About Amir M. Karam, MD
Amir M. Karam, MD practices in San Diego at Carmel Valley Facial Plastic Surgery as a Facial Plastic Surgeon, board certified by American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and American Board of Otolaryngology. Dr. Karam was invited to join RealSelf in 2008, and has achieved "Distinguished Member" status. The doctor has 7 years of experience providing cosmetic and aesthetic medical services, and is a member of American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS). Dr. Karam has hospital affiliations at University of California, San Diego Medical Center, and Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla .
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Posted by 170896anon
This doctor and his staff truly care for their patients satisfaction. This combined with Dr K's excellent work is a perfect combination any patient seeking help would look for.
Posted by nicoleasaro
My experience was a wonderful one. I always suffered from inheriting an italian nose, that was oversized for my face. I went to concultations with many doctors and found that Dr. K's consult was beyond any of those other consultation experiences. He made me feel very comfortable and made sure I understood every part to the rhinoplasty process. I feel that this office is execptional when it comes to being personable and truly caring for their patients. They take into consideration each patients wishes and tailor to every need. Thanks to Dr. K and his knowledge I have the nose I have always dreamed of having!
Posted by pamela423
FYI-about the cost. I had a fat transfer and lower eye lid tuck in addition to the rhinoplasty so I'm not sure of the actual cost. I may have gotten a break in price because I had been to him previously. The reason to use Dr. K is skill with providing the results you want. Everyone in his office is terrific but the main reason is the surgical skill so that you get natural looking results. I'm not going to share my photo's on line but you can ask him to see my photo's and others.
Posted by 170896anon
I was pleasently surprised when Dr K asked me to reconsider my decision and do the procedure once I was mentally prepared and completely sure I wanted to do it. He said so due to a couple of reasons 1. I was more than just nervous and I had backed off once before since I was too scared 2. He was worried that if the result wasn't what I expected I would not take it easily and that I wasn't mentally prepared 3. since what I wanted was not something that was required to make a huge difference in my appearance but just for my personal satisfaction This was the second time he had done something like this and as a patient he had won my complete confidence coz I knew his patients satisfaction mattered to him the most. The first time I backed out of a procedure after making the payment since I was scared. He took the time to talk to me and help me relax. I was already informed that the entire amount would not be reimbursed if I'd backed out. But despite this he asked for my entire payment to be credited since this is not something I was comfortable doing at the time.
Posted by sandiegan
dr. k is a wonderful doctor! he and his staff are professional, yet they are warm and care about my well being. i get botox and restylane from dr. k and i love his "less is more" approach. also, even though i only get botox and restylane at this point he always does them himself and makes me feel just as important as those that see him for more major and costly procedures. thank you carmel valley facial plastic surgery!
Posted by bignosenolonger
Dr. K is a real artist--his results are beautiful. Also he has a very laid back, professional, and patient bedside manner. To top it off, his staff is incredible--responsive, friendly, and knowledgeable. I highly recommend him!
Posted by sgsdchgo
His focus is faces only. He know just the right amount of treatment and work that needs to be done and won't be pursuaded by the patient. The end result is the face and he is maticulous in ensuring that the work is appropriate, not obvious but complimentary. I would do it again and again. It changed everything about my appearance without looking plastic or overdone.
Posted by Bar mag
Dr. K is the best when it comes to fat Transfers. Very talented and specialized in this procedure. Has a lot of experience in the field.
Posted by Cjbsurf
Affordable, excellent results and amazing professional staff!
Amazed and Thrilled with my Facelift, Upper and Lower Eyelids, Fat Transfer and Chemical Peel - San Diego, CA
Posted by elizabethb
The friendliest staff, and the doctor was professional and so nice. He counseled/suggested to me his recommended procedures and I could not be happier. Natural results but dramatic improvement.
Posted by feelinggood
Dr K did a superb job & I felt minimal discomfort
Posted by aorona
Highly recommended. He's certainly not the cheapest surgeon around, but when you're getting work on something as prominent as the nose, it's really important to go for quality. In my experience, his aesthetics emphasize a natural look to the shape of the nose such that he errs on the conservative side. Unless you are going for the Michael Jackson look, this is the sense of beauty that someone operating on your face ought to have. Office environment is comfortable, well-designed (ostensibly by him, though I have doubts), and the staff are really hot and really nice. At the end of the day, none of that matters because what you want is a good result. However, it makes the process very comfortable.
Posted by Mona1010
Dr. K is so kind and thoroughly explains your options to you. He is honest and sincere and really knows what he is doing!!! I am definitely going back to him to have any such procedures done. I have also done Botox with him twice now and I've had the same, fabulous treatment.
Posted by Miss B
When it comes to my face, I don't want to take chances or cut corners. It's simply not worth the risk. It's difficult to put into words how safe I felt with my doctor. He listened to what I wanted, didn't pressure me into any procedures I wasn't ready for, and produced a result that was beyond what I expected.
Posted by IloveJ.Morrison
I would absolutely recommend Dr. K to anyone looking to get a chin implant or rhinoplasty...Especially a rhinoplasty! The whole staff were so warm and helpful all along the way and even after recovery. The results were beautiful and even better than I expected! He truly has an artistic eye.
Posted by Montana13
Dr. K is very patient oriented. He spends the time with you to make sure you are completed comfortable and understand the procedure you are having and he makes reasonable sugguestions or alternatives. Very conscientious.
Posted by fullfacefattransfer
I chose my doctor because he only does facial procedures, no boobs, no tummy tucks. Facial procedures are his specialty and he is board certified. He is very knowlegeable & I trust him 100%. His staff is great as well. Everyone was so friendly.
Mini Facelift & Full Face Fat Transfer - I Look So Much Better After a Few Procedures!!! - San Diego, CA
Posted by Judith Ann
Because I look so much better, and feel better about myself!!!
