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Gary Culbertson, MD, FACS

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Gary Culbertson, MD, FACS

Restore & Rejuvinate!!! Board Certified Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Specialist Serving the South Carolina Wetlands for over 20 years. We offer a AAAASF OBS Level C Cosmetic Surgery Facility.


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Meet Dr. Gary Culbertson

Whether it is desire to have larger breasts, a flatter tummy, restore the breast after breast cancer surgery or rejuvenate your appearance back to a more youthful state, you certainly are not alone. Many individuals have faced these issues and sought consultation of the specialized services offered by Plastic Surgeons.

Make sure to clearly express your concerns and even write down your questions. This is an exciting time that can and often does result in a life changing event. Let no one fool you. A change in your outward physical appearance can have dramatic effects on who you perceive yourself and how you are viewed by others. Many patients experience a boost in confidence and improved self worth.

Dr. Culbertson is recognized as a local expert in Aesthetic surgery and is sought out for primary and corrective Cosmetic Surgery. We offer a Cosmetic Surgical Center with the capability of General Anesthesia. Check us out a http://www.garyculbertson.com.

Your Consultation

Cosmetic Consults are only $50. Uninsured appoinments range from $100 and up.

Patient Testimonials

“Hi, I had a tummy tuck done by this surgeon on Sept. 28, 2012. I was a physical mess! Everyone thought I was 8 months pregnant. I had a small waist line but my stomach protruded out very bad and it sat real high. I went to a few doctors that told me that my muscles were torn loose and there was nothing I could do except exercise but my stomach would still never go back to the way it use to be. I had four c-sections in the past. I had a hernia and a huge diastasis recti. A friend told be about Dr. Culbertson and allowed me to see the work he did on her. I was very impressed. I also saw a few other friends that went to other doctors and looked a mess! Dr. Culberston, with the help of God, worked a miracle on me! A lot of people didn't recognize me after the surgery because I was so small. I am a diabetic and he took very good care of me in the healing process along with making sure my diabetes was under control. He has years and years of experience doing this type of work. He don't just do enough to get by or to get your money, he operates on you to achieve not only the best look possible, but he realize his reputation depends on it and he builds his clientele by EXAMPLE! Your will not go wrong if you choose Dr. Culbertson. I was one on his worst cases and I look AMAZING! If you don't want to take just my word for it , schedule a consultation and ask to see a Sept 28th 2012 case, and if that don't stop you from looking at any other surgeon, nothing will!!!!! Thanks for everything Dr. Culbertson! You are truly the best! My experience with you and your staff has been GREAT!” -B. E. — Florence, SC
“Words can never fully express how much we appreciate all that you have done for Mom. You are not only a skilled physician; you are truly a compassionate one! This has meant so much to as during such a difficult ordeal. It makes a hard situation a little easier when you know you can trust and depend on your physician. Thank you for all you do. You truly are an angel.” -Jackie, Carla & Debra — Sumter, SC
“I have had the privilege of visiting and being your patient on three different occasions over the past 12 years. Even moving 3 hours away — I never considered anyone but you. The chin/cheek/CO2 Laser procedure you completed on me has already lifted my spirits. I feel as an older woman it is essential to do all we can to care for ourselves and for me that includes a bit of cosmetic surgery ever few years. On each visit to your office —-no matter the questions; you are always content to answer. Your expertise is comforting and your kindness and concerning nature incredible. During the decision making appointment; you give recommendations that are factually sound which has helped to ensure I make the best decisions that will offer the maximum benefits. You go beyond to explain and make sure I know what to expect as well as how to keep the treated areas clean….. “The Solution to Pollution is Dilution”. Upon the follow up visits your words are encouraging even during the swelling weeks when we all need a bit of up-lifting. When I have needed to ask a question after the appointment….. You are always there to send the answer. How privileged I have been to have found such an astonishing Plastic Surgeon. Grant is always accommodating as he knows I have three hours to travel for appointments. He has always been helpful and rearranged times for me and I so gratefully appreciate his gestures. When I have called in with a questions —- He returns the call in a short time frame. Belinda is amazing and awesome. She ensures I have my prescriptions (calls them in so they are ready when I arrive at the pharmacy) —directions for prep—-aftercare—-as well as notes that ensure I follow the daily meds and hygiene routine as needed. In the office she is considerate and genuine. With her proficiency and stellar personality — she delivers an ease to the patients with positive comments about the procedures and of course brags on you Dr. Culbertson as being the BEST!!!! Day of the surgery— On the day of the surgery I was greeted by Donna and Oscar. I had met Oscar during my past two surgeries. Their professionalism, kind-heartedness and compassionate nature makes them true priceless jewels on your team. The morning of surgery is a bit unsettling for anyone– but they go out of their way to keep you calm and at ease. They explain each step that they are taking to ensure the best possible experience during the surgery. What amazing professionals. Dr. Culbertson, Thank you so kindly for being a Proficient, Skilled, Professional and Thoughtful Doctor. I appreciate all that you have done for me and I have been satisfied with the results each time.” -Elizabeth — Charlotte, SC
Procedures

