it worked quickly---within 15 minutes.  During my first visit, Kelly was my nurse. Kelly was so great. She talked me through the process and was very patient with me because I explained the horrifying experience I previous had. She also gave me the Aloe Vera afterward to cool the skin. Afterwards, my hair was thin and only growing in a few places. During my second visit, I had David and he got me in within 5 minutes and got me out within 10 minutes. He asked how the last procedure went and moved quickly. I didn't mind because I had the numbing cream on. Now don't get me wrong, you do feel the pinching/shocking a little but it is better with the cream. My two treatments were easier then treading my eyebrows with the numbing cream.

Pros: 
* Clean office  * Friendly staff  * Street & Metered parking (also a garage but you pay)
Cons:
* Need more deals :-)

Overall... Great location for laser hair removal for underarms. (I'll come back when I try another area)

Kare Plastic Surgery Reviews for Laser Hair Removal, Santa Monica Laser Hair Removal, Reviews

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Kare Plastic Surgery & Aesthetic Center Santa Monica  Review

I have been to other hair removal places and this one is so comfortable and professional.  Dr. K (don't ask me to spell it) really put me at ease with my laser hair removal experience.  He's a very nice, kind doctor with a sweet and professional staff.  He spent a lot of time discussing the process.  His prices may cost slightly more than other off the street laser hair places but that's because he's a doctor and he knows what he's doing.  He's actually a plastic surgeon by trade and I've seen some of his work on other patients while I was in the waiting room and I can tell you very honestly, he did an amazing job.  I can't say enough good things about him.  I'm considering seeing him for other procedures as a result of the good experience I've had with hair removal.

Are there differences between varicose veins and spider veins? Santa Monica Vein Center

Are there differences between varicose veins and spider veins?

 

Veins are classified based on their overall size and location.  At the Santa Monica Vein Center in Los Angeles, we specialize in the treatment of spider veins and varicose veins.  These unwanted veins on the legs and thighs can be cosmetically unappealing or can be medically symptomatic.  In either case, the first step is to identify the type of unwanted vein and then provide you with options for treatment.  Spider veins are small thread-like blood vessels that arise underneath the skin of the face, legs, and thighs.  Larger varicose veins have a bigger diameter and often bulge beyond the plane of the skin.  Both of these types of veins can be treated with a combination of injection sclerotherapy, laser vein treatment, or if necessary, surgery.  In addition, newer endovenous laser treatments can improve the root problem of varicose veins. 

 

Learn more about the differences between varicose veins and spider veins

 

Please call our office at 310-998-5535 to schedule a consultation for varicose vein or spider vein treatment in the Los Angeles area.  Santa Monica Vein Center. 

Diagnostic Vein Examination for Spider and Varicose Veins, Santa Monica Vein Clinic

Diagnostic vein examination in Santa Monica-Santa Monica Vein Center

 

Some patients may have a condition known as medical venous insufficiency, which can be symptomatic and lead to chronic and progressive pain and discomfort in the legs.  During your consultation at the Santa Monica Vein Center, Dr. Raffy Karamanoukian will evaluate your legs, followed by a comprehensive examination and history taking.  If indicated, varicose veins that are associated with pain, discomfort, aching, swollen legs, burning, itching, restless legs, and generalized discomfort may require a diagnostic procedure to determine the extent of venous reflux.  Venous reflux is a noninvasive diagnostic technique that is performed during a physical examination to determine the capacity and function of the vein valves.

 

Learn more about diagnostic vein screening

 

Our office offers comprehensive vein screening in Santa Monica, including:

 

  1. Diagnostic Ultrasound
  2. Vein Screening
  3. Vein Lite
  4. Functional Vein Duplex 

 

Schedule a consultation for vein treatment in Santa Monica by calling (310) 998-5535. 

How painful is laser hair removal? Santa Monica Laser Hair Removal

Santa Monica Laser Hair Removal

 

Raffy Karamanoukian, MD Inc.

Cosmetic Plastic Surgery 

 

Read our Testimonials and Reviews about Laser Hair Removal in our two Santa Monica offices: Los Angeles Plastic Surgery

 

"Laser is much less painful than waxing!"

C.C. Playa Del Ray


Schedule an appointment for laser hair removal in Santa Monica, CA 

1301 20th Street, Suite 240

Santa Monica, CA 90404

Phone: (310) 998-5533

Reviews about Kare Plastic Surgery; Testimonials about laser hair removal in Santa Monica

Santa Monica Laser Hair Removal

 

Raffy Karamanoukian, MD Inc.

Cosmetic Plastic Surgery 

 

Read our Testimonials and Reviews about Laser Hair Removal in our two Santa Monica offices: Los Angeles Plastic Surgery

 

"Only shaved once since my last treatment." 

