plastic surgeons in San Diego , CA
Contact: Amir Karam Location: San Diego, California View Website

Overview

As a double board-certified facial plastic surgeon, Dr. Karam is driven by the opportunity to improve the quality of life of his patients. He is inspired by the improvement in self-confidence he sees in his patients every single day. When Dr. Karam’s mother underwent heart transplant surgery 23 years ago, he too underwent a significant change. It was for him a definitive moment. Seeing the changes the physicians enacted in his mother’s life, the pure joy they brought to her, resulted in an epiphany that lead Dr. Karam to his current path. It was at that moment that he decided to devote himself to helping others through medicine. Aging can be a trying and difficult process; no one enjoys the transformation as your former, youthful visage begins to sag and loosen into the face of a stranger. With years of skill and experience in facial plastic surgery, Dr. Karam’s passion is stopping that transformation in its tracks. His patients arrive disillusioned and downtrodden by the effects of aging and leave confident, youthful and glowing. It wasn’t until Dr. Karam’s first year of medical school that he realized that he wanted to pursue a career as a facial plastic surgeon. During those first months of early exposure to the field, he found that facial plastic surgery fit his personality and intrinsic qualities. It’s a specialty that requires the perfect blend of demanding surgical execution, artistry, and creativity. With the face, there’s no room for error. Dr. Karam’s innate ability to pay attention to detail made him the perfect candidate for the specialty. But more than anything, he understood how important people’s appearances are to them. Here, he realized, he could have the greatest impact on his patients’ lives. It was never destined to be an easy path. Dr. Karam first spent 11 years doing clinical and scientific facial plastic surgery research at UC Irvine School of Medicine, where he published over 20 scientific articles and presented over 40 scientific presentations. As a result of his determination and hard work, Dr. Karam was awarded the Gordon J. Hatfield Award for the best overall performance in surgery in his class. Since then, for the last 20 years, Dr. Karam has been honing his craft. Most people don’t enjoy the pressure and responsibility that comes along with the field, but Dr. Karam thrives in the tough environment -- it drives him to always want to deliver the best to his patients and pushes him to be innovative in his practice. Perhaps the aspect of Dr. Karam’s career that he is most proud of is his specific, centralized specialization. The face is both complex and delicate, and the impact of facial plastic surgery is enormous. When you focus on a narrow range of procedures and do them over and over again as he has, you naturally develop an expertise, allowing you to get results that aren’t just better, but safer. When it comes to the face, Dr. Karam believes you absolutely need to have this level of commitment and experience. You can’t hide the face. You have to get it right the first time.Dr. Karam’s devotion to his craft has allowed him to develop innovative ways of treating the aging face with the goal of creating a natural and fully-restored appearance. Not being distracted by other procedures allows him to focus on perfecting the limited procedures he does perform. Every patient receives a unique, specialized and perfectly crafted procedure and result. Dr. Karam has always recognized the importance of comprehensively addressing the aging changes so that the whole face looks balanced and rejuvenated. Rather than treat one aspect of the face, thereby essentially aging the other areas, he treats the face as a whole, resulting in an outcome that is seamless and totally natural.Dr. Karam is now proud to say that he is an innovative force in the field of facial plastic surgery. He has penned dozens of research articles, presented at more than 40 scientific national and international meetings, and he is often invited to speak on the subject at colleges and universities. His textbook, Facial Rejuvenation, has come to define the standard in facial rejuvenation for his colleagues and students of the craft. And most importantly, his work has been repeatedly recognized by the public. Dr. Karam been named Best Cosmetic Surgeon in San Diego seven times, and patients fly in from around the world to receive his treatments. Dr. Karam tries to share his rare talent and extraordinary skill with the community whenever possible. It brings him great joy and pride to be able to share his medical expertise with those who normally wouldn’t have access to it. Dr. Karam volunteers with FACE to FACE, an organization through which he provides surgery to victims of domestic violence, helping to restore confidence in those who need it most. He also donates his medical skills to victims of violence and veterans in order to make those trying times a little more manageable. His practice donates to a variety of local charities and organizations, including Casa De Amparo, for the treatment of victims of child abuse and neglect; Fresh Start Surgical Gifts; Sharp HospiceCare; local schools, both public and private; and many others. Dr. Karam is so grateful that in addition to performing a job he loves every day, his career also allows him to give back to a community that has already given him so much. As much as Dr. Karam loves his work, he loves his family even more. He believes one of the reasons he relates to his patients on such a personal level is their mutual passion for family. Dr. Karam met Neda during his first year of medical school and almost immediately knew he had found “the one.” Within a year they were married. They started a family after a few years, and now have four beautiful boys: Cameron, Daniel, Nicholas, and Luca. When he’s not working, nearly all of his time is spent with them. Dr. Karam and his wife enjoy taking the boys to their various athletic activities and watching their enthusiasm for life grow.Dr. Karam coaches their basketball and flag football teams and loves taking them out on the golf course. At the moment, soccer and golf are their passions. Whenever he gets the chance, he loves to hit the road and explore the country with his family. It means a lot when Dr. Karam says that his care plan and approach for his patients is exactly the same as for his family members. It is a point of pride, for himself as well as his entire team, to ensure every patient is comfortable throughout their interactions with Carmel Valley Facial Plastic Surgery and is overjoyed with their results. It is an honor and a pleasure to offer his expertise to every single patient in order to help them feel like their best, most confident selves. After 20 years, Dr. Karam still feels like he is living a dream. He feels like he’s the luckiest person to have the opportunity to make such a positive emotional impact in his patients’ lives.
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