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Gary R. Culbertson, MD, FACS

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Gary R. 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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About

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.

Facilities

We own and operate the Iris Surgery Center. This is an American Association of Ambulatory Surgery Facility, Inc. accredited Office Based Cosmetic Surgery Center. This is a Level C facilty offering all forms of anesthesia including General Anesthia. You can see our facity here: :http://www.garyculbertson.com/virtual-tour/

Patient Testimonials

“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
“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
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

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 Cancer Reconstruction

Head and Neck Skin 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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Tummy Tuck after Epigastric Hernia Repair

Tummy Tuck

Member Response:

Ms New, You may want to consider a second option. If your epigastric hernia is not too large it mat be repairable at the time of your TT. We commonly perform umbilical hernia repairs at the time of LipoAbdominoplasty's. Consider seeking out a ASPS surgeon in your area. Best, Gary R Culbertson, MD

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how can tiny eyes be enlarged

Eyelid Surgery

Member Response:

maplechaos, You will require an examination and review of your previous surgery's to answer your questions. Consider requesting a copy of your previous operative reports on your eylid surgery's. Then, consider a consult with an ASPS member in your area that specializes in Occuplastic Surgery. Take your records with you to the visit. Here is link that may be of assistance: https://garyculbertson.com/facial-plastic-surgery-before-and-after/ .Best, Gary R Culbertson, MD, FACS

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Mechanical Valve in my Heart

Breast Augmentation

Member Response:

Normally, patients that have had mechanical heart valves placed are on permanent anticoagulation therapy. If you are on a permanent blood thinner then, a breast augmentation surgery would not be a good idea. Best, Gary R Culbertson, MD, FACS

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Panniculectomy / tummy tuck

Panniculectomy

Member Response:

angela427. Great question. Consider trying to get rid of your seroma first. A post operative seroma can be a cause of increased complications with the other surgery’s you are considering. You are only going to have these types of surgery once so, consider doing it in the safest environment possible. Please note that many insurance companies will not allow a medically necessary surgery to be performed at the same time as a medical unnecessary cosmetic surgerys like a Tummy Tuck. Check with your Insurance Carrier & Hospital to make sure that combining the two is OK. Best, Gary R Culbertson, MD, FACS

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Complications after tummy tuck

Tummy Tuck

Member Response:

Thanks You for the Great Question. Yes, you are correct. Get an evaluation BEFORE any surgery or stopping your blood thinners. Just like folks bleed (i.e. hemophilia) there are people who clot. Since you are on anticoagulation therapy for your PE consider going back to a Hematologist for surgical clearance. See if they want you to come off the blood thinners to do a Hypercoagulability work up (i.e. blood tests). The last thing you want is another DVT/PE. Best, Gary R Culbertson, MD, FACS

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Please Help

Rhinoplasty

Member Response:

WOW!! Saddle Nose Deformity. Most Common from Trauma and/or Drug Abuse. Can be a very complicated process that may require more than one surgery to correct. Smoking and continued drug use could be considered contraindications to surgery. Be prepared to receive serial smoking and drug tests. Approach a training program in Plastic Surgery in your area. This may dcrease your costs dramatically. Best, Gary R Culbertson, MD, FACS

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Pulmonary embolism

Tummy Tuck

Member Response:

sabby43, Yes, you would be determined to be at increased risk for perioperative PE/DVT with a Tummy Tuck or Mommy Makeover. Plastic Surgeons & hospitals today often screen/ evaluate their patients for this possble life threatening event BEFORE surgery. There is a light at the end of the tunnel. Consider seeing a Hematologist for a Hypercoaguabilty profile/work up and/or consider getting a Factor V Lyden Defeciency blood test. A positive Factor V Lyden Defeciency test can be considered one of the conditions of patients with hypercoaguability that requires anticoagulation before surgery. Many plastic surgeons today are going to consider giving theirTummy Tuck or Mommy Makeover patients an anticoagulant like Xeralto or Eliquis after their surgery if they have an increased risk for PE/DVT. In our office this is done in all our Tummy Tuck or Mommy Makeover patients as part of a Critical Pathway of Care to reduce perioperative complications. Seek out an ASPS member familar with PE/DVT.

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mild ptosis: eyelid surgery &/or brow lift to make eye area more symmetrical?

