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Dr. Kirk Churukian

Surgery - Plastics
San Jose, CA
36 years experience male

Locations

Kirk A. Churukian, MD

San Jose, CA

Address

2400, Samaritan Dr, San Jose, CA
Directions

My office hours

Wednesday: 8:00am - 4:00pm
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Fax

4083587005

Stanford Cosmetic Surgery

Stanford

About

Bio

Dr. Churukian grew up as a first generation eldest son of Armenian parents in Southern California. Always interested in athletics, He participated in swimming and water polo throughout high school and played club water polo in college. This interest in aquatics has been transferred to his children all of whom are avid swimmers, and two of whom are avid water polo players. Dr. Churukian was board certified in general surgery and is currently board certified in plastic surgery as well as having completed additional training in hand and microsurgery both at the University of Southern California-LA County medical Center and at the world renowned Kutz-Kleinert Hand Surgery program in Louisville, Kentucky. He currently resides in Menlo Park California and is currently still married to his first wife.

Specialties
Doctors may have more than one area of specialty interest. Board certification in a specialty area means the doctor has completed formal training and has practice experience in that specialty, and has passed the certification examination from the corresponding accredited medical specialty board.

Surgery - Plastics

Breast Surgery

Facial Plastic Surgery

Plastic Surgery

Surgery - Hand Surgery

Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

56 Answers
8 Agrees
The number of answers this doctor has agreed with.
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kirk Churukian
Surgery - Plastics 36 years experience
Return to your MD!: Paralysis of the muscle that opens the eyelid is a rare but described complication of botox. It is very important that you return to your injector for... Read More
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kirk Churukian
Surgery - Plastics 36 years experience
Wrist problems: Following a fracture of the wrist with intra-articular component there can often be additional problems. The ligaments of the wrist may have been disr... Read More
A 57-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kirk Churukian
Surgery - Plastics 36 years experience
It's Personal!: These two operations have variable recovery rates depending on many personal factors. Your age, your general physical condition, and whether the proc... Read More
A 17-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kirk Churukian
Surgery - Plastics 36 years experience
Mederma? Not for you: You certainly can try using mederma however it will likely be ineffective in this particular scenario. Based on the symptoms you have described there ... Read More
A 28-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kirk Churukian
Surgery - Plastics 36 years experience
Several types!: Three specialities predominantly treat these fractures. Plastic surgeons, ent, and oral surgery. It varies with the community and hospital and the int... Read More
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kirk Churukian
Surgery - Plastics 36 years experience
Look for Gray hair!: Look for experience! removing implants is easy if the implant is intact and the scar tissue is soft. More challenging if the breast capsules are contr... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kirk Churukian
Surgery - Plastics 36 years experience
Burn Wound healing: Studies consistently show that burns kept moist heal more quickly. This means that keeping a light coating of ointment, or a dressing that prevents d... Read More
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kirk Churukian
Surgery - Plastics 36 years experience
Emergency Treatment: Always apply pressure to stop any bleeding. Once the bleeding has stopped carefully clean with soap and water. If the cut is greater than half an inch... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kirk Churukian
Surgery - Plastics 36 years experience
None!: Velashape is a non invasive treatment that selective shapes the body. This shaping is very subtle and serial photos are needed to see the change. Lipo... Read More
A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kirk Churukian
Surgery - Plastics 36 years experience
Studies: Studies show an egg a day doesnt increase heart disease. At 6 gms protein and 70 cal, a great add!
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kirk Churukian
Surgery - Plastics 36 years experience
Preop tips: As fat grafting can cause quite a bit of bruising in the face, to help, I will often have my patients use Arnica Montana. Prior and after surgery try ... Read More
A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kirk Churukian
Surgery - Plastics 36 years experience
Less: Less sleep, more weight gain! a recent study: those with 5 hrs of sleep a night gained 2 lbs in 2 weeks!
A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kirk Churukian
Surgery - Plastics 36 years experience
The: The "Paleo" diet may be best for helping obese postmenopausal women avoid diabetes and heart disease.
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kirk Churukian
Surgery - Plastics 36 years experience
