Keloid Removal Expert in Santa Monica - Dr. Raffy


Scar treatments have advanced the way we look at scars on the skin. Years ago, there were few effective treatment options for unwanted scars. With advancements in laser and topical therapy, we now have a greater ability to modify scars and make them look more like our normal skin.  Unlike the majority of skin scars, keloids represent a unique problem as they are associated with chronic inflammation. Keloids tend to grow larger with time, recruiting adjacent skin and advancing horizontally and vertically within the matrix of the dermis and subcutaneous tissue.

If you are suffering from keloids, join the countless thousands of patients who have benefitted from the keloid protocols developed by world-renowned surgeon Dr. Raffy Karamanoukian. In our practice, we understand keloids from a clinical, molecular, and biologic level; which allows us many advantages in treating this unique and progressive problem.


Keloids represent a subset of scars that grow beyond the original footprint of skin injury. Most commonly associated with surgery, many keloids occur as a result of non-surgical skin injuries such as cystic acne, inflammation, and burns. Dr. Raffy Karamanoukian is a world-renowned expert in the management of keloids, having treated thousands of patients with his unique keloid protocols. 

Dr. Karamanoukian was featured on the popular television show, The Doctors, demonstrating his techniques for surgical keloid removal. In practice, Dr. Karamanoukian uses combination modalities that include kenalog IIT, scar modulation, laser therapy, RF therapy, and topical creams. Most patients begin treatment with daily application of Plato's Scar Serum in order to decrease keloid inflammation.


  • SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT FOR EVALUATION (310) 998-5533: Not all keloids are managed the same. Some require surgical treatment while others worsen with surgery. Dr. Karamanoukian can evaluate your keloid and determine a proper protocol for you.
  • TOPICAL SERUMS: Plato's Scar Serum should be applied vigorously on all keloids, twice daily. One tube provides enough serum for six weeks for a two inch scar.  If your keloid is sebaceous or dark, we would advise additional topical creams.
  • OCCLUSION: Scar strips are of limited use for dynamic scars, but provide some relief for static keloid scars.
  • SURGERY VS. LASERS VS. KENALOG IIT: Every keloid scar demands a tailored approach. We would recommend a more individualized protocol for each patient based on skin color, skin type, keloid type, and location of the keloid.




There are a lot of myths about keloid scars that make it hard to understand how to best treat your keloid. The fact of the matter is that not all keloids are the same. Some keloids develop as a result of surgery and tension on the skin, while other keloids are related to chronic inflammation related to sebaceous glands and sebum. We have found that it is very important to divide keloids into those that require surgery and those that will benefit only from lasers and injections.

Because keloids can develop on any body part and can occur in men and women of any skin color, it is very hard to subdivide keloids into those that require surgery vs. those that do not. Dr. Raffy Karamanoukian will first need to analyze your keloids and determine whether surgery is needed or whether it is more effective to control sebum content and inflammation. This decision is based on years of clinical experience and can differ from person to person. In fact, a single patient with multiple keloids may have some that require surgery and some that would solely benefit from lasers or injections.

Once you read the information contained in our website, schedule a consultation with the world's leading expert in keloid management. Our protocols take time, but can significantly reduce keloid volume, keloid growth, and keloid recurrence.