Procedures Performed

Arm Lift

Body Contouring

Botulinum Toxin

Breast Augmentation

Breast Implant Removal

Breast Implant Removal

Breast Lift

Breast Reconstruction

Breast Reduction

Brow Lift

Buttock Lift with Augmentation

Chemical Peels, IPL, Fractional CO2 Laser Treatments

Chin Augmentation

Chin Surgery

Cleft Lip and Palate Repair

Cosmetic Surgery

Dermal Fillers

Down Syndrome

Ear Reconstruction Surgery

Ear Surgery

Endoscopic Technique

Eyelid Ptosis Repair

Eyelid Surgery

Facelift

Facial Implants

General Reconstruction

Hand Surgery

Head and Neck Skin Cancer Reconstruction

Head-Neck Cancer Reconstruction

Injectable Fillers

Laser Hair Removal

Laser Skin Resurfacing

Lip Augmentation / Enhancement

Liposuction

Male Breast Reduction

Post Burn Reconstruction

Retin-A Treatments

Rhinoplasty

Scar Revision

Skin Cancer Removal

Spider Vein Treatment

Tattoo Removal

Thigh Lift

Tummy Tuck

Vascular Malformations

Ask A Surgeon

Ask a Surgeon

Dr. Gary Culbertson participates in the ASPS Ask A Surgeon service. View responses to public questions below.

Mommy makeover and scuba diving

Mommy Makeover

Member Response:

JennyK, Great to hear you have found a fabulous sport to enjoy. Scuba diving is amazing! We do allot of athletes in our office (runners, yoga & Zumba instructors). I usually recommend they do not participate in their strenuous activities for at least 6 to 8 weeks following a Tummy Tuck or Mommy Makeover (MMO). You will only do your MMO once in your life. Take some time out to recover. Best, Gary R Culbertson, MD, FACS

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I dev. NF Nec. Fasciitis...gel..implants are broken.

Breast Implant Revision

Member Response:

You are dealing with two entirely different issues. Necrotizing Fasciitis can be a life threatening disease process. Please get this condition under control/ healed BEFORE you consider any corrective breast implant surgery. Best, Gary R Culbertson, MD, FACS

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Dangerous

Mommy Makeover

Member Response:

Yes, a circumferential body lift, TT & breast lift with implants is ALLOT OF SURGERY. First, your overall health should be considered. A trip to your primary care physcain may be a great idea for surgical clearance or optimization. Second, consider how you will be mainaged in the post operative period. A trained medical specialist to keep an eye on you for at least the 1st 24hrs after surgery might be a very very good idea. Lastly, address your concerns with your surgeon. Best, Gary R Culbertson, MD, FACS

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Hard bulge upper abdomen

Tummy Tuck

Member Response:

You most likely have a chronic post operative seroma. Yes, it should drained but, may require surgery to get ride of it. Consider seeking out your primary care health provider in the Canadian health care system. They should be able to direct you for treatment of this post operative complication. Be4st, Gary R Culbertson, MD, FACS

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Waxing after surgery

Tummy Tuck

Member Response:

Please address this question with your surgeon. They will be most knowledageable about your healing in the post-operative period. Best, Gary R Culbertson, MD, FACS

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Breast Plant Exchange

Breast Augmentation

Member Response:

A breast reduction is normally considered a decrease in breast size WITHOUT breast implant placement. A breast augmentation normally utilizes breat implants and increases the size of the breast. Exposed breast implants can require removal without replacement. Consider addressing your concerns with your surgeon. Best, Gary R Culbertson, MD, FACS

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What should I expect to need after my weight loss?