Sleeping well?: "Never underestimate the power of a good night's sleep!" The quality of sleep is the number one reason for fatigue on waking. It can affect your memor... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kirk Churukian
Surgery - Plastics 36 years experience
Thin skin!: Thin skin can cause more reflection of blood vessels. Also, patients with allergies tend to have darker under eye shadows. A good product for this are... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kirk Churukian
Surgery - Plastics 36 years experience
Yes!: Start by making sure the puffiness is not due to seasonal allergies and the general inflammation that this can cause. Once this has been ruled out, th... Read More
A 39-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kirk Churukian
Surgery - Plastics 36 years experience
Can be very....: Additional liposuction can be very effective if it targets specific pockets of fat. In many cases it can be done under local anesthetic with a mild se... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kirk Churukian
Surgery - Plastics 36 years experience
Biopsy!: The only way to know for certain whether a mole is malignant is a tissue specimen sent to the pathologist for microscopic evaluation. This is the defi... Read More
A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kirk Churukian
Surgery - Plastics 36 years experience
Botox: Botox injected into the forehead, temples, or brow trigger points can substantially reduce migraines.
A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kirk Churukian
Surgery - Plastics 36 years experience
Nuts: Nuts to you! walnuts have the highest antioxidant levels of any nut and are rich in polyunsaturated fats!
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kirk Churukian
Surgery - Plastics 36 years experience
Razor burn Rx: First apply aloe vera or Hydrocortisone cream to soothe. Next, use a glycolic or salicylic acid based lotion. Avoid alcohol containing products or exc... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kirk Churukian
Surgery - Plastics 36 years experience
Razor Burn Prevent: 1. Start with a high quality, sharp razor and change it out frequently. 2. Warm face with water to open pores and soften beard. 3. Use a lubricant or ... Read More
A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kirk Churukian
Surgery - Plastics 36 years experience
Sleep: Sleep deprivation triggers overeating regardless of satiety, according to one study. So get your rest!
A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kirk Churukian
Surgery - Plastics 36 years experience
Prevent: Prevent onset of dementia with more exercise! better fitness in your 40's/50's prevents dementia!
A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kirk Churukian
Surgery - Plastics 36 years experience
Just: Just out! prelim findings suggest flu vaccine reduces risk of hospitalization for pneumonia by 59%!
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kirk Churukian
Surgery - Plastics 36 years experience
Skin Care Basics: While diet and dermabrasion are helpful for skincare, by themselves do not constitute a good regimen. A good skincare regimen includes the basics suc... Read More
A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kirk Churukian
Surgery - Plastics 36 years experience
Recent: Recent studies show 2 month vegan/vegetarian diets result in more weight loss than omnivorous diets!
A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kirk Churukian
Surgery - Plastics 36 years experience
Whatever: Whatever you may look like, marry a man your own age. As your beauty fades, so will his eyesight.
A female asked:
Dr. Kirk Churukian
Surgery - Plastics 36 years experience
CO2 Laser + Fillers: Laser treatment with fillers in place has become very commonplace. In our practice we often perform injections of up to 5-6 syringes followed by fract... Read More
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kirk Churukian
Surgery - Plastics 36 years experience
Be comfortable!: The simple answer is sleep however you are most comfortable. Our bodies manifest pain as a way of telling us something is wrong. Conversely if you can... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kirk Churukian
Surgery - Plastics 36 years experience
Depends on the sag!: Younger patients with less sag/fat can see improvement with lipo and internal/external laser techniques. Moderate sagging/fatty necks are improved... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kirk Churukian
Surgery - Plastics 36 years experience
Injury Recovery: Remember, the pectoralis muscle has been traumatized, so think of it as a muscle strain with swelling and inflammation. Gently stretching the muscle o... Read More
A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kirk Churukian
Surgery - Plastics 36 years experience
Flossing: Flossing twice daily, or at least nightly, will remove food particles that can cause bad breath.
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kirk Churukian
Surgery - Plastics 36 years experience
Wishful thinking!: Oh if it were only that easy! however the current options for breast augmentation allow for fairly quick recovery within 3 to 5 days and include enhan... Read More
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kirk Churukian
Surgery - Plastics 36 years experience
Just a Smidge!: Tazorac, retin a, (tretinoin) retinoic acid… all have an fda approval for reduction of wrinkles around the eyes. Use the equivalent of one half the si... Read More
