An Amazing Doctor - You're in Good Hands - Santa Monica, CA
- updated 8 months ago
I've been a patient of Dr. Karamanoukian since I...
- 24 Apr 2013
I am a blonde, blue-eyed, fair-to-medium skin...
- 25 Apr 2013
I was not aware that there was anything I could do about this until I happened to see Dr. Raffy Karamanoukian who I found after a lengthy search for a very highly-rated dermatologic surgeon. I was actually seeing him for moles that I was concerned about (He did an outstanding job taking care of those by the way), but during my appointment he had noticed my little red moles and redness and introduced me to pulsed-dye laser (PDL) treatments. I am someone who is always very cautious and nervous with new procedures, and the idea of using a laser on my face freaked me out. He thoroughly explained how I would feel during and after and the proper care post-treatment. All went exactly as he described. The treatment itself was not that painful at all like I had expected. My face was red afterwards for a few hours and slightly swollen on the targeted areas, and the angiomas turned from red to a dark purplish color before finally scabbing and disappearing. The swelling went down after 2 days, and the scabbing process took a couple of weeks, so of course during that time, I ‘checked-in’ with the dr. to make sure it was healing properly. He reassured with patience as he always does.
The initial PDL treatment worked well; however, it is not always a 1-time deal. The redness can return over time, and new veins show up, which is common for people with rosacea like mine (Thanks to those genes!). Dr. Raffy explained this to me in the beginning, so it is something that we redo periodically. For me, it took 2 treatments to completely remove my cherry angiomas, but they were slightly large. It is a treatment that is definitely worth it if you suffer from the same skin ailments as mine, and I would highly recommend that you only have this procedure performed by a very skilled and reputable doctor such as Dr. Karamanoukian.
I've been a patient of Dr. Karamanoukian since I moved to Los Angeles 4 years ago. He is extremely knowledgeable and talented in all aspects of skin health. I've had several skin concerns that he has addressed for me including mole removals, rosacea, vascular lesions, scar repair, fixing other dr's mistakes, you name it. (*Refer to my review of the Pulsed-Dye Laser treatment for rosacea and vascular lesions if that is a concern for you). He is very patient and takes the time to explain procedures and answer questions (and I ask a lot of questions), which is very refreshing. I always know that I can count on him to take care of my skin concerns and help me keep a youthful appearance. He is not only an amazing doctor but also a wonderful person. Any patient of Dr. K. is in good hands. I highly recommend him. The only reason I am not giving 5 stars for Wait Times is that the office does get quite busy; however, that is due to the excellent care that everyone gets who comes through the door. Also, the office staff does let you know if the appointments may be running behind so you can plan accordingly. Visiting Kare is always a very pleasant experience.