Dr. Kian Karimi: A Passion For Science and Surgery
“I knew early on that the sciences were my passion. I used to follow my father when he would go on hospital rounds or see patients with him in his clinic. I witnessed how unique and powerful the doctor – patient relationship was, and I knew then, at 5 years old, that I wanted to be a doctor,” Kian Karimi MD, FACS.
As a double-board certified facial plastic surgeon and a head and neck surgeon, as well as the Medical Director of both Rejuva Medical Aesthetics and CosmoFrance Inc., Dr. Kian Karimi (drkian.com) is practically born for a white coat. He also serves as one of the team plastic surgeons for the Los Angeles Kings Hockey organization. From childhood he was exposed to a science based family, with guidance from a father who is a physician and a mother who is a professor of microbiology and immunology.
It was no surprise that early in medical school, he decided to become a surgeon. He says he fell in love with the anatomy of the head and neck because of the intricacies and detail involved, which evolved into an interest in facial plastic surgery. He states, “I am blessed to be in a position where I can help people feel better about themselves and to treat medical issues, as well to heal both the inside and the outside.”
Dr. Kian was also happy to share how he and his partner, Dr. Chester Griffiths MD, founded Rejuva Medical Aesthetics (rejuvamedical.org) in Los Angeles this year, which is a state-of-the art, minimally invasive, medical aesthetic center. “We have beautiful, new facilities with the latest advances in aesthetic medicine to allow our patients to maintain a beautiful, natural appearance.” At the same time, Dr. Kian accented the facility’s calming decor with a beautiful view of the mountains that feels more like a spa than a medical office.
Under the guidance of Dr. Kian, Rejuva offers multiple services from medical grade skin care, neuromodulator treatments (e.g. Botox, Xeomin, Dysport), Hydrafacials , photofacial IPL treatments, microneedling, and platelet rich plasma. In the non-surgical realm, his practice is known across the country for their bruiseless filler techniques that uses a smooth tip microcannula to deliver filler, rather than a traditional needle on the face and body. People often fly in specifically for the procedure, and their expertise was also featured on EXTRA TV and CBS ‘The Doctors’, earlier this year.
“A successful surgeon is a lifelong student — we have to continue to study, question what we do and why, and constantly stay on top of the latest techniques and technologies. As surgeons, we have a unique role to provide both medical and surgical solutions to problems,” Kian Karimi MD, FACS.
Facial fat transfers and non-surgical neck tightening with ThermiTight and Kybella fat dissolving injections are also popular procedures. For dramatic improvements of the skin, laser resurfacing is the main modality including treatments with a new HALO hybrid laser which delivers full resurfacing results without the downtime. Their newest service is lifting with PDO threads (NovathreadsTM), which allow them to lift the midface and lower one-third of the face right in the office, an area where fillers are not always successful on their own. They are one of the first places to offer the service in the United States, although dissolvable threads are already quite popular in Asia and Europe, as a non-surgical adjunct to fillers with little or no down-time.
Dr. Kian also advises his patients to live well by exercising and eating properly. He says, “I spend extra time with my patients, especially new patients, to find out their motivations, goals, and expectations. This extra effort allows me to not only consistently enhance my patients’ appearance, but also to enhance their lives.
Dr. Kian emphasized the partnership between a patient’s health and appearance with their doctors or surgeons when mapping what they want to achieve and setting timelines for how to maintain excellent health and a beautiful, refreshed appearance. He underscores healthy habits and to remove toxins from our lives to maximize our aesthetics and to feel good about ourselves, inside and out. He wants patients to, “take care of themselves and perform aesthetic enhancements conscientiously.”
On a day-to-day basis though, Dr. Kian recommends a good sunscreen and moisturizer to protect the skin from drying out and from UV damage, which he explains is one of the greatest factors that will age us. He also recommends a procedure called “ForeverYoung BBL,” which is a special kind of photofacial that actually slows down the aging genes of the skin, as proven by a study at Stanford University. By performing the procedure only three times a year, patients get better quality skin with less pigment issues, less fine lines, and overall more resilient skin years later than when they started having the procedures performed..
Dr. Kian’s office also offers a wide variety of surgical procedures, such as rhinoplasty, revision rhinoplasty, face and neck lifts, neck liposuction, endoscopic browlifts, otoplasty (the correction of protruding ears), and the reconstruction of facial trauma and skin cancer defects. Dr. Kian proudly says that, “Surgically, we are best known for our natural and beautiful rhinoplasty results — as facial plastic surgeons, this is really our main forte. Face and necklifting are also a particular strength of ours as well.” Chin and facial implants and surgery of the upper and lower eyelid are common too, along with corrective work to fix or improve on previously performed procedures that did not produce the desired outcome.
When it comes to his own health and happiness, Dr. Kian practices what he preaches and clearly points to the importance of a good work-life balance in his busy life. He runs and works out with a personal trainer at least twice a week, eats well, and strongly believes in getting good quality sleep. He also said, “I enjoy spending time with my supportive wife who is also a busy physician – we like to get away and travel, when we can, to maximize our time together.”
Dr. Kian sees a bright and exciting future for the constantly changing fields of medicine, science and surgery, now that we have decoded the human genetic sequence. He credits the vast amounts of information about health and disease are being found, adding that, “Stem cell therapies hold tremendous promise, in both therapeutic and aesthetic medicine. In plastic surgery, the most exciting promises of these technologies are to create your own tissues just from taking a few of your stem cells and directing these cells to turn into whatever tissue graft or filler you want.” Dr. Kian is also responsible for teaching future surgeons at UCLA, and he has medical students and resident physicians rotate at his office.
“We teach future surgeons and physicians that patient-centered care is the key. We owe it to our patients to treat them with respect, ethically recommend options for aesthetic and therapeutic issues, and to stay on top of our field, by constantly researching, reading, and conferring with colleagues.” Kian Karimi MD, FACS.
Dr. Kian asserts that putting the needs of patients first is definitely the most important element in creating a successful medical practice. He feels that it’s crucial that patients don’t feel pressured and for them to receive all the information they need to make the best decisions. He holds that only by being well versed in all the latest procedures, staying involved in education and research (which he does by going to at least ten conferences a year), can he stay on the cutting edge and really provide patients with the top care available.