Posted by akinsman
From the first time I met Dr. K,I knew that we would be using him. He was attentive, informative and listen to my concerns. He is confident and his staff is supportive as well as friendly. The one thing that also stands out with Dr. Karam is that he wants his patients to be happy with the resuts. During the consultation he asked what you like and don't like so he can use his skill to give you the outcome you desire.
Posted by cmoe
Very nice, helpful, professional, kind, skilled, etc.
Posted by Aura 2010
Dr. is a perfectionist who is very honest about what can and cannot be done... and what he recommends would look best for you personally. He is more than a doctor, he is an artist who takes meticulous care to achieve natural results. I will not go to any other facial surgeon even though I have moved to another state.
Posted by scorpiogirl
I highly recommend Dr. K. He is professional, personable and very dedicated. In the future, I will not go anywhere else for treatments.
Posted by Snitz_145
Informative, patient, and he truly loves what he does!
Posted by Bridget1
He is down to earth and very conservative. His office staff is very professional and very kind as well.
Posted by anne900
he does what he says, says what he does and follows up as if he really cares about you
Posted by encinitas mom
He takes time to talk to you and doesn't try to "sell" treatments. His results are natural looking refreshed looks.
Posted by Taylor T
This man is a knowledgeable, competent, calm and patient certified plastic surgeon with impressive credentials and experience. He has incredible bedside manner with post procedure care that is flawless. I could not be happier with my results!
Posted by Californiasuzie
Professional, careful, compassionate with an expert team. Competitively priced! His specialty is the face, that's important.
Posted by London2664
dr karam did exactly what he said he would do, so you know what to expect and how you will look after the surgery.
Posted by Mon
Dr. Karam has an excellent reputation in the community, particularly for rhinoplasty. His office staff is very friendly as is the doctor himself. He provided a visual projection of the end result. In my opinion, the actual surgery turned out even better. All of my questions were answered, and he was respectful about my concerns. I've never waited very long to see the doctor. It was a quality experience from the beginning.
Posted by Larissa Miller
Dr. Karam is extremely kind and answered all of my questions. His staff called me a day before each appointment as a reminder and I never waited more than 5 minutes in the office.
Posted by ss in San Diego
I have rated Dr. Amir Karam excellent in all of the above categories due to the care that I received from him and his entire staff from beginning to end. I researched Dr. Karam background as well as other plastic surgeons in the area, and am so delighted that I selected him. I received an SI facelift, an eye pinch, and a full fat transfer. I knew that Dr. Karam is an expert in fat transfers. I know that this procedure is still relatively new and that some are skeptical regarding its lasting results. I am here to tell you that I am thrilled with the results of this procedure, and that it only continues to get better with time! I will always be grateful for the wonderful care I received.
Posted by Boston4247
Rating based on professional office staff, caring doctor, and of course, the results so far!
Posted by Rxmssd7
Dr. Karam is truly a spectacular surgeon and there is not a day that goes by that I'm not thankful for the decision I made to choose him to conduct my rhinoplasty. My mom and I researched so many doctors and went to a few consultations, but once we were acquainted with Dr. Karam, we felt he would be the best doctor for my needs. Dr. Karam's passion for his practice and desire to adhere to his patient's desires was emulated to us at our first consultation. He is such a caring, attentive doctor and his staff is also incredibly caring and attentive and they go above and beyond in answering any inquiries you have and putting all your uncertainties to rest. He is the absolute best and I would never go to anyone else for a procedure as pivotal as a rhinoplasty, or any others, for that matter!
Posted by Zahra H
Dr.Karam really cares about his patients and is very honest. He will listen to you, give you his best advice, and gives you the best results he can to his full potential. His staff is very kind, and professional. I would recommend his services to anyone! The price is well worth it!
Posted by ulla
After you have been at Dr. Karam's office, there simply is no other place. You are so well received, they care so genuinely about you getting what you want. I, for example, is very conservative, never wear make up, and Dr. Karam is so respectful of that. Never tries to talk me into doing more than what I would feel comfortable with. I have done upper and lower eye lid surgery and fat transfer and it looks amazing, still after three years. I have also had botox and juvaderm and it just looks great. You really feel that you're in good hands when the staff themselves don't look like wax dolls (which is the case at many other clinics). Dr. Karam's clinic is pricier than many other clinics, but I love them and just feel safe there. It is absolutely worthwhile to wait and save up a few extra months and knowing that you will walk out of there 100% satisfied.
Posted by nep2nesreef
Doctor Karam only works on Faces, so I felt quite confident in him after doing tons of research and in interviewing others. He is AMAZING, he's not all talk, he knows what will work with your facial features and what won't. He is honest and will not try to make you into something your not! I'm a licensed esthetician, so for me I'm very particular with who works on my face, from my facials to who does my fillers, to actual surgery. Hands down, he had the best bedside manner, as well as the best surgical mind and hands! he answered all questions we had in depth if we needed it. After Care was AMAZING. Both phone and email responses are immediate, the staff is beautiful inside as well as out. The pricing was totally fair. The Staff plan for your visit, so wait times were NEVER a issue. My after photo was taken yesterday, a year and a half after the before photo you see! AMAZING! I couldn't be happier!!!!
Posted by Rafchoochie
If you look like crap afterwards... too bad. He'll be really nice about how you are on your own.
Treatments offered at Carmel Valley Facial Plastic Surgery
Education / Training
BS in Biochemistry and Cell Biology, University of California, San Diego
BA in Anthropology, University of California, San Diego
Medical: MD, University of California, Irvine College of Medicine
Residency: Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery, University of California, Irvine Medical Center
Fellowship: American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, University of California, Irvine