Gary R. Culbertson MD, FACS
About the Practice
Dr. Gary Culbertson has prospered in a small community because he performs cosmetic surgery utilizing tried and true techniques. We provide personalized individualist patient care. Our primary concern is that you obtain a favorable outcome from your aesthetic procedure with reasonable preoperative expectations. Aesthetic procedures are performed in our State of the Art Aesthetic Surgery facility: The Iris Surgery Center. Our chief source of referrals come from satisfied patients not from marketing or advertising. For that natural looking enhanced appearance through cosmetic surgery please give us a call in the Palmetto State; South Carolina.
Dr. Culbertson is the Medical Director of the Iris Surgery Center
and provides a full spectrum of cosmetic procedures including:
Facial Cosmetic Surgery
- Facelift: Rhytidectomy
- Forehead Lift and Browlift (endoscopic assisted)
- Eyelid Ptosis, Ectropin & Entropin Repair
- Nose refinement: Rhinoplasty
- Facial peels
- Ear Recontouring: Otoplasty
- Chin and Cheek Augmentation
- Laser Skin Resurfacing
Breast Surgery (our specialty)
- Breast enlargement: Augmentation
- Breast Reduction
- Breast Lift: Mastopexy
Body Sculpting (our specialty)
- Tummy Tucks: Abdominoplasty
- Body Contouring: Liposuction (UAL/SAL)
- Lateral, Medial or Lower Body Lifts
- Brachioplasty (Upper Arm Recontouring)
- Body and Facial Hair Removal
- Laser Skin Care & Treatment
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Background & Certification
Diplomate of the American Board of Plastic Surgery since 1996
Trinity University, TX; BA 1978
University of Texas Medical School in Houston; MD 1984
General Surgery Residency;
Fitzsimons Army Medical Center;
Aurora, CO; completed 1990
Plastic Surgery Fellowship;
William Beaumont Army Medical Center;
El Paso, TX; completed 1992
Continuing Medical Education Credits: Current
Length of time in practice: Since 1994
Publications and Presentations
Culbertson,G.R. “532-nm Diode Laser Treatment of Seborrheic Keratoses with Color Enhancement,” Dermatologic Surgery, Vol. 34, Issue 4, pp. 525-528, April 2008.
Be Your Best- A Comprehensive Guide to Aesthetic Plastic Surgery; Insight International Press, LLC, 2006; Contributing Expert
Culbertson, G.R., Mcmanus, A.T., Conarro, P.A., McManus, W.F., Mason, A.D., Jr., and Pruitt, B.A. Jr., "Clinical Trial of Imipene/Cilastin in Severely Burned and Infected Patients." Surgery, Gynecology and Obstetrics, Vol. 165, pp. 25-28, July 1987
Benson, C., Soisson, A.P., Carlson, J., Culbertson, G.R., Hawley-Bowland, C., Richards, F.P. "Neovaginal Reconstruction with a Rectus Abdominis Myocutaneous Flap." Obstetrics and Gynecology, Vol. 81, No. 5, Part 2, pp.871-875, May 1993
Clark, J.R., Conarro, P.A., Culbertson, G.R., Hovenga, T.L., Schoelkopf, L., "Gastric Partitioning with Stapled Gastrogastrostomy for Morbid Obesity." Scientific Exhibit Fall ACS Meeting - October 1987, San Francisco, CA
Culbertson, G.R. and Clark, J.R., "Breast Cancer presenting as an Axillary Mass." 1988 Annual Meeting - Colorado Chapter of the ACS, Colorado Springs, CO
Culbertson, G.R., and Clar, J.R., "Preservation of Anal Function." 10th Annual Gary R. Wratten Surgical Symposium, April 1989, Tacoma, WA
Culbertson, G.R., and Clark, J.R., "lleo-Anal Pull Through Procedure in Adults." 1989 Annual Meeting - Colorado Chapter of the ACS, Colorado Springs, CO
Culbertson, G.R., and Clark, J.R., "Evaluation and Management of the Adrenal Gland Mass." 11th Annual Gary R. Wratten Surgical Symposium, April 1990, Washington, D.C. and 1990 Annual Meeting - Colorado Chapter of the ACS, Colorado Springs, CO
Culbertson, G.R., Richards, F.D., Burkhardt, B.R. and Donovan, M., "An Innovative Approach to Malar Augmentation." 24th Annual Meeting of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, Inc., April 1991, New York, NY and 124th Annual Session of the Texas Medical Association Section of Plastic, Reconstructive and Maxillofacial Surgery, May, 1991, Dallas, TX
Keim, J.R., Monsivais, J.J., Culbertson, G.R., "The Management of Recurrent Carpal Tunnel Syndrome." Scientific Exhibit-60th Annual Meeting of the ASPRS-PSEF-ASMS, September 1991, Seattle, WA