T.L. Los Angeles, CA


Schedule an appointment for laser hair removal in Santa Monica, CA 

1301 20th Street, Suite 240

Santa Monica, CA 90404

Phone: (310) 998-5533

The Use of Compression Stockings for Varicose Veins, Santa Monica Vein Doctor

The use of compression stockings for varicose veins, Santa Monica Vein Center

 

Not every patient with spider and varicose veins will need to undergo treatment with laser, injection sclerotherapy, or surgery.  There are many noninvasive methods for the management of spider and varicose veins.  Dr. Raffy Karamanoukian, a board certified vein surgeon and expert in varicose veins, advocates the use of compression stockings in patients who do not require or request treatment for their vein problems.  Compression stockings provide controlled and gradient compression of the superficial surface of the legs and thighs, thus controlling the amount of dilation of the varicose vein.  These stockings come in a variety of compression pressures and often provide relief for patients who have discomfort associated with their veins.  Discomfort may include itching, burning, pain, throbbing, cramping, restless legs, and generalized leg discomfort.

 

Learn more about compression stockings and varicose veins

 

If you have varicose veins and wish to explore noninvasive and nonsurgical options for varicose veins, schedule a consultation with Dr. Raffy Karamanoukian at the Santa Monica Vein Center in order to evaluate your legs and determine a proper course of action.  Patients with mild symptoms may benefit from the use of natural remedies including topical creams and lotions, and compression stockings.  Topical creams that have horse chestnut extract may provide equivalent therapeutic benefit when compared to compression stockings.  Schedule a consultation today with Dr. Raffy Karamanoukian by calling 310-998-5535. 

 

Dr. Karamanoukian will prescribe the appropriate compression stocking for your legs and thighs, ranging from therapeutic medical stockings to lighter compression stockings.

What causes varicose veins? Santa Monica Vein Center; Raffy Karamanoukian

What causes varicose veins?

 

One of the most common reasons to develop painful varicose veins is a condition known as valvular damage.  In this condition, the direction of blood flow in the vein is disrupted and the circulation is less efficient.  This condition makes it harder for the circulatory system to direct blood in and out of your legs and thighs.  The overall insufficiency of the venous circulation can cause dilation and bulging of varicose veins and lead to a condition known as venous reflux.  During your consultation, a Doppler ultrasound probe is used to painlessly examine the direction of flow and the size of your deeper varicose veins.  Ultrasound is quick and noninvasive and can provide important answers for the future management of varicose veins.

 

Learn about spider veins at the Santa Monica Vein Center  

 

Most ultrasound examinations for venous reflux take about 20 to 30 minutes and can help Dr. Raffy Karamanoukian at the Santa Monica Vein Center manage your vein problems. The cost of the ultrasound examination is usually covered by medical insurance. 

 

If you have symptomatic varicose veins, schedule a consultation at the Santa Monica Vein Center with Dr. Raffy Karamanoukian and take the first step to help your legs.  Call our office at 310-998-5535.

Varicose Vein Surgery in Santa Monica, Dr. Raffy Karamanoukian, Santa Monica Vein Center

Varicose vein surgery in Santa Monica-Santa Monica Vein Center

 

Patients with spider and varicose veins can have a variety of presentations, including symptomatic spider veins, bulging varicose veins, and large symptomatic varicose veins.  The extent of venous disease is not only associated with the physical appearance of spider and varicose veins, but the underlying symptoms of pain, discomfort, leg ache, cramping, swelling, restless legs, and generalized discomfort.  Varicose veins can appear in the feet, ankles, legs, and thighs. 

 

Although there are variety of causes for varicose veins, the most common are related to occupation, family history, and hormonal exposure.  Most varicose veins are caused by damage to the vein valves that form the inner lining of a normal vein. Learn more about spider veins at the Santa Monica Vein Center. 

 

If you have symptomatic varicose veins, delaying treatment may cause further progression of the problem.  Dr. Raffy Karamanoukian is a board certified vein surgeon and can provide you with details for treatment of your veins.  Newer treatments include laser guided venous ablation, laser spider vein removal, foam sclerotherapy, dynamic foam sclerotherapy, radiofrequency, endovenous ablation, laser endovenous ablation, EVLT, VNUS, and ambulatory phlebectomy.  Ambulatory phlebectomy is a outpatient procedure in which small incisions are used to surgically eliminate superficial bulging varicose veins from the legs and thighs. 

 

The procedure takes less than 20 minutes to perform in most cases and patients are able to return to normal activities within 12 to 24 hours of their procedure.  Dr. Raffy Karamanoukian is an expert in ambulatory phlebectomy as well as laser guided venous treatment.  If you have questions related to varicose vein treatment in Santa Monica, please call the Santa Monica Vein Center at 310-998-5535.

Treatment of Spider Veins and Varicose Veins, Santa Monica Vein Center - Raffy Karamanoukian, MD Inc.