Eyelid Surgery

Member Response:

Yes, by your photo's it looks likeleft upper eyelid ptosis. You will require an examination to determine exactly what is going on with your left eye. Consider an ASPS member that does Occuloplastic Surgery in your area. Here are some photo's to review before your consult: https://garyculbertson.com/facial-plastic-surgery-before-and-after/ . Best, Gary R Culbertson, MD, FACS

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Insurance

Breast Reduction

Member Response:

RobinP, Coverage of a Breast Reduction is determined by the Insurance Carrier. Doctors no longer dictate health care. Insuance company's do becuase, you are paying them for the covered services. Check with your personel insurance plan to see if they cover the surgery you are considering. Best, Gary R Culbertson, MD, FACS

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Help! Unknown reason for boils after bbl

Buttock Lift with Augmentation

Member Response:

Soto76, I am so sorry to here you are in this predicament. Return to your orginal surgeon for some answers. If you feel uncomfortable about doing this then, consider asking for a referral to an Inectious Disease Physician. If this has not been done already you are likely to require an extensive evaluation (i.e. CT Scan or MRI, tissue diagnosis to rule out fungus, etc.). Hope this is of assistance. Best, Gary R Culbertson, MD, FACS

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Abdominoplasty with hernia repair

Tummy Tuck

Member Response:

Strongly agree with Dr Johnson. You most likely do not require an abdominoplasty to fix/repair your umbilical hernia. Get you symptomatic umbilical hernia fixed through your insurance carrier. Do not expect to get cosmetic surgery like an abdominoplasty with hernia repair as a covered service by your insurance carrier. Best, Gary R Culbertson, MD, FACS

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Discharge from my belly button 6 years after tummy tuck

Tummy Tuck

Member Response:

Akaexhale, Take a look at your operative report. A common cause of this type of event could be a non-dissolvable braded suture (mersaline, ethibond, etc.). A post operative patient can get a chronic draining stitch abscess from these types of sutures. That is why many plastic surgeons today use sutures that are monfilament and dissolve away with time on their cosmetic (adbdominoplasty) patients (PDS, etc.). PDS (polydioxanone) sutures are much more expensive sutures and can even have antibotics embedded into the suture material. Best, Gary R Culbertosn, MD, FACS

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Malignant hyperthermia

Tummy Tuck

Member Response:

There are different types of MH. Consider getting pre-operative clearance from your internal medicine practitioner or cardiologist. Then, consider a facility/plastic surgeon in your area that is very familiar with peri-operative management of MH. Sometimes this means you may have to go to a major medical center. For instance our facility is a AAAASF level C facility and utilizes an Anesthesiologist. Of course we have done patients with MH. Special precautions are required in the MH patient that can make your TT a bit more expensive. Unfortunately, we are over 6 hrs from your location. These are the some parameters that you might consider BEFORE your surgery. Best, Gary R Culbertson, MD, FACS

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Where do I find a surgeon to diagnose my paradoxical adipose hyperplasia

Body Contouring

Member Response:

Paradoxical Adipose Hyperplasia (PDH) is a well known complication of fat freezing devices like CoolSculpting. Your insurance carrier most likely will not cover any treatment for your condition as it arouse from a Aesthetic or Cosmetic procedure. Consider addressing the issue with the vendor- CoolSculpting. If they provide no resolution then, consider legal assistance. Best, Gary R Culbertson, MD, FACS

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Nasolabial folds

Liposuction

Member Response:

Alot more data is required to answer your questions. You most likely we require and examination, view old photo's, etc. Seek out a ASPS member near your area familiar with non-surgical facial rejuvenation. Best, Gary Culbertson, MD, FACS

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Double chin

Neck Lift

Member Response:

hey1,all, Thanks for the photo's. Unfortuately, surgery most likely will be the solution to your concern. Yes, you appear to be a classic male Neck/ Face lift. The issue is not just your skin but the deep cervical structures. An examination would be required to make a definitive plan. Cardiac Clerance for such a surgical procedure would most likely be required at your age. Consider someone in your area that is an ASPS member familar with these procedures. Best, Gary R Culbertson, MD, FACS

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Tired of Saggy Breasts

Breast Reduction

Member Response:

A breast reduction usually envolves dropping at least two cup sizes. A breast lift or mastopexy usually envolves dropping at least 1/2 of a cup size. Both procedures normally include a lift. Best, Gary R Culbertson, MD, FACS

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having more than 1

Breast Reduction

Member Response:

Usually, your ASPS member will take you down in size with a Breast Reduction to the breast being proportional to body size or smaller than your body size. The approximate amount to be removed is usually estimated per-op and submitted with your other significant data to your insurnace carrier with your photo's. Here are a few examples: https://garyculbertson.com/breast-plastic-surgery-before-and-after/. Best, Gary R Culbertson, MD, FACS

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Inquiring

Facelift

Member Response:

Consider seeing the practitioner that manages your AODM first. An A1C can assit in determining if it is OK to proceed. Ask for Surgical Clearance. Then, pursue an ASPS Member in your area familar with FaceLifts in Diabetic patients. Best, Gary R Culbertson, MD, FACS

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Photo Gallery Payment

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

“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
“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
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
“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

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