Amir M. Karam, MD

Carmel Valley Facial Plastic Surgery
11943 El Camino Real
Suite 100
San Diego, CA 92130

About Dr. Amir M. Karam

Dr. Karam is a skilled facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon in San Diego California with a distinguished academic and surgical record.

Known for his honesty, compassion and warm demeanor as his naturally enhancing results, Dr. Karam is respected by his peers for his professional integrity, innovative contributions, artistry and excellent technique. Known as the “doctor’s doctor,” Dr. Karam is often paid the ultimate compliment; he is asked to perform surgery on his fellow physicians and their families.

As one of the very few surgeons in the country devoted to a narrow field of plastic surgery, Dr. Karam has dedicated his life to three plastic surgery specialties:

1. Innovative surgical and non-surgical techniques that rejuvenate the eyes, face and neck
2. Rhinoplasty – cosmetic or functional surgery of the nose
3. Revision rhinoplasty – repairs to prior surgery of the nose

Credentials of Dr. Amir M. Karam

University of California, San Diego B.S. Biochemistry and Cell Biology B.A.
Anthropology Graduated summa cum laude, phi beta kappa

Medical School:
University of California, Irvine College of Medicine
Alpha Omega Alpha (Top 10% of class)

Internship (PGY-I): University of California, Irvine Medical Center, Department of Surgery, General Surgery

Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery University of California, Irvine Medical Center
Chief Resident, Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, University of California, Irvine Medical Center

Plastic Surgery Fellowship:
American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery University of California, Irvine.

Board Certified, American Board Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Board Certified, American Board of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery

Societies – Memberships – Affiliations:
American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
American Academy of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery
San Diego County Medical Association
California Medical Association
American Medical Association

Medical License:
Current California State Medical License

Hospital Affiliations/Privileges:
Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla
San Diego VA Medical Center
Cosmetic & Vein Surgical Medical Center of La Jolla, Inc
Del Mar Surgery Center

Award for Outstanding Patient Care, Teaching, and Research at UC Irvine
Recipient of numerous honors and awards including Phi Beta Kappa, Golden Key National Academic Honor

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Location & Map for Dr. Amir M. Karam

Carmel Valley Facial Plastic Surgery
11943 El Camino Real
Suite 100
San Diego, CA 92130

Testimonials from the patients of Dr. Amir M. Karam

Testimonial for Procedure: Rhinoplasty
Ok, so all of the other reviews sounds like they went through marketing consultants. Here’s my review, which is highly positive, but based on explicit reasoning and logic. Situation: had to get deviated septum corrected due to repeat infections as diagnosed by my ENT. My nose did not conform to general ideals of beauty because: 1) there was a slight break on the ridge, and 2) a hook. My nose was the only feature which was not attractive by objective standards. Given the fact that I had to go under the knife anyway, it just made sense to opt for cosmetic procedures. Decided not to go for an ENT because they usually don’t have the experience, education, or aesthetics in rhinoplasty of a proper plastic surgeon. Review of Dr. Karam and Office: Aesthetics emphasize naturalness, which is what you need for someone working on your nose (or face at all for that matter). Only people who I knew prior to the surgery can tell I’ve had something done. He has a well-designed office with very pleasant (and hot) staff. Ultimately, what you care about is the final result not the office, though the atmosphere makes the whole process more comfortable. Why I Chose Dr. Karam: When you choose an older surgeon, you get a lot of experience. When you choose a younger surgeon, you get someone who knows the latest techniques and methods in their discipline. So I tried to find a surgeon who was younger, preferably publishing (which means he’s keeping up with the latest in the field), but had a couple of years of experience. Latest techniques often mean less scaring (in my case, I have none) and better recovery. Dr. Karam fit the bill. Not sure if the surgeon calculus would be the same for procedures other than Rhinoplasty. Cost: Upper-mid range. He’s basically a young elite plastic surgeon, so the price might go up as he gets older. My opinion is that with other parts of the body, it might be ok to opt for a less expensive surgeon. But with the face you really ought to go for the highest quality available because it’s going to be marginally different (probably in the range of (10%-40% variation between surgeons’ costs) and it’s something you have to look at every day in the mirror for the rest of your life. Just my thoughts.
Alex – Feb 11, 2010

Testimonial for Procedure: Rhinoplasty
I am still getting sooo many compliments on my nose. I was just remembering you, because I went to go visit my mom and her neighbor who has known me since I was 11 told me how nice I look and how he was impressed that by just changing the nose has changed so much of my facial features. Thank You again so much! Take Care!
B. Monroy Rhinoplasty

Testimonial for Procedure: Rhinoplasty
Dr. Karam is one of the most gifted surgeons I have ever met.

I had the honor of meeting Dr. Karam 3 years ago while working in the medical esthetician field. He had one of the most impressive bedside manners, and incredible before and after pictures. After briefly speaking with Dr. Karam I knew he was the one. My Rhinoplasty was such a great experience. For me minimal bruising minimal swelling and after a week things looked perfect. He truly has a gift and I am so fortunate to have met him.
Brianne – Sep 21, 2009

Testimonial for Procedure: Facial Cosmetic Surgery

So pleased!

I never dreamed that I would have enough confidence in a doctor and staff where I could muster up the courage to have facial cosmetic surgery. I am middle aged and just recently had surgery by Dr. Karim. I feel I look 10 years younger but the best thing is that none of my friends and family can tell I had surgery. They believe I look fresher or that my haircut makes me look younger. Dr. Karim has a gift of keeping your natural look so the surgery can go undetected by most people. Dr. Karim and his staff were always extremely friendly and comforting while remaining very professional and competent. I really cannot recommend this surgeon and staff more.
Barb – Jan 5, 2010

Testimonial for Procedure: Facial Cosmetic Surgery
When I decided to have cosmetic surgery to refine and improve the appearance of my jawline and neck, I chose Dr. Amir M. Karam. Why? I have known Dr. Karam for over 10 years. As a colleague I have had the opportunity to witness first hand his excellent surgical skills and dedication to obtaining the best results possible with every patient. I specifically did not want to look like I had undergone surgery. I didn’t want to change my appearance, only enhance it. The results are stunning. Dr. Karam performed a masterful improvement in my face and neck. My jaw and neckline appear elegantly sculpted with subtle recontouring that dramatically improves my facial profile.
A.J. Mirhadi, MD, Board Certified Radiation Oncologist,
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center

Procedures performed by Dr. Amir M. Karam

  • Rhinoplasty
  • Facial Rejuvenation
  • Facelift
  • Fat Transfer
  • Otoplasty
  • Mole Removal
  • Skin Rejuvenation
  • Injectable fillers
  • Laser Treatments
  • Latisse
  • Eye Rejuvenation
  • Lip Augmentation
  • Hand Rejuvenation
  • Chemical Peels
  • Botox
  • Sculptra
  • Blepharoplasty
  • Neck Lift
  • Juvederm Voluma

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