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804 7th Street, (Corner of Montana Avenue)
Santa Monica, California 90403 US
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5 out of 5 stars CO2 Laser

Skilled and Empathetic Plastic Surgeon - Santa Monica, CA

Dr. K is one of the finest plastic surgeons in the Los Angeles, Beverly Hills and Santa Monica area. He is more skilled than most and understands the aesthetics that are involved and was able to revise a scar so that it virtually disappeared! He is a master at botox, Juvederm and others, so that no one can tell you have it. His aftercare is superb. I highly recommend him!

5 out of 5 stars Stretch Marks Treatment

amazing!! - Los Angeles, CA

Dr. Raffy Karamanoukian is AMAZING. The man knows what he's doing and on top of all he is very nice, honest, and professional. He also worked around my budget and gave me good prices on all the procedures I had done, thats how cool/nice he is. His staff is also awesome and they make you feel welcomed. I started going to see Dr. Raffy Karamanoukianwent for stretch mark removal treatment in...

5 out of 5 stars Melasma Treatment

Life Changer - Santa Monica, CA

Dr. K is not only an amazing doctor but a friend as well. He cares and listens to what your needs and concerns are. I highly recommend him. He has helped me tremendously with my Melasma, to the point were random people come up to me and compliment me on my skin. I owe it all to him! I truly consider this as a life changer because skin is so important and he made such a difference in my skin and in my life.

5 out of 5 stars Birthmark Removal

Skeptic Turned Believer - Santa Monica, CA

I asked other doctors and his name always came up. I went to this guy not really trusting doctors or surgeons, frankly. His bedside manners and his reassuring tone made me comfortable right away. The results were amazing. Now I can go out in public and not be ashamed of my appearance. That's why I highly recommend Dr. K. I would go again, and I would recommend my friends and family.

5 out of 5 stars Ear Lobe Surgery

What a Doctor! - Santa Monica, CA

I was referred to Dr. Karamanoukian by a friend. I gave him these ratings because he's awesome...he has a great bedside manner, he's educated but not haughty, he's confident but not obnoxios and he has a very calming nature.

5 out of 5 stars EVLT

I Had a Big Bulging Vein and Now Its Gone. Amazingly Gone! - Los Angeles, CA

I chose Dr. Karamanoukian because of a friend of mine had a mom that went to Dr. Karamanoukian. She was so excited about the results and about Dr. Karamanoukian. I am so happy with my results and how I feel now. I have had three surgeries with him and we are all so pleased. Dr. Karamanoukian just made me feel at home and has a great bedside manner to him.Updated on 11 Dec 2012:Dr. Karamanoukian was referred to me and I am so glad I chose him.

5 out of 5 stars Eyelid Surgery

Eyelid Surgery Was Just Wonderful...Magnificent - Los Angeles, CA

The most wonderful courteous doctor there is. Dr. karamanoukian's bedside manner is the best. Makes you feel that he will make you as beautiful as can be.

5 out of 5 stars Scar Removal

Beyond My Expectations - Santa Monica, CA

Dr. is excellent, Staff is outstanding and they earned and deserve an exceptional rating! I chose Dr. Karamanoukian through his informative web-site. Dr. Karamanoukian, is a complete professional, double board certified. His attention to detail surpasses all others. Dr. K utilizes the latest techniques to achieve optimal results. He makes you feel completely comfortable, is very thorough in explaining procedures. Dr. K & staff are attentive to all of your needs and concerns. I've been waiting for 35yrs. to get "scar revision", Dr. Karamanoukian has superseded my expectations, and gave me a new outlook on life!

5 out of 5 stars Scar Removal

Phenomenal Surgeon & Wonderful Man - Los Angeles, CA

Dr. Raffy Karamanoukian is absolutely phenomenal! He is a skilled surgeon and a wonderful man. He works with the utmost tenderness, compassion and care. This, added to the fact that he demonstrates expertise and precision in his work, provides me great comfort and relief in knowing that I need never go elsewhere! Dr. K literally made possible the impossible for me by treating a multitude of scars on my legs and arm that I have had the majority of my life. After consulting several doctors over the years and being told nothing could be done, I largely gave up trying and resolved to continue to wear pants and long sleeves year-round for the foreseeable future. To my utter amazement and profound gratitude, Dr. K changed all of that! To begin with, he gave me hope. For the months (soon to be years) since, he has endeavored to shrink and heal the scars, employing both his vast knowledge and cutting edge technology. Moreover, he has done all of this in a way that is affordable for me - which would have been completely impossible, if not for his generous heart. I cannot possibly speak highly enough of Dr. K. I can, however, with all confidence remark that your choice to work with him is wise and will be well-rewarded. Be glad you found him and rest assured that you are in great hands.