Body Contouring

Member Response:

Congratulations on the weight loss. Keep it up. Once, your weight has stabilized for at least 6 months then, consider a Plastic Surgery consult. View the procedure)s) as no different than buying a boat, motorcycle or small car. Most offices offer credit programs like CreditCare. You can even go on line before your consult to determine what funds you are eligible to receive. Best, Gary R Culbertson, MD, FACS

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3 surgeries and still in pain

Breast Augmentation

Member Response:

Sheree, Not an uncommon question. Consider starting where you have had your surgery’s. Ask for a copy of your medical record. Focus on all operative reports, pathology reports & breast implant identification materials. These materials & an an examination most likely will be required to answer you questions. Consider taking these materials to an ASPS Member in your area to sort out your concerns and issues. They are experts in Breast Implant Surgery’s. Best, Gary R Culbertson, MD, FACS

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I just want my confidence back

Breast Augmentation

Member Response:

MomoOf4, Great question. The predominate issues with fat transfer to the breast are most commonly costs, adequate reserves of fat to transfer and breast ptosis or sagging. Fat transfer of the breast works, there can be a limited amount of fat that can safely transferred per setting and often the increase in cup size is between 1/2 to 1 cup size after each surgical procedure. Multiple fat transfer settings can be and are often required. Fat transfer to breast can be as expensive a saline breast augmentation per each surgical procedure. In addition sagging of the breast can be more common in women who have had multiple children and should be addressed to produce the appealing breast. Consider an ASPS member in your area familiar with fat transfer. They are experts in breast surgery. Best, Gary R Culbertson, MD, FACS

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Ehlers Danlos and breast reduction?

Breast Reduction

Member Response:

Agree with Dr. Johnson. As I remember there are at least six different subtypes of Ehlers-Danlos syndromes. Consider starting with the practitioner that manages your EDS to see if surgery is ok for you. Consider having them document this information for your surgical team. Next, if you desire your insurance carrier to cover your Breast Reduction give them a call to make sure it is a covered service. Their insurance coverage requirements to qualify for a breast reduction are often on-line. Best, Gary R Culbertson, MD, FACS

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Is this true?

Facelift

Member Response:

Plumplum, Sounds as if you are looking for the most economic approach to have a mini facelift? Bang for your buck is what web all desire. Sutures vary widely in price with some costing as much as 3 to 4 times others. Consider keeping in mind that in some patients mini facelifts can have very limited duration of effect (i.e a few years??) compared to other facelift or facial rejuvenation procedures/ techniques. Gary R Culbertson, MD, FACS

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Disfigured by another

Eyelid Surgery

Member Response:

Clayja, Wow, this does not sound good. Consider obtaining all your records from your original surgeon that you can get. Focus in on all history & physicals, operative reports and photographs. Then, consider another surgeon in your area that specializes in Occuloplastic surgery. Take these materials to your second option consult(s). Unfortunately, with all the issues you present more than one corrective surgical procedure could be required. Best, Gary R Culbertson, MD, FACS

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28 yr old female seeking medical advise for tummy tuck with lipo to flanks. I lost 86 pounds.

Tummy Tuck

Member Response:

Hajrie, Great question. Sounds like you have done some reasearch on the VTE/ TT issue. A personal or family history of VTE are two of the most important concerns. Consider a visit to a Hematologist for a Hypercoagulabilty workup. The most important test is called a Factor V Leiden (FVL) mutation test. Then, consider an ASPS member in your area familiar with your concerns. They are experts on the a issue of VTE & TT's. Best, Gary R Culbertson, MD, FACS

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Would this be plastic or reconstructive surgery?

