Charlotte Plastic Surgeon
4310 Sharon Road , Suite V02
Charlotte, North Carolina 28211 US
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5 out of 5 stars Facelift

Wow wow wow

Wow wow wow such a wonderful result with my facelift procedure! Dr Criswell is professional, very caring and concerned with my well being and happiness. I have and will continue to recommend her to friends and family. Also considering a laser procedure and I'm sure I will be just as happy.

5 out of 5 stars Breast Augmentation

Artist at work!

My experience was amazing from beginning to the end! I had a breast augmentation a year ago. Kara Criswell is not only professional but highly skilled in what she does- it's definetly an art form! Thx!

5 out of 5 stars Tummy Tuck

Spectacular Experience and Results! - Ballantyne, NC

Dr Kara Criswell is a true artist. She uses her superior surgical skills and artistic eye to craft beautiful shapes on the human form.She fills the room with an energetic grace and brings a sense of confidence and determination to get things done. Dr Kara Criswell made me feel that I was cared for and in good hands through the entire tummy tuck experience.

5 out of 5 stars Breast Augmentation

Great doctor and team! - Charlotte, NC

Dr Kara Criswell did a fantastic job on my breast augmentation and nipple correction. She was very thorough and helped me understand the entire process and answered all of my questions. Her entire team throughout the whole process were very friendly, professional and comforting when I was a little nervous about surgery. I am very happy with my results and I would highly recommend Dr Criswell.

5 out of 5 stars Arm Lift

Thrilled with my results!

Having lost about 120 lbs. with gastric bypass, it was very important for me to find a plastic surgeon who was skilled and experienced with body contouring. I did my research and found Kara Criswell to be the best fit for me. From my initial consult, through surgery and follow up visits, I could not have asked for a better experience. She is very friendly, easy to talk to, knowledgeable and...

5 out of 5 stars Tummy Tuck Revision

Terrific tummy tuck

I had a tummy tuck and I am very pleased with the results. It was well worth it! Looking forward to showing off my new bod this spring and summer. Dr. Kara Criswell is very competent and personable and I could not have asked for better care. She and whole whole staff are amazing.

5 out of 5 stars Breast Reconstruction

BRCA Positive - Bi-Lateral Reconstructive Surgery

The first day I met Kara and her staff I felt very welcomed. They were some of the most genuine, caring people I've ever met. Finding out that you test positive is a battle of it's own but regaining your confidence and certain attributes that make you feel like a woman is another. Kara Criswell listened to all my concerns along the way from the beginning to the very end. Even after almost a...

5 out of 5 stars Breast Augmentation

Great experience! - Charlotte, NC

I would highly recommend Dr. Kara Criswell. She did a great job with my breast augmentation. She listened to what I was looking for and gave great post surgery and follow up care. The staff at Criswell and Criswell were super nice and helpful as well.

5 out of 5 stars Breast Implants

Phenomenal Experience! - Charlotte, NC

Dr. Criswell is a superior plastic surgeon. She listened to the results I was looking for and actually worked toward that goal. I recovered very well and never had a single bruise, now that's talent! I am overjoyed with my results.

5 out of 5 stars Facelift

Excellent Experience, Great Results

From the first consultation to the actual surgery (lower face lift with fat transfer) and follow up care this entire experience was a breeze. Dr Kara and her entire staff are clearly at the top of their game. All were kind, knowledgeable, reassuring and professional. The office is beautiful and calming, the surgery suite state of the art. They value their patients and it shows. I received...

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Board Certifications

Board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery


American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS)
Fellow, American College of Surgeons (FACS)

Hospital Privileges

Dr. Criswell has hospital affiliations at Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center, Novant Health Ballantyne Surgery Center, Novant Health Presbyterian Orthopedic Hospital, Novant Health Presbyterian Matthews Hospital, CMC Charlotte, CMC Pineville, and CMC Mercy.


  • Undergraduate & Medical School

    Undergraduate: BA, Colgate University
    Medical: MD, Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajara and New York Medical College
  • Post-Medical School Training

    Internship: Surgery, Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, NY
    Surgery, Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, NY
    General Surgery, Loyola University, Stritch School of Medicine, Chicago, IL
    Plastic, Reconstructive, and Cosmetic Surgery, University of Illinois at Chicago

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How soon will I be able to fly after BBL? 3 hour direct flight.

Discussing the post-operative care & guidelines with your surgeon is imperative for your safety & for the best outcome possible. Whether you are... READ MORE

Is topical anesthetic necessary during the diVa Procedure?

Yes, prior to diVa Vaginal Laser Therapy, a topical numbing agent is applied. This pre-treatment makes the short 3 minute procedure pain-free.... READ MORE

Is diVa vaginal laser therapy painful?

Prior to diVa Vaginal Laser Therapy, a topical numbing agent is applied. This pre-treatment makes the short 3 minute procedure pain-free. Patients... READ MORE

Who is the best candidate for diVa vaginal laser treatment?

The best candidate for diVa vaginal laser is any female with issues such as urinary incontinence, vaginal dryness & irritation (due to menopause,... READ MORE

How long do I have to wait to tan after a breast lift?

As with all post surgical care, follow your surgeon’s protocol. With any surgery that involves an incision, we want that area protected from the e... READ MORE

1-week post-op BBL, how much more will my butt shrink?

That is an excellent question! When the Brazilian Buttock Augmentation is done, the surgeon is transferring fat from other areas of the body.... READ MORE

What questions should you ask at a BBL consultation?

Being prepared prior to your consultation will allow the visit to run smoothly and efficiently. Some questions to either research prior to your... READ MORE

I don't want butt implants. Is there any other way to get a bigger butt?

Yes, a Brazilian buttock augmentation is a procedure recommended to enhance the buttock area for volume and size without using prosthetic implants.... READ MORE

Is it okay to travel with Latisse?

Since Latisse is a prescription medication, following the manufacturer’s recommendation is advised. As with any medication, you do not want to c... READ MORE

I used Latisse and now I have hairs in the corner of my eyes. Will they go away?

When Latisse is applied to the upper lash line, there is potential for some runoff to go in the inner corner of the eyes. It may be difficult not to... READ MORE

Before and After Photos by Dr. Criswell

Kara K. Criswell, MD, FACS has shared 11 before and after pictures with 15 helpful votes from the RealSelf community.

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