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Discovering a profoundpath towards artistry

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.

After graduating at the top of his class, he went on to pursue surgical training in otolaryngology -- head and neck surgery -- followed by a fellowship in advanced facial plastic and reconstructive surgery, which is only offered to 40 people each year.

Choosing a specialization

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 in 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.

Building a thriving practice

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.

A focus on facial transformation

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.

Facial rejuvenation techniques

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.

A family man

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.

Amir M. Karam, MD

Board Certified Facial Plastic Surgeon Facial Plastic Surgeon:Carmel Valley Facial Plastic Surgery

Educational Courses Attended

The 21st Annual Symposium on the Latest Advances in Facial Plastic Surgery Newport Beach, CA, August 2007

UC Irvine Rhinoplasty Course Irvine, CA, June 8, 2007

The 20th Annual Symposium on the Latest Advances in Facial Plastic Surgery Newport Beach, CA, August 2006

9th International Symposium of Facial Plastic Surgery Las Vegas, NV May 1-4 2006

Advances in Reconstructive Options for Lipoatrophy San Diego, CA, Dec. 15, 2005

Advances in Rhinoplasty American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Chicago, Illinois, June 26- July 1, 2005

Rejuvenation of the Aging Face, American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery San Diego California, April 2004

AO/ASIF North America, Management of Craniomaxillofacial Trauma June 2004

Loma Linda University, Department of Otolaryngology, Rhinology and Sinus Surgery Course 2004

Honors And Awards

Voted 2019 Top Doctor by Castle Connolly

2nd Place Resident Research Award, Department of Otolaryngology- Head and Neck Surgery UC Irvine

Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society (by nomination)

Recipient of the 2005 Resident Award for Outstanding Patient Care, Teaching, and Research. Department of Otolaryngology- Head and Neck Surgery, UCI American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Research Award (Co-author)

Bernstein Resident Research Award, American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery AAO-HNS, C.O.R.E

American Medical Association Research Foundation, Seed Grant Program Recipient AAO-HNS-Ortho-McNeil Travel Grant Triologic Society Resident Research Award- Travel Grant

AAO-HNS-Ortho-McNeil Travel Grant

J. Gordon Hatfield MD Surgical Award: for highest performance on the General Surgery Clerkship in the class of 2001

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Professional Societies Membership

American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

American Academy of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery

Professional Committees

Young Physicians Committee American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

Regulatory and Socioeconomic Affairs Committee American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

Research Committee American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Face to Face Committee, American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

Service to Peer Review Journals

Reviewer Lasers in Surgery and Medicine

Presentations/Invited Lecturer

“Aesthetic Facial Surgery,” MedSpa Cosmetic Symposium, 6/07

““Facial Analysis” Facial Plastic Surgery Conference UC Irvine Medical Center, 7/10/06

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The prevalence of external auditory canal exoxtoses in surfers. Archives of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery. 1999;125:969-972

Angiogenic Response in the Chick Chorioallantoic Membrane Model to Laser Irradiated Cartilage. Proceedings SPIE 1999; 3601: 243-248

Temperature distributions in Nd:YAG ??=1.32 ?m) laser-irradiated cartilage grafts accompanied by cryogen spray cooling. Proceedings SPIE 1999; 3601: 422-433

Laser-mediated cartilage reshaping with feedback-controlled cryogen spray cooling: biophysical properties and viability. Lasers in Surgery and Medicine 2001, 28;1-10

Angioresistance of thermally modified cartilage grafts in the chick chorioallantoic membrane model. Archives of Facial Plastic Surgery 2001;3; 24-7

Aquatic activities following total laryngectomy. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg 2001 Nov;125(5):528-32

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Dr. Karam, who is board certified by the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and American Board of Otolaryngology, offers services in San Diego County including San Diego, Del Mar, Carlsbad, Carmel Valley, Encinitas, Rancho Bernardo and La Jolla in Southern California.

If you are ready to schedule an appointment with Dr. Karam, contact us today.

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