Lip Augmentation / Enhancement

Member Response:

Consider a visit with an ASPS member in your area for removal of what sounds like a mucous cyst in your mouth. Best, Gary R Culbertson, MD, FACS

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Multiple surgeries

Mommy Makeover

Member Response:

debbiejen36, Yes, you should have a concern about combining so many plastic surgery procedures in one setting. Consider a visit to your primary care or internal medicine provider to determine is you are healthy enough for the proposed extensive surgery's. Make sure they provide your surgeon with a current list of your medication. Then, approach your surgeon with your concern. Consider asking how, where & by whom you will be monitored in the immediate post operative period ( 24hrs). Best, Gary R Culbertson, MD, FACS

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Loose skin between breasts

Breast Augmentation

Member Response:

Dreaas, Sounds like you are describing what is called synmastia? This is more common with patients with very large breasts. Often when these patients lay down their breasts are so big they slide up to their necks and chock them. Best, gary R Culbertson, MD, FACS

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Help

Breast Reduction

Member Response:

Sorry for you daughters outcome. Consider giving your TRICARE representative in your area a call. They should direct you to a plastic surgeon that can assist with your issues. Next, contact the surgeons office that did your duaghters surgery. Ask for the pre-operative pictures & operative reports. A signed release of information form will be required. Take these materials with y'all when you do for a second option. Best, Gary R Culbertson, MD, FACS

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Necklift same as mini Facelift?

Facelift

Member Response:

Nope, the S lift is not normally considered the same as a Neck Lift. S lifts can often be considered very minimal face lifts of sort duration (2-3 years). Consider a consult with an ASPS member in your area to discus your concerns. Best, Gary R Culbertson, MD, FACS

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Am I too old?

Liposuction

Member Response:

Florence, Consider starting with your primary care doctor or cardiologist. Get medically cleared or optimized for this surgery. Then, make sure you someone to take care of you afterward. It does not hurt to tag team it. Lastly, consider a surgeon that offers an overnight care facility so, medical personnel can watch you in the immediate post operative period. Yes, many plastic surgeons operate on patients >60. Our oldest TT patient was 72 years old on the date of her surgery. Best, Gary R Culbertson, MD, FACS

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Payment Options

  • HMO/PPO/Other Insurance
  • Medicaid
  • Medicare
Insurance Options
  • Blue Cross & Blue Shield
  • Aetna
  • United HealthCare
  • Cigna
  • Medicare & Medicaid
  • MedCost
  • TriCare
Location

Our Location

Our Office Hours

8AM to 5 PM Monday through Friday. Closed Saturday & Sunday. 
Plastic Surgery Clinic offered on Monday & Tuesday's.  
Hospital Surgery's done typically on Thursday. 
Cosmetic Surgery offered on Friday's.
Testimonials