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kirk Churukian
Surgery - Plastics 36 years experience
See Spot...removed!: One of the best methods for easily removing brown spots on the face from excess sun exposure is the intense pulsed light laser or "IPL" for short. Thi... Read More
A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kirk Churukian
Surgery - Plastics 36 years experience
Easy as ABCDE...: Risk factors for malignancy include... Asymmetry, Border irregularity, Color varigations, Diameter (bigger IS NOT better), and Evolving size or irregu... Read More
A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kirk Churukian
Surgery - Plastics 36 years experience
Rarely...skin cancer: Moles can be flat or raised, smooth or irregular. Often they may have hairs growing from them and be either pigmented or not. The major issue with any... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kirk Churukian
Surgery - Plastics 36 years experience
Botox Rx problems: It's not uncommon to have soreness following injections into the neck muscles, particularly if there is a baseline inflammation. Best to keep a log of... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kirk Churukian
Surgery - Plastics 36 years experience
Surgical Tx best: The best and quickest resolution may be excision of the hypertrophic scar. Steroid injections will not affect the scarring that has occurred. The best... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kirk Churukian
Surgery - Plastics 36 years experience
Razor burn Rx: First apply aloe vera or Hydrocortisone cream to soothe. Next, use a glycolic or salicylic acid based lotion. Avoid alcohol containing products or exc... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kirk Churukian
Surgery - Plastics 36 years experience
A safer laser: Fractional lasers improve the face by tightening skin and softening wrinkles to give you a "refreshed" look. The co2 laser is the most aggressive and ... Read More
A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kirk Churukian
Surgery - Plastics 36 years experience
Belly bloat is ok: Following breast surgery there is a tremendous amount of swelling around the breasts. And where does it go? South! gravity causes the flow of edema fl... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kirk Churukian
Surgery - Plastics 36 years experience
Need a surgical eval: A traumatic crushing amputation can cause scarring around nerves resulting in chronic pain. Your best bet is surgical revision to remove the damaged t... Read More
A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kirk Churukian
Surgery - Plastics 36 years experience
Osteotomy!: Surgical fractures are called osteotomies. Usually the bones are cut in a precise fashion as opposed to the violent irregular breaks inherent in a fra... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kirk Churukian
Surgery - Plastics 36 years experience
Mole causes: Nevi or "moles" are caused by abnormal proliferation of skin cells. This is technically a neoplasm, but is of the benign variety. Most appear in the f... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kirk Churukian
Surgery - Plastics 36 years experience
Absolutely, but...: Looking natural depends on the eye of the beholder. Breast implants are just like fashion accessories, most women pick what looks good on them! a ... Read More
A 26-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kirk Churukian
Surgery - Plastics 36 years experience
Tingling after CTR: Very normal to have tingling after carpal tunnel surgery! it usually represents swelling in the immediate area of the nerve. Elevate the hands wheneve... Read More
A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kirk Churukian
Surgery - Plastics 36 years experience
Yes! Even on BCP's!: Yes you can get pregnant right after breast augmentation and many do even if you don't want to start that family! patients should be aware that the... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kirk Churukian
Surgery - Plastics 36 years experience
Depends on the goal!: Liposuction is the only modality that can change shape. Diet and exercise only help with size. Now, if you like your shape, then weight loss will help... Read More

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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Churukian is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Churukian is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Churukian is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Thanks! I have been using saline spray ,rinses &Vaseline daily-just feels so tight in there! my nxt doc apt is in 2wks -any other suggestio
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This was very helpful. Thanks! I have a hard boiled egg every day! Just one! but hearing this makes me feel good!
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! Loved your answer... Very easy to understand! Thank you!

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Keck School of Medicine of University of Southern California, USC
Graduated 1986MD

Residency

UCSF/SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY MEDICAL CENTER

Residency

UNIVERSITY OF LOUISVILLE HOSPILou

Awards

Top Plastic Surgeon , Second Place, San Jose, CA - Winter
2013

Affiliations

Stanford University Hospital & Clinics, Palo Alto, CA
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