Dr. Kara Criswell

As the daughter of a surgeon, Dr. Kara Kane Criswell understood the demands of a career in medicine from a very early age. She developed a deep respect for the life-altering results achieved by the surgical specialties. This admiration and understanding led her to pursue a career in surgery. Dr. Criswell’s love of her profession fosters a positive and pleasant environment. As one of the few female plastic surgeons in the country and a Charlotte magazine Top Doctor, Dr. Criswell offers her patients a uniquely feminine perspective. Her sensitivity and warmth promote the development of an open and relaxed relationship with her patients.

Since she was a child, Dr. Criswell has been an artist, concentrating specifically on portraiture. This focus sharpened her observational and problem-solving skills, and instilled a fine attention to detail. Dr. Criswell applies her artistic talent and meticulous method to her surgical technique and patient care. Schedule a consultation today with one of the best plastic surgeons in North Carolina

The Field of plastic surgery provides the perfect combination of my two passions, surgery and art.
- Dr. Kara Criswell


Dr. Criswell received her college degree with a major in both studio art and biology with a pre-medical emphasis. She then attended medical school, followed by five years of general surgery training. Dr. Criswell then completed a plastic surgery fellowship dedicated to both cosmetic and reconstructive surgery. In her practice, Dr. Criswell offers a comprehensive range of cosmetic and reconstructive surgery procedures. She performs state-of-the-art surgical and non-surgical procedures, personalizing every treatment to the individual. She understands that each of her patients has different needs, desires and goals and she tailors her practice to cater to every patient.

Dr. Criswell has served as the Chairman of the Department of Plastic Surgery at Presbyterian Hospital in Charlotte, NC for over 8 years