Patient Testimonials

“Hi, I had a tummy tuck done by this surgeon on Sept. 28, 2012. I was a physical mess! Everyone thought I was 8 months pregnant. I had a small waist line but my stomach protruded out very bad and it sat real high. I went to a few doctors that told me that my muscles were torn loose and there was nothing I could do except exercise but my stomach would still never go back to the way it use to be. I had four c-sections in the past. I had a hernia and a huge diastasis recti. A friend told be about Dr. Culbertson and allowed me to see the work he did on her. I was very impressed. I also saw a few other friends that went to other doctors and looked a mess! Dr. Culberston, with the help of God, worked a miracle on me! A lot of people didn't recognize me after the surgery because I was so small. I am a diabetic and he took very good care of me in the healing process along with making sure my diabetes was under control. He has years and years of experience doing this type of work. He don't just do enough to get by or to get your money, he operates on you to achieve not only the best look possible, but he realize his reputation depends on it and he builds his clientele by EXAMPLE! Your will not go wrong if you choose Dr. Culbertson. I was one on his worst cases and I look AMAZING! If you don't want to take just my word for it , schedule a consultation and ask to see a Sept 28th 2012 case, and if that don't stop you from looking at any other surgeon, nothing will!!!!! Thanks for everything Dr. Culbertson! You are truly the best! My experience with you and your staff has been GREAT!” -B. E. — Florence, SC
“Words can never fully express how much we appreciate all that you have done for Mom. You are not only a skilled physician; you are truly a compassionate one! This has meant so much to as during such a difficult ordeal. It makes a hard situation a little easier when you know you can trust and depend on your physician. Thank you for all you do. You truly are an angel.” -Jackie, Carla & Debra — Sumter, SC
“I have had the privilege of visiting and being your patient on three different occasions over the past 12 years. Even moving 3 hours away — I never considered anyone but you. The chin/cheek/CO2 Laser procedure you completed on me has already lifted my spirits. I feel as an older woman it is essential to do all we can to care for ourselves and for me that includes a bit of cosmetic surgery ever few years. On each visit to your office —-no matter the questions; you are always content to answer. Your expertise is comforting and your kindness and concerning nature incredible. During the decision making appointment; you give recommendations that are factually sound which has helped to ensure I make the best decisions that will offer the maximum benefits. You go beyond to explain and make sure I know what to expect as well as how to keep the treated areas clean….. “The Solution to Pollution is Dilution”. Upon the follow up visits your words are encouraging even during the swelling weeks when we all need a bit of up-lifting. When I have needed to ask a question after the appointment….. You are always there to send the answer. How privileged I have been to have found such an astonishing Plastic Surgeon. Grant is always accommodating as he knows I have three hours to travel for appointments. He has always been helpful and rearranged times for me and I so gratefully appreciate his gestures. When I have called in with a questions —- He returns the call in a short time frame. Belinda is amazing and awesome. She ensures I have my prescriptions (calls them in so they are ready when I arrive at the pharmacy) —directions for prep—-aftercare—-as well as notes that ensure I follow the daily meds and hygiene routine as needed. In the office she is considerate and genuine. With her proficiency and stellar personality — she delivers an ease to the patients with positive comments about the procedures and of course brags on you Dr. Culbertson as being the BEST!!!! Day of the surgery— On the day of the surgery I was greeted by Donna and Oscar. I had met Oscar during my past two surgeries. Their professionalism, kind-heartedness and compassionate nature makes them true priceless jewels on your team. The morning of surgery is a bit unsettling for anyone– but they go out of their way to keep you calm and at ease. They explain each step that they are taking to ensure the best possible experience during the surgery. What amazing professionals. Dr. Culbertson, Thank you so kindly for being a Proficient, Skilled, Professional and Thoughtful Doctor. I appreciate all that you have done for me and I have been satisfied with the results each time.” -Elizabeth — Charlotte, SC
“I just wanted to drop you a note to thank you for everything you've done for me. My incisions are healing well, and I am feeling better every day. You've made a “huge” Improvement in my quality of life. Thank you again.” -Laurie — Columbia, SC
“Your patience, sensitivity, and genuine concern was one of the main reasons that I chose you; not once, but twice to place my life and body in your hands. Your calming reassurance and soothing “bedside” manner meant so very much when I or my husband had any concerns or questions regarding the surgeries and recoveries on each. I had hidden myself behind my weight for well over 30 years. In 2008, I decided to have gastric bypass done. Two years later the weight was gone, but my self confidence and esteem were still holding me back. So, we did our homework and researched several plastic surgeons. Our Insurance would have paid for my Breast surgery to be done in Charleston, but we chose you above those in Columbia and even in Charleston at MUSC, after meeting you the first time, we knew you were the right one. You took so much of your time to sit with my husband and I and explained the pros and cons of my Mastopexy and then the Tummy Tuck. When we had concerns and called for you after hours, your response time was awesome each time. It was never over an hour before you returned our calls and would bring me into your office to make sure I was on track and to just basically reassure us. That is so rare this day and time as too many Doctors treat people as just another addition to their bank account. Like we are part of a big production line. I thank God for leading us to you Dr. C. You alter more than bodies; at least for me you did. You altered my whole outlook. The sensitivity and support of your fine staff helped make my surgeries go as well as I think they could have. They are some of the best people I have had the pleasure of getting to know. Competent, sensitive physicians like you are the prize of the medical profession. I tell anyone who asks, how I went from a size 26 to a size 8 – Thus, my saying ‘Body by God, Alterations by Dr. Culbertson'.” -Nell — Sumter, SC
Thank you so much for the care and attention you provided me. My husband and I appreciate your taking the time to explain to us about my surgery before and after the operation. Your staff was so pleasant and professional. We appreciate the kindness and attention given to me.” -Linda — Florence, SC

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