Treatment of Spider Veins and Varicose Veins

 

Dr. Raffy Karamanoukian is an expert in varicose vein treatment and performs comprehensive evaluation and management of varicose vein and spider vein problems in Los Angeles.  Treatment options now include laser vein removal, injection sclerotherapy, surgery, and endovenous ablation of venous reflux.  Call our office to schedule a consultation for vein treatment in Santa Monica, Beverly Hills, and Los Angeles by calling (310) 998-5535. Learn more about the Santa Monica Vein Center. 

 

Learn more about spider vein problems at the Santa Monica Vein Center

 

A report in the Journal Phlebology published in February 2012 examined the histology of a varicose vein removed during ambulatory phlebectomy and showed metaplastic changes suggestive of fibrous metaplasia and cartilaginous metaplasia.  The study by Caggiati and Franceschini from the University of Rome Department of Anatomy demonstrated the many proliferative and metaplastic changes that occur after long term venous disease. 

Dr. Raffy Karamanoukian Public Speaker and Media Expert - Clinical Educator in Cosmetic Dermatology and Plastic Surgery

 

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Dr. Raffy Karamanoukian is an insightful lecturer and clinical educator in plastic surgery and cosmetic dermatology.  He regularly teaches clinical courses to physicians and cosmetic skin specialists. His most recent clinical course is on melasma and skin pigmentation in the context of cosmetic plastic surgery.  Dr. Karamanoukian practices in Santa Monica and Beverly Hills and is a full time plastic surgeon and vein surgeon.  He holds clinical privileges at St. John’s Hospital in Santa Monica and is a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of California Irvine Department of Plastic Surgery.  Dr. Karamanoukian can customize a surgical or cosmetic dermatology presentation to meet your audience profile if you own a medical spa, plastic surgery, or cosmetic skin practice.

 

Dr. Karamanoukian is also author of over twelve clinical books and is an avid enthusiast in medical education.  Topics include melasma and skin health, plastic surgery and cosmetic plastic surgery topics, incorporating cosmetic practices into a clinical setting, vein treatments, dynamic foam sclerotherapy, rhinoplasty, and revision rhinoplasty. 

 

Contact our office manager at Kare Plastic Surgery and Skin Health Clinic to schedule an individualized clinical teaching session with Dr. Raffy Karamanoukian by calling (310) 998-5533. 

Dr. Raffy Karamanoukian - Traveling to Dr. Karamanoukian for out of town plastic surgery patients

Dr. Raffy Karamanoukian's expertise is often sought by those living outside of the Los Angeles area.  Kare Plastic Surgery & Skin Health Clinic is located in Santa Monica and serves the broader areas of Santa Monica, Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, San Fernando Valley, Orange County, and Antelope Valley.  There are many benefits to scheduling an out-of-town appointment with Dr. Raffy Karamanoukian and our Kare Plastic Surgery office will help you with the entire practice.  We will ensure that your consultation and procedure are fine-tuned to maximize your chance of obtaining an outstanding result.

 

To plan your surgery or consultation, please call our office at (310) 998-5533.  Our office will facilitate your visit and help you coordinate your time in Los Angeles, including arrangements for hotel, transportation, and travel.  We work closely with several aftercare facilities in Santa Monica and Beverly Hills that specialize in cosmetic plastic surgery.  Many of our patients undergo facelifts, rhinoplasty surgery, revision rhinoplasty, and breast enhancement procedures such as breast augmentation, breast lift, and breast reduction procedures. 

 

After your first consultation, you will be asked to make arrangements for surgery and post-surgery treatment.  Our patient care coordinators can arrange for surgery during your initial stay if there are plastic surgery arrangements made beforehand.  Almost all plastic surgery procedures will require a consultation to discuss your options, and if necessary, laboratory blood tests.  Most blood tests are taken to maximize safety during your plastic surgery procedure. 

 

Please call Kare Plastic Surgery & Skin Health Center to schedule your appointment for consultation.  We will help you obtain accomodations in the Santa Monica, Beverly Hills, and Los Angeles areas.

 

Raffy Karamanoukian, MD Inc.

Plastic Surgeon

1301 20th Street, Suite 240

Santa Monica, CA 90404

Phone: (310) 998-5533

Santa Monica: Reviews about Kare Plastic Surgery; Reviews and Testimonials about laser hair removal Santa Monica

Santa Monica Laser Hair Removal

 

Raffy Karamanoukian, MD Inc.

Cosmetic Plastic Surgery 

 

Read our Testimonials and Reviews about Laser Hair Removal in our two Santa Monica offices: Los Angeles Plastic Surgery

 

" Laser is Great. I haven't had to shave since last treatment." 

M.R. Harbor City, CA


Schedule an appointment for laser hair removal in Santa Monica, CA 

1301 20th Street, Suite 240

Santa Monica, CA 90404

Phone: (310) 998-5533

Is Laser Hair Removal Permanent? Santa Monica laser hair removal - Kare Plastic Surgery

Santa Monica Laser Hair Removal

 

Raffy Karamanoukian, MD Inc.