5 out of 5 stars Eyelid Surgery

Dr. K Made Me Whole After Another Doctor Botched a Lower Blepharoplasty - Los Angeles, CA

Dr Karamanoukian fixed what this other doctor screwed up - I look 20 years younger and feel great. Nice office. Nice location. Friendly staff.

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Board Certifications

Board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery


Fellow, American College of Surgeons (FACS)

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Awards & Recognition

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Dr. Karamanoukian has hospital affiliations at St. John's Hospital, Santa Monica California.


  • Undergraduate & Medical School

    Undergraduate: University of California Los Angeles, 1994
    Medical: MD, University of California at Los Angeles, 1998
  • Post-Medical School Training

    General Surgery, University of California, San Diego, 2002
    Plastic Surgery, University of California, Irvine, 2005

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Restylane Injections and Postprocedural Bruising and Swelling

Restylane injections in the lips and nasolabial folds may cause temporary bruising and swelling. After injection, application of a bruising medication like BruiseKare or Bruisestick may minimize bruising and swelling after injection.

Obagi Nuderm vs. Clenziderm - Which is better?

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Reducing Surgical Bruising and Inflammation using Natural Arnica montana tablets

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Conditioning your skin with the Obagi Nuderm program: Preoperative program

The following instructions are suitable for a preoperative Obagi Nuderm program: AM: Obagi Foaming gel Obagi Toner Clear: 1 gram Obagi Exfoderm Obagi Healthy Skin Protection PM: Obagi Foaming gel Obagi Toner Obagi Clear: 1 gram Obagi Blender: 1 gram mix w

Is clinical recurrence required for Mohs Micrographic Surgery?

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How Much Weight Can I Lose from Tummy Tuck Surgery?

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How I can make my penis colour fair?

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How Long After Liposuction is Pain and Swelling Normal?

Liposuction on the body is generally not a very painful procedure after the acute postoperative period during the first 48 hours. The procedure is... READ MORE

How Much Fat Can Be Removed During Laser Liposuction?

Laser and ultrasound assisted liposuction is superior to regular liposuction, in that it not only removes excess body stores by aspiration, but it... READ MORE

Is Radiesse Good for Lip Augmentation?

Radiesse has an excellent safety profile and in many cases, such as the nasolabial folds, I believe that it is a superior product, per unit volume, to... READ MORE

Best Laser Treatment for Scars and Large Pores?

Laser may not be the solution in your case. Generally, large pores, chicken pox scars, and acne scars have a low width to height ratio, thus making it... READ MORE

How Can I Get Rid of Bug Bite Scars?

Bug bites on the legs can be treated with topical creams, chemical peels, and laser. I routinely see these patients who have immigrated to the United... READ MORE

What Are my Options for Permanent Lip Augmentation?

There are many options for every procedure, including permanent lip augmentation. However, the real question is whether any of these should be... READ MORE

Before and After Photos by Dr. Karamanoukian

Raffy Karamanoukian, MD, FACS has shared 11 before and after pictures with 136 helpful votes from the RealSelf community.

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Scar Revision with Injectable Fillers

Forehead scars can become very visible with indentation problems, widening, and textural changes. Dr. Karamanoukian uses a subcision and injection filler technique to improve a forehead scar with indentation. WATCH VIDEO

Large Keloid Scar Treatment Options

Dr. Raffy Karamanoukian demonstrates a treatment of a large keloid on the shoulder that is raised and thick. He describes his treatment protocol and aftercare guidelines. WATCH VIDEO

Clear + Brilliant Laser: Treat Sun Damage and Fine Wrinkles on the Chest, Neck, and Breast

Dr. Raffy Karamanoukian demonstrates the Clear + Brilliant fractional laser treatment for the d├ęcolletage area and describes what it treats. WATCH VIDEO

Acne Scar Treatment With Sublative RF and No Downtime

Dr. Raffy Karamanoukian explains how a sublative fractional RF treatment can help reduce acne scarring on the face for patients with deep scars, valley scars, and boxcar acne scars. WATCH VIDEO

Vein Surgeon Discusses Treating Varicose Veins and Spider Veins

Dr. Raffy Karamanoukian discusses how varicose and spider veins are connected, as well as how treating them at the root can minimize a significant area of visibility. WATCH VIDEO

A Doctor Removes Silicone Micropellets From the Buttocks

Watch as Dr. Raffy Karamanoukian removes silicone micropellets from the buttocks after a botched Brazilian butt lift. WATCH VIDEO

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