Virginia Beach Plastic Surgeon
5589 Greenwich Rd, Suite 100
Virginia Beach, Virginia 23462 US
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5 out of 5 stars Facelift

Outstanding Result and Care - Virginia Beach, VA

Notwithstanding, Dr. Carraway has still generously continued to follow me and provide care to further erase the traces of the original surgery in order to achieve a perfect result. The follow up care has been exceptional! Since surgery, I have received numerous, extraordinary compliments from friends on my appearance. I have actually been taken aback by just how many compliments I have been kindly given, as well as their exceptional nature. I feel happy, confident, and content with my appearance. Choosing to have surgery with Dr. Carraway turned out to be a very good decision. I chose Dr. Carraway because of his skill and expertise. Three other physicians recommended him to me (one of whom was from out of state - Dr. Carraway is nationally known). Medicine is an art and there are real differences between physicians. As a patient of Dr. Carraway's, I not only benefited from his surgery expertise, I very much like him, thus the experience of working with him was a pleasure. I found him to be someone who genuinely cares about my well-being, is kind, charming, and informative. My observation that he is a surgeon motivated by a love for his patients, coupled with a daily desire to be intellectually and creatively engaged was aptly demonstrated in both my surgery and aftercare experiences. Contemplating, and then having surgery, is stressful. There is real benefit to working with a physician with exceedingly good patient rapport that you can trust will provide remarkable results.

5 out of 5 stars Facelift

An Excellent Plastic Surgeon - Virgina Beach, VA

Dr. Carraway is an excellent plastic surgery. I have had facelift, browlift, necklift and blepharoplasty and am very pleased with my results. He listens, and he is not happy until the patient is satisfied. I cannot recommend him highly enough.

5 out of 5 stars Eyelid Surgery

I Think I'm Finally out of the HELL After 13 Years - Virginia Beach, VA

He's been a plastic surgeon for 40+ years- is an expert on eyelids- can tell you the real deal. Fixes other surgeons mistakes- world renowned at levator lenghtening. Very few doctors in the world can do this surgery.

1 out of 5 stars Mommy Makeover

Day 22 Post-Op - Virginia Beach, VA

Dr. Carraway is the PS for Eastern Virginia Medical School. He is an expert witness who testifies in botched plastic surgery trials. People come from out of town to have him fix other surgeon's work. He came highly recommended by some friends of mine who had used him for work they had done. He is older, and has 40+ years experience. In my opinion and in this field, that is a very positive attribute. I did not consider any surgeons that were younger than 60. I have been quite pleased with all decisions that he had liberty to make. ALL THE GOOD STUFF I WROTE ABOUT HIM IS CRAP! HAD IT ALL REVISED BY ANOTHER SURGEON. HAD ANOTHER COMPLETE TUMMY TUCK WITH MUSCLE REPAIR. DON'T WASTE YOUR MONEY WITH THIS SURGEON IF YOU'RE GETTING ANYTHING DONE BELOW THE CHIN. (4-28-14)

5 out of 5 stars Revision Rhinoplasty

Tip and Scar Repair

Dr. Carraway is very thorough, kind, informative, and gentle. He has previously worked on my other family members and I felt that I was in extremely gifted hands.

5 out of 5 stars Eyelid Surgery

27, Lower Bleph Correction (Fat Graft Removal) - Virginia Beach, VA

Highly skilled for eye-related surgeries. Caring, attentive, listens, never felt rushed.

5 out of 5 stars Chin Surgery

Dr. Carraway Fixed my Chin. - Virginia Beach, VA

Words cannot convey how happy I am with Dr. Carraway and his staff though I will try. I was referred to Dr. Carraway by Dr. McDaniel for revision surgery of my chin which was another local Dr's poor result. I am grateful for that referral because a year later, I am fully healed and my chin looks great! Dr. Carraway is a excellent surgeon who genuinely cares about his patients as well as his...

5 out of 5 stars Revision Rhinoplasty

Rhinoplasty Tip Revision

Dr. Carraway is the best. He is very patient, calming and competent. I would definitely recommend him.