Cosmetic Plastic Surgery 

 

Read our Testimonials and Reviews about Laser Hair Removal in our two Santa Monica offices: Los Angeles Plastic Surgery

 

"Not growing back for a long time."

S.E. Signal Hill, CA (Regarding laser hair removal and hair growth)


Schedule an appointment for laser hair removal in Santa Monica, CA 

1301 20th Street, Suite 240

Santa Monica, CA 90404

Phone: (310) 998-5533

Kare Plastic Surgery Address and Information: Phone Contact; Santa Monica Plastic Surgery

Kare Plastic Surgery & Skin Health Center

 

Kare Plastic Surgery & Skin Health Center is located on Montana Avenue in Santa Monica. Dr. Raffy Karamanoukian is a double board certified plastic surgeon and performs surgery at the St. John's Hospital in Santa Monica, several Beverly Hills outpatient surgical centers, and Santa Monica outpatient surgery centers that focus on cosmetic plastic surgery.  Specialties include body contouring surgery, facelift and rhinoplasty surgery, and breast enhancement through a breast lift, breast augmentation, or breast reduction. 

 

Kare Plastic Surgery & Skin Health Center is located on Montana Avenue in Santa Monica

 

 

Diamond Tome Microdermabrasion in Santa Monica - Link on cosmeticboard.com

Dr. Raffy Karamanoukian is now offering the Diamond Tome microdermabrasion treatments in Santa Monica.  Diamond Tome is a specialized microdermabrasion system that utilizes a more controlled diamond microdermabrasion tip that effectively exfoliates the skin and improves acne, closed comedones, and inflammatory pimples.  To learn more about the Diamond Tome microdermabrasion system, schedule a consultation with Dr. Karamanoukian by calling (310) 998-5533.  

 

Dr. Raffy Karamanoukian is a double board certified plastic surgeon and an expert in cosmetic plastic surgery.  He has been featured on KTLA, Good Day LA, Fox News, www.realself.com , www.cosmeticboard.com ,and The Doctors.

Necklift and Facelift Expert in Santa Monica - Santa Monica Plastic Surgery

A necklift procedure has many variations, many of which will be discussed during your initial consultation with Dr. Raffy Karamanoukian.  Dr. Karamanoukian is a board certified plastic surgeon and an expert on necklift and facelift surgery in the Los Angeles area.  He performs surgery in Santa Monica and Beverly Hills.  During a necklift, the platysma muscle is tightened to reinforce and recontour the jawline, neckline, and chin areas.  During this time, excessive fat in the chin and neck area will be removed and recontoured. 

 

Dr. Karamanoukian performs platysmal plication to reinforce the anterior neckline and tighten the neck and jowls.  The necklift procedure can be performed alone or in combination with a full facelift.  Innovations in facelift and neck-lift surgery provide minimal scars and have quicker recovery than in previous years.  The goal of a necklift procedure is to restore a natural look to your face.  All necklift and facelift surgeries are performed on an outpatient basis and a consultation with Dr. Raffy Karamanoukian will help you begin the process to restore your facial contours.  Please call our office at 310-998-5533 to schedule an appointment for a neck-lift surgery in Los Angeles.

Chin and Neck Liposuction in Santa Monica - Dr. Raffy Karamanoukian Board Certified Plastic Surgeon

Neck liposuction for double chin.

 

As we age our neck loses refinement in contour along the jawline and chin areas.  Unwanted fatty deposits may lead to a more bulky neck that some may call a double chin, which causes wrinkling and bulging when the neck is flexed.  Patients with a double chin or excessive fat along the chin and neck area are candidates for liposuction to improve the overall contour of the neck.

 

The neck area is an important area of concern in cosmetic plastic surgery.  Excessive fat and loss of skin resiliency along the neck area can lead to an unesthetic appearance which may lead to premature aging.  These areas of unwanted fat can be improved dramatically with a one hour procedure under local anesthesia.  Dr. Raffy Karamanoukian at Kare Plastic Surgery is a trusted expert in microsculpt liposuction and tumescent liposuction in these areas.  He performs a minimally invasive procedure to refine the neckline and jawline in patients who have excessive fat along these areas.

 

During your consultation for chin and neck liposuction, Dr. Karamanoukian will carefully examine the amount of skin elasticity and the amount of excessive fat in order to plan an outpatient procedure to refine the neckline.  In most cases, general anesthesia is not required for chin and neck liposuction and patients do extremely well with local tumescent anesthetic. 

 

Recovery is relatively quick with patients returning to normal activities the same day of surgery with some minor bruising and swelling along the area.  Refinements in liposuction techniques over the last decade have dramatically improved recovery and results with liposuction. 

 

Dr. Karamanoukian has extensive experience in all types of liposuction including VASER liposuction, ultrasonic liposuction, traditional liposuction, microsculpt liposuction, and tumescent liposuction.  With these techniques, it is possible to refine the jaw and neckline in most patients.  Some patients who request a neck-lift procedure may actually benefit from a smaller and less invasive procedure such as neck liposuction.  Our offices are located in Santa Monica and Dr. Karamanoukian performs surgery in Santa Monica and Beverly Hills.  He serves the areas of greater Los Angeles and is available for consultation for neck liposuction and also body liposuction.  Please call our office at 310-998-5533 to schedule a consultation for neck rejuvenation with chin and neck liposuction.

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Necklift and Facelift Surgeon in Santa Monica:

 

A necklift procedure has several variations, many of which can improve skin tone, skin laxity, and muscle laxity in the neckline and jawline.  Excessive neck skin is often removed and recontoured on the neck and jaw areas during a necklift and facelift procedure.  If there is excess skin, much of the skin can be redistributed and naturally recontoured during your necklift procedure.  If there is too much laxity of the skin, Dr. Raffy Karamanoukian may perform a combination of facelift and necklift to remove the excess skin from the face and neck areas.  In doing so, the jawline, neckline, and face can be dramatically improved and highlighted. 

 

The goal of a necklift surgery is to restore the natural look of your face without changing any facial proportions that make them look natural.  Patients with excessive fat, skin laxity, and a diminished jawline and neckline contours may benefit from a necklift procedure.  Please call our office at (310) 998-5533 to schedule a consultation for necklift surgery in Los Angeles with Dr. Raffy Karamanoukian.  Dr. Karamanoukian is a trusted expert in necklift surgery and performs outpatient plastic surgery in Santa Monica and Beverly Hills.

How long is recovery after a necklift surgery? Dr. Raffy Karamanoukian Santa Monica, CA

Dr. Raffy Karamanoukian performs necklift and facelift surgeries in Santa Monica and Beverly Hills.  A necklift procedure is performed as an outpatient cosmetic surgery under general anesthesia.  Most patients will take approximately five to seven days before complete recovery from a necklift.  During this time, patients can resume normal activities, but may experience some residual swelling and bruising along the neck area.  Exercise is generally not recommended for one to two weeks after a necklift procedure and sutures are removed within one week of the surgery day. 

 

Dr. Raffy Karamanoukian is a trusted expert in neck rejuvenation and performs necklift surgery, chin and neck liposuction, and fractional CO2 laser resurfacing of the neck and jowl area.  If you have questions about neck rejuvenation, please feel free to call our office at 310-998-5533 to obtain a comprehensive consultation for cosmetic plastic surgery of the face.

How long does Fractional CO2 laser skin resufacing take? Santa Monica Plastic Surgery

Dr. Karamanoukian performs many fractional CO2 laser treatments in Los Angeles and has a well documented protocol for treatment.  Most sessions will take approximately two hours to perform and this is due to the meticulous nature of Dr. Karamanoukian’s laser resurfacing protocol.  During the treatment you will be given prior instructions for post treatment laser care and will be given adequate time to discuss all aspects of your laser treatment.  Approximately two hours of time will be devoted to you in order for you to be numbed effectively and the treatment to be performed.  The actual CO2 laser takes about 30 minutes to perform but our office dedicates approximately two hours for pre and posttreatment.  Schedule a consultation with Dr. Raffy Karamanoukian for Fractional CO2 laser by calling (310) 998-5533. 

When do patients see results with Fractional CO2? Santa Monica Plastic Surgery - Raffy Karamanoukian

Laser skin resurfacing with the SmartXide CO2 fractional laser can provide immediate results in skin texture and skin tone.  Clinicians have noted immediate shrinkage of the skin that only improves with time after the procedure.  Within days the skin will reepithelialize and a new youthful skin will begin to appear.  Patients note that there is about three to four days of swelling and discomfort that is well worth the wait.  Results are outstanding with improvement in the skin tone, skin resiliency, and texture of the skin.  Call today to schedule an appointment for laser skin resurfacing in Santa Monica and Beverly Hills. Call (310) 998-5533 to schedule an appointment for laser skin resurfacing.

What is laser skin resurfacing with Fractional CO2? Los Angeles plastic surgery Dr. Raffy Karamanoukian

Laser skin resurfacing is an alternative to facial plastic surgery including facelifts and neck-lifts.  During laser skin resurfacing, Dr. Raffy Karamanoukian uses computer generated CO2 lasers to resurface the surface of the skin, thereby stimulating the dermis to produce new collagen and elastin to create more youthful and radiant skin.  Laser skin resurfacing is also known as a laser face peel and is a very effective technique for removing fine lines, moderately severe wrinkles, skin texture, abnormalities, premature aging, sunspots, and large pores.  Unlike a facelift procedure or a neck-lift procedure laser skin resurfacing can improve the overall tone of the skin without invasive surgery. Schedule a consultation for laser skin resurfacing using the Fractional CO2 laser by calling (310) 998-5533. 

Am I a good candidate for Fractional CO2 laser skin resurfacing? Santa Monica Plastic Surgery

Patients who are good candidates for laser skin resurfacing are those with lighter skin types who have mild-to-moderate skin wrinkles, textural problems on the skin, scars, and poor skin tone.  Skin imperfections can be treated with the laser resurfacing system used by Dr. Raffy Karamanoukian, a board certified plastic surgeon.  Sun damage and premature photoaging can be dramatically improved in just one session.  The most notable improvements are in skin texture, fine wrinkling, and skin tone.  The treatment is designed to reinvigorate your skin without surgery. Schedule a consultation for laser skin resurfacing using the Fractional CO2 laser by calling (310) 998-5533.

Management of silicone lip complications with Board Certified Plastic Surgeon - Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon Dr. Raffy Karamanoukian

At some point, patients who have undergone silicone augmentation to the lips will likely develop an inflammatory condition in the early or late phase after injection, in which the body will begin to react to the silicone injection.  This inflammatory reaction may lead to pain, discomfort, swelling and aesthetic deformity of the upper and lower lips. 

 

In many cases, the silicone may actually migrate to the lip and surrounding areas, including the lymph nodes resulting to chronic discomfort and disfigurement.  The long-term complication rate for silicone injection is unknown, but is thought to be progressively worse with longer duration in the body. 

 

Dr. Raffy Karamanoukian has had vast experience in the management of silicone complications of the lips.  In fact, he is one of several plastic surgeons in the world who has an established protocol for the management of silicone lip complications.  Many of these complications include lip swelling, lip deformity, pain and discomfort, and lip bumpiness.  The global problem with patients with silicone injections is an inflammatory reaction caused by either the silicone itself or the contaminant contained within the original silicone injection.  This may result in a subclinical infection or a sterile reaction which causes inflammation.

 

Women who have had a lip injection with silicone or unknown filler may benefit from Dr. Raffy Karamanoukian’s specific protocol for silicone lip correction.  The physical burden of silicone injection may make it difficult to lead a daily life and may lead to further progression of the problem.  Using established surgical criteria, Dr. Karamanoukian can carefully analyze and examine your specific situation and develop a surgical plan to repair and restore your lips to their near original size and contour.  This is often a difficult and meticulous surgery performed on an outpatient basis and can dramatically improve the quality of life for someone with silicone lip injections.  The determination of success includes the type of silicone, the duration of the silicone injection within the lips, the presence of granulomas and silicone reaction, and the severity of the inflammatory response.

 

Despite the difficulty of the clinical situation associated with silicone complications, Dr. Raffy Karamanoukian, a double board certified plastic surgeon, has developed a specific surgical protocol to improve the size and contour of the lips.  This surgical protocol has been used successfully to treat patients with minor to severe silicone lip complications.

 

The removal of silicone granulomas, the inciting agents for the inflammatory reaction, or silicone itself, can be performed safely with minimal damage to the original shape of the lip, the sensation, or motor function of the lips themselves.  If you are suffering from complications arising from silicone lip injections or similar permanent fillers to lips, Dr. Karamanoukian can provide you with expertise in the management of lip complications for permanent fillers.

 

Surgery for correction of upper and lower lip complications with silicone injection begins with a thorough consultation and examination of the silicone.  The type of silicone and the method of injection are useful elements in the discussion and consultation.  Please provide Dr. Raffy Karamanoukian with complete details of the type of injection and the method of injection to the lip and surrounding areas.  The aesthetic shape of the lip will also be examined and the goal is to determine whether an aesthetic improvement can be achieved with surgical correction.

 

In the majority of cases, the inflammatory reaction surrounding silicone lip injection can be controlled by surgical removal of the majority of silicone.  In some cases, intramuscular infection of silicone can not be removed successfully and Dr. Raffy Karamanoukian will determine whether surgery is a useful modality for your condition.  Intramuscular silicone in the lip can not be corrected with surgery alone and Dr. Karamanoukian will determine your suitability for surgery about 30 to 40% of patients will have intramuscular silicone that can not be corrected with surgery alone and these patients will be referred to an immunologist for control of the inflammatory cycle caused by silicone.  Dr. Karamanoukian works with a group of immunologist and allergy specialists who can help control the silicone inflammatory reaction if there is no other surgical option.

 

If you are concerned about silicone in the lip and silicone scar tissue resulting from permanent augmentation Dr. Karamanoukian can provide you with a well thought out and meticulous approach to removal of the silicone lip filler.  The goal of surgery is to provide near complete resection of the silicone from the lip.