Monsivais, J.J., Keim, J.R., Culbertson, G.R., "Current Trends in the Management of Osteomyelitis After Grade III Open Fractures." 60th Annual Meeting of the ASPRS-PSEF-ASMS, September 1991, Seattle, WA
Monsivais, J.J., Culbertson, G.R., Monsivais, D.B., "The Management of Radial Tunnel Syndrome with Radial Nerve Transposition." 60th Annual Meeting of the ASPRS-PSEF-ASMS, September 1991, Seattle, WA
Culbertson, G.R., Keim, J.R., Monsivais, J.J., "Free Vascularized vs Intervascular Grafts for Nerve Repair." 60th Annual Meeting of ASPRS-PSEF-ASMS, September, 1991, Seattle, WA; Current Concepts in Microsurgical Tissue Transfer Conference, PSEF, March 1992, St. Louis, MS; and the Plastic Surgery Senior Residents Conference, May 1992, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Culbertson, G. R., “An Algorithm for Safely Performing Abdominoplasties with other Major Plastic Surgery Procedures”, Southeastern Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery- 2006 Sea, Island, GA
Awards & Honors
1991; Scientific Poster Award - 60th Annual Meeting of ASPRS-PSEF-ASMS, Seattle, WA
1992; Microsurgery Award - Plastic Surgery Senior Residents Conference, Montreal Quebec, Canada
AMA Physicians Recognition Award 1993 to present
Affiliations & Memberships
Clarendon Memorial Hospital; Manning, SC
Kershaw County Medical Center, Camden, SC
American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS)
American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS)
Fellow of the American College of Surgeons (FACS)
American Medical Association (AMA) South Carolina Medical Association (SCMA)
South Carolina Society of Plastic Surgeons (SCSPS); Past President
Southeastern Society of Plastic Surgeon’s (SESPS)
South Carolina Society of Plastic Surgeons
Past President - 1996
Legislative Representative - 1997 to present
South Carolina Medical Disciplinary Committee, 5th District
Member - 1999 to present
A nominal fee is charged for cosmetic consults to prevent shoppers. Fee is applied to the cost of scheduled aesthetic surgery if over $1000.
Staff & Facilities
The Iris Surgical Center is our JACHO Certified and Accredited
Office Based Surgical Center. All Surgeries are performed in our
state-of-the-art on site facility. We provide our patients with a
personal and private operating suite. Visit the Iris Surgery Center
Not utilized as Dr. Culbertson is an artist and could make your computer image appear better than can be humanly achieved.
Skin Care Products
Complete line of Skin Care Products offered for various skin
types and colors.
Visa, MasterCard and American Express; Credit Care; Patient
"Ask a Question" Responses
I had a facelift 2 months ago and my PS did a post tragus incision. It is flat and tight on one side. He has injected steroids and tells me to press...
It may take as long as 6 months to a year to see the final result from your surgery. Please be patient. Yes, minor revisional surgery can be done is...
My face was burned due to steam and I have scars on one side of face as well as on other parts of my face. I have tried cosmetic laser surgeries but...
An examination & evaluation would be required to answer your questions. Consider a member of the ABA or ASAPS in your area. There are experts in Burn...
Does a plastic surgeon remove a basil cell carcinoma from a nose? I have a quarter sized basil cell carcinoma on my nose.
Many Plastic Surgeons perform both the excision & closure of cutaneous malignacies like Basal Cell Carcinoma. Slow MOHS or an equivalent excision may...
I have Aetna Choice PPO II plan and my insurance will pay for my breast reduction if I meet the criteria. However, their Explanation of Benefits says...
A Breast Lift is often considered part of the Breast Reduction Surgery. Consider addressing your concerns with your Plastic Surgeon who pre-approved...
Since having my first child 8 years ago I have had a bulge that appears when I contract my abs at the top of my stomach near my ribs, very painful...
An examination or photographs would be required to answer your question. You could have a Flank hernia or defect? Consider seeking out a member of...