Wilmington Plastic Surgeon
1717 Shipyard Blvd., Ste. 100
Wilmington, North Carolina 28403 US
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"From the very first consultation I appreciated how straight forward he was, and how he understood what I wanted." "I would highly recommend both Dr. and the procedure to someone looking for GREAT results!" "Dr Ricciardelli and the staff at Brunswick Hospital in SC were wonderful."

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5 out of 5 stars Tummy Tuck

44 Year Old Two Kids Tummy Tuck. Wilmington, NC

Dr. Ricciardelli, is a master at what he does and is a total perfectionist. Which is what you want when you have someone working on your body. Will give you realist expectations and keep you informed thru the entire process. Was super careful about my tattoos that I was keeping in the procedure.

5 out of 5 stars Rhinoplasty

Rhinoplasty - Wilmington, NC

He was very informative, and caring. He answered any questions that I had, and knew exactly what he was talking about.

5 out of 5 stars Eyelid Surgery

68 Year Old Female - Wilmington, NC

I wish I could give more than a 5 star rating for Dr. Ricciardelli.

5 out of 5 stars Eyelid Surgery

Grandma of 5 with Drooping Eyes - Much Needed Eyelift. Wilmington, NC

Dr Ricciadelli, MD is a doctor who is not only a perfectionist, but, also a man who honestly understood my concerns and fear. I appreciate the time he took to explain the procedure and help me understand the healing process. When I called the office 3 days after surgery, it was he who took the call and helped me. I would not hesitate to recommend him as a skilled surgeon. Good bedside manner. Thank you, Dr R.

5 out of 5 stars Eyelid Surgery

Senior Living Alone - Wilmington, NC

I would recommend Dr. Ricciardelli to anyone. The surgery was easy with no pain, no difficulty closing my eyes and no dry eye problems. There was bruising for only about a week as a result of following his instructions prior and following the surgery.

5 out of 5 stars Rhinoplasty

24 Year Old Female Wanting Rhinoplasty for Cosmetic Reasons - Wilmington, NC

Dr. Ricciardelli is amazing. From the very first consultation I appreciated how straight forward he was, and how he understood what I wanted. I wanted more structure to my nose without feeling like I was not 'myself'. During the surgery I was very nervous, but Dr. Ricciardelli, as well as his staff were excellent and made me feel comfortable. This was my first experience getting any kind of cosmetic surgery and I am so thankful for Dr. Ricciardelli for making it the best first experience I could hope for. Thank you!

5 out of 5 stars Mentor Breast Implants

26 Years Old with Tubular Breasts and Four Children - Wilmington, NC

I visited Dr Ricciardelli for a consult and was instantly at ease. He is friendly, kind and listens to your exact wishes. He is realistic and will tell you if your wishes can be safely done or not.

5 out of 5 stars Tummy Tuck

2 Kids and a Majors Weight Loss Later... - Wilmington, NC

After having 2 kids and losing 75lbs, there was no way no matter what I did that the skin on my stomach was going anywhere unless I had it surgically removed. I had never had an elective surgery before and was very nervous about it but figured that scheduling a consultation wouldn't hurt. When I checked in for my consultation, the front office was very delightful and gave me a ton of...

5 out of 5 stars Juvederm

Lovely Lips! - Wilmington, NC

I've always wanted lips a little bigger than what I have now but was always very nervous to get them done. I heard horror stories about how painful it was and I didn't want to end up with huge duck lips! I called Dr. Ricciardelli's office and the lady that answered the phone immediately put me at ease. She was very knowledgable about the different fillers they carry for lip injections and...

5 out of 5 stars Juvederm

I Love my Lips! Wilmington, NC

I had a recent appointment with Dr. Ricciardelli for my complimentary consultation about possible lip fillers. I was nervous about the injection because you see and hear not so successful stories from others. The front staff was very friendly, and personable. His MA, Rachel made me feel so comfortable. And he instantly put me at ease when he came in the room. We talked about what filler would...

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Personal Statement

It is important that you don't look like you've had plastic surgery. The goal is to be a more confident version of yourself. I have found that most patients have very realistic goals and expectations. My hope is to exceed your dreams of natural beauty.

Board Certifications

Board-certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology and American Board of Plastic Surgery


American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS)
American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS)

Consultation Fee

Free. At your consultation, Dr. Ricciardelli will thoroughly discuss your goals and expectations. Feel free to bring a list of questions.