3 out of 5 stars Eyelid Surgery

Eyelid Surgery - Disappointed in Staff. Virginia Beach, VA

When I first met with Dr Carraway - he was very kind and made all kinds of recommendations. He appeared at that time to be very patient and concerned. I returned to have the surgery that was recommended and was so disappointed in the way the nurse assisting and Dr Carraway treated me that day. They were very short with me and I felt like I was seeing a total different personality. The nurse that assisted even rolled her eyes at me and snapped at me when I asked a question. I almost felt tricked. When I returned to get my stitches out - a different nurse tended to me and she was very nice and helpful. I am overall satisfied with the actual surgery though my skin was stitched incorrectly and I have a crease where the skin over laps under my brow.

*Your results may vary. Any specific claims or permanence length of results vary for each patient and are not guaranteed.

Board Certifications

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


American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS)

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Hospital Privileges

Dr. Carraway has hospital affiliations at Sentara Leigh Hospital, Norfolk, VA / Sentara Norfolk General Hospital, VA / Bon Secours/DePaul Medical Center, Norfolk, VA.


  • Undergraduate & Medical School

    Undergraduate: BA, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

    Medical: University of Virginia
  • Post-Medical School Training

    Internship: Norfolk General Hospital, Virginia

    General Surgery, Norfolk General Hospital, Virginia
    Plastic Surgery, Eastern Virginia Medical School, Norfolk, Virginia

    Fellowship: Glasgow Royal Infirmary, Canniesburn, Scotland

Treatments offered at Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery Center

Blog Posts and Articles

Combining the Best Diets

In the past I have written about the Zone Diet, which has been my personal dietary pathway for about 16 years and has served me well. I have found that this diet plan simply follows principles of eating healthy foods in the right proportions and at each meal, and it would serve us all well as would most other diets offered today if you have the personal discipline to do this. I recently wrote in Tidewater Women about the need to maintain an alkaline pH in your body, mostly by...

Aging: State of Science

There is information available everywhere about every aspect of the aging process. From the news media, we have reports of how healthy certain foods such as “low-fat,” high protein, increased omega-3’s, whole grain foods, and many others listed can be of help to us in improving the aging process. Government agencies such as the NIA (National Institute of Aging) are wonderful sources of information because of the research that is being funded by this and other groups. ...

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What Do I Use First Retin-A or Night Cream?

If a patient's skin has become acclimated to their retinoid, I instruct them to begin using it every other night or every third night. Some people use... READ MORE

Restylane Vs. Fat Grafting for Under Eye Hollows?

Fat grafting involves taking live fat cells, protecting and processing them, and re-injecting or placing them in an area where more fat or bulk is... READ MORE

Had Ptosis Surgery Four Years Ago Lid Are Drooping Again Why? Should I Have Another Surgery Will It Last?

Eyelid ptosis surgery is usually performed by suturing the aponeurosis of the levator muscle to the tarsal plate. Sometimes a patient's tissue is so... READ MORE

Blepharoplasty or Filler in the Tear Trough?

Fat transfer, fat grafting, fat injections, and structural fat grafting are basically the same. This involves taking live fat cells, protecting and... READ MORE

Around What Age Do Sun or Age Spots Appear?

Congratulations! You are so young, and yet you are taking such good care of your skin by making sure you have on adequate sunscreen every day. You... READ MORE

How Much Time Does It Take for Retin-A to Be Fully Absorbed?

Pretty much right away. Most people do not notice the effect for about 4-5 days though. When I am recommending this product, I usually warn the... READ MORE

Does It Matter What Strength Retin-a to Use Under Eyes for Wrinkles?

Using Retin-A under the eyes takes patience as this tissue is delicate. The skin in that area will swell and wrinkle more while the skin adjusts.... READ MORE

Retinol Creams in the Eye Area?

Yes, retinol creams are good to use around the eye, but care must be taken. What you will notice around your eyes when using a retinoid is that there... READ MORE

Tummy Tuck Totally Confused After Two Consultations? (photo)

In regards to the differences in the approach of two or more plastic surgeons, this is frequently seen because different surgeons have different... READ MORE

Fat Transfer, Fat Grafting, Fat Repositioning, Fat Injections? What is the Difference?

Fat transfer, fat grafting, fat injections, and structural fat grafting are basically the same. This involves taking live fat cells, protecting and... READ MORE

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*Your results may vary. Any specific claims or permanence length of results vary for each patient and are not guaranteed.