 

Many people request consultation on the phone or by e-mail regarding their silicone injections to the lip.  Unfortunately, due to the severity of the problem, useful information can only be derived from a careful physical examination with the lip in a static position and in motion. Dr. Karamanoukian cannot provide consultation by photographs or telephone interviews.  A personal and complete physical examination and consultation is required for this specific surgery. 

 

Dr. Karamanoukian is one of the only a handful of cosmetic plastic surgeons in the world who has developed a successful surgical protocol for lip silicone removal.  Patients from across the globe including the Middle East, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Kuwait, Lebanon, France, Spain, Italy, Indonesia, Russia, Japan, Korea, and China have visited Dr. Karamanoukian for his expertise in the correction of silicone lip problems.  During your consultation, Dr. Karamanoukian will examine whether the silicone is likely intramuscular, subcutaneous, or submucosal, and determine whether surgical correction can improve the aesthetic outcome of your lips. The final result is a more contoured upper and lower lip resulting from surgical debulking of the silicone granulomas and silicone permanent fillers.

 

The treatment of silicone lip complications is a difficult and time consuming task that can dramatically improve the quality of life for patients with silicone lip complications.  Silicone lip complications may cause pain, discomfort, granuloma, inflammation, swelling, and a poor aesthetic result. 

 

If you are concerned about the presence of silicone in your lips and wish to remove the silicone, Dr. Karamanoukian can provide you with specific detailed recommendation about a surgical protocol for correction of lip silicone.  This surgical protocol is unique to Dr. Karamanoukian and he can provide you with details regarding this particular surgery only during a one on one consultation in Los Angeles.  Dr. Karamanoukian has performed many of these surgeries successfully with positive outcomes that have restored a women’s lip to normal shape and contour.  In the Los Angeles area, please call our office at 310-998-5533 to obtain a comprehensive consultation to discuss your surgical option for correction of lip silicone.

Is laser skin resurfacing done under anesthesia? Los Angeles Plastic Surgery Dr. Raffy Karamanoukian

At Kare Plastic Surgery, Dr. Raffy Karamanoukian specializes in laser skin resurfacing as well as other cosmetic plastic surgery procedures such as neck-lift and face lifts.  Our office has a nationally accredited surgery center that is equipped to offer general anesthesia or local anesthesia.  Most patients will wish to undergo laser skin resurfacing with the CO2 laser under local anesthesia on an outpatient basis.  Patients may return home within 30 minutes of their procedure.  The laser skin resurfacing treatments are performed in an operating room with sterile techniques. Schedule a consultation for laser skin resurfacing using the Fractional CO2 laser by calling (310) 998-5533.

Can I go home after my laser skin resurfacing Fractional CO2 laser? Santa Monica Plastic Surgery

Patients will begin to recover from their skin resurfacing laser treatementwithin minutes of the procedure.  The skin will be stimulated to reepithelialize and the process of skin healing may take up to four days.  During this time, patients are instructed to follow our skin protocol and will be seen on followup exam within a few days of their procedure.  Please call our office at 310-998-5533 to discuss the options for laser skin resurfacing.

 

Fractional CO2 is an exciting new addition at Kare Plastic Surgery.  We are pleased to provide this exciting new computer generated ablative laser treatment to our practice as it complements facial rejuvenation procedures, without surgery. 

Can I treat burn scars with the fractional CO2 laser? - Santa Monica Plastic Surgery - Dr. Raffy Karamanoukian, MD.

Burn scars are difficult to treat, partly due to the textural changes that are in hand to large burn scars.  The surface area of a burn scar lacks skin appendages including hair follicles, pores, and sweat glands.  This results in a shiny texture to burn scars, which does not match the surrounding tissue.  Recent studies have shown the efficacy of the fractional CO2 laser resurfacing system for improvement of large burn scars.  These burn scars can be improved in terms of texture, tone, and suppleness. 

 

Dr. Raffy Karamanoukian employs the SmartXide laser resurfacing system for fractional CO2 laser treatment of burn scars and hypertrophic scars.  These scars can dramatically improve using the fractional CO2 laser.  To schedule an appointment for fractional CO2 laser for hypertrophic and burn scar, please call our office at 310-998-5533.

Ice Pick Acne Scars, Los Angeles Acne Scars, Top Acne Scar Laser

Raffy Karamanoukian, MD FACS

1301 20th Street, Suite 240

Santa Monica, CA 90404

Phone: (310) 998-5533

www.Surgery90210.com

 

What are ice-pick acne scars?

There are different types of acne scars that occur on the face and body.  The two main categories of acne scars include atrophic acne scars and hypertrophic acne scars.  Atrophic acne scars are usually hollowed out areas of the skin caused by a loss of dermal integrity as a result of inflammation or cystic acne.  Ice-pick scars have a very high depth to width ratio and are difficult to treat.

 

Ice-pick scars can show up on the face and are usually seen as narrow and deep scars on the face that cause a pitted appearance.  Ice-picked scars can be found alone or in combination with other types of acne scars, including boxcar acne scars, valley acne scars, and rolling acne scars. 

 

There are many different treatments for ice-pick acne scars including the Fractional CO2 laser performed by Dr. Raffy Karamanoukian, a Santa Monica plastic surgeon and expert in acne scar treatment.  Our office offers acne scar revision in Santa Monica and Los Angeles.  Ice-pick scars can also be treated with a combination of Fractional CO2 laser as well as acne surgery. 

 

Our board certified Los Angeles plastic surgeon can provide you with options for ice-pick scars including subcision surgery or acne surgery.  Treatments are safe and effective and reduce the appearance of acne scars.  To schedule a consultation in our Los Angeles plastic surgery office, please call Dr. Raffy Karamanoukian at 310-998-5533.

Earlobe repair for gauge earrings? Los Angeles plastic surgery

Can earlobe repairs be performed for gauge earrings?

 

Gauge earrings are increasingly popular and individuals with gauge earrings may desire repair of the earlobe piercing hole if they are returning to work, recruited into the military, or going back to school.

  

Gauge earrings can vary in size and dimension and can cause permanent deformity of the earlobe.  Depending on the size and caliber of gauge piercing, a board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Raffy Karamanoukian can help you achieve your desired goals in terms of earlobe repair after gauge piercing.  Dr. Karamanoukian has expertise in the management of gauge earrings and earlobe repairs.  He is available for consultation in Los Angeles by calling our plastic surgery patient care coordinator at 310-998-5533. 

 

Repair of gauge piercing requires an outpatient surgical procedure that takes approximately 30 minutes to 45 minutes to perform.  The patients are able to resume normal activities within hours after the surgery and with minimal downtime.  Call 310-998-5533 to schedule your comprehensive consultation for earlobe repair from gauge piercing with Dr. Raffy Karamanoukian.

 

Kare Plastic Surgery & Skin Health Clinic

1301 20th Street, Suite 240

Santa Monica, CA 90404

Phone: (310) 998-5533

 

About Raffy Karamanoukian, Dr. Karamanoukian, Raffy Karamanoukian, Dr Raffy Plastic Surgery

Learn more about Dr. Raffy Karamanoukian, a double board certified plastic surgeon practicing in Beverly Hills and Santa Monica.  Dr. Karamanoukian is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and is a diplomate of the American Board of Plastic Surgery.  He is described as having an outstanding aesthetic eye by his plastic surgery peers.  Dr. Karamanoukian performs outpatient plastic surgery in Los Angeles and emphasizes safe techniques that maximize natural outcomes. 

Practice emphasis includes the following aspects of cosmetic plastic surgery: 

 

  1. Facial Cosmetic Surgery
  2. Body Contouring
  3. Breast Enhancement
  4. Neck Lift
  5. Neck Liposuction
  6. Facelift
  7. Breast Augmentation
  8. Breast Lift / Breast Reduction
  9. Abdominoplasty
  10. Body Liposuction

 

Our office is dedicated to the highest standards of safety and excellence in cosmetic plastic surgery.  Please call our Los Angeles plastic surgery patient care coordinator to schedule a comprehensive consultation for cosmetic plastic surgery of the face and body. Call (310) 998-5533 to speak to one of our patient coordinators. 

 

Raffy Karamanoukian, MD FACS

Kare Plastic Surgery, Santa Monica

1301 20th Street, Suite 240

Santa Monica, CA 90404

Phone: (310) 998-5533

What are some reasons to undergo labiaplasty in Los Angeles? Kare Plastic Surgery

What are some basic reasons to undergo labiaplasty in Los Angeles?

 

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Pregnancy and childbirth may cause changes in the labia minora, including enlargement of inner lips of the female genital region.  This enlargement may cause patients to experience discomfort associated with wearing certain types of clothes, sports activities and intimacy.  In some patients labia minora enlargement may occur as a result of normal development and may result in excessive growth of the labia minora.  A cosmetic surgery procedure known as a labiaplasty may help define and recontour the labia minora.  In doing so, there is a noticeable improvement in the cosmetic appearance of the labia minora as well as improvement in symptoms associated with labia minora enlargement. 

 

The most common symptoms for undergoing labiaplasty include problems with hygiene, discomfort associated with sports activities, wearing of tight fitting clothes, and intimacy. 

 

It is believed that labia minora enlargement is an under recognized source of dyspareunia, which is a medical term used to describe pain and discomfort during intercourse.  If you have questions regarding labiaplasty surgery, please call our Los Angeles plastic surgery patient care coordinator at 310-998-5533.  Our office staff will help coordinate a comprehensive and confidential consultation for labiaplasty surgery with Dr. Raffy Karamanoukian.

 

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