Awards & Recognition

Americas Top Plastic Surgeons, consecutively since 2006
Real Self Top Doctor since 2016
President of the New Hanover-Pender Medical Society 2017
Visiting Associate Professor of Plastic Surgery University of Virginia
RealSelf Top Doctor

Hospital Privileges

Dr. Ricciardelli has hospital affiliations at New Hanover Regional Medical Center, Novant Health Brunswick Medical Center.


  • Undergraduate & Medical School

    Undergraduate: Biology, University of Virginia
    Medical: MD, University of Virginia
  • Post-Medical School Training

    General Surgery, University of Washington
    Otolaryngology Head & Neck Surgery, University of Washington
    Plastic Surgery - University of Virginia Medical Center, Chief Resident

Treatments offered at Summit Plastic Surgery and Dermatology

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Is weakness and numbness in the arms normal after Gynecomastia Surgery?

Always dangerous to diagnose with no exam but it most likely is due to traction on the arm during surgery.  First and foremost talk to your surgeon. ... READ MORE

Is there any treatment for this kind of eye bags? (photos)

Dark circles under a the eyes are often due to a combination of hyperpigmentation of the skin, baggies due to fat herniation, and a separation of... READ MORE

I had two brow lifts that didn't work. Was something done wrong? Or does this happen?

Its hard to know without your pictures but all browlifts have the potential to  recur or have the brows droop again after surgery. The rate varies d... READ MORE

What are the unique complications of a temporal/open midface lift? Why are incisions placed through the mouth and sometimes not?

Agree with the excellent answer from the previous consultant that a SMAS lift is my preference in the absence of specific indications. When a... READ MORE

Moderate swelling esp. near ears and cheeks from lower face lift.

Swelling 2 weeks after a facelift is absolutely expected and normal. Arnica, while we use it in our practice, has never been objectively shown to... READ MORE

Better aesthetically & less tired look via transconj. mid-face lift, cheek & tear trough implants, for 40-year old? (Photo)

Alot of questions here. I believe there are different appraoches that will work to achieve a natural facial rejuvination and deep plane facelift is... READ MORE

Blepharoplasty with lift at side of eyes (Photo)

Four week is too early to assess the final result. There will still be swelling. The pulled up look at the corners should improve with time as well.... READ MORE

Will sunken lower eyelid and hollowness, 4 months after eyelid surgery correct itself and when ?

Im sorry you are having concerns following your surgery. Make sure you dicuss your concerns with your surgeon. He/she may be able to provide an... READ MORE

Can my post-Mohs surgery scar be improved? (photos)

Hi and thanks for your question. For every 10 scars I see for revision, I will actually surgically revise 1. That is becasue many will improve with... READ MORE

What kind of bra is recommended post surgery when having a breast augmentation?

I will determine whether a bra or strap above the implants is needed at the time of surgery. I will usually, however, use a velcro strap above the... READ MORE

Before and After Photos by Dr. Ricciardelli

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Av Overview on the Facelift Procedure

Dr. Edward Ricciardelli discusses what happens during a facelift, as well why the most important aspect is volumizing the mid-face. The facelift also tightens the jawline, cheek area, and neck. WATCH VIDEO

Facelift vs. Neck Lift: What Is Right for Me?

Dr. Edward Ricciardelli discusses the differences between a facelift and a neck lift. There are important things that you should know before deciding to have your surgery. WATCH VIDEO

Choosing the Right Plastic Surgeon for Breast Augmentation

Dr. Edward Ricciardelli shares a few pointers on choosing the right plastic surgeon for breast augmentation. WATCH VIDEO

Nose Surgery: What Is Important to Consider for Your Rhinoplasty?

Dr. Edward Ricciardelli discusses rhinoplasty and cosmetic surgery of the nose. He talks about what is important when selecting your plastic surgeon. WATCH VIDEO

The Doctor Shares a Recovery Tip After Breast Augmentation

Dr. Edward Ricciardelli discusses the use of long acting anesthetic called Exparel and exercise after augmentation. WATCH VIDEO

This Doctor Shares His Technique for Creating Youthful Looking Eyes

Dr. Edward Ricciardelli describes the hallmark features of a youthful upper lid and how to attain the look with surgery and fat transfer. WATCH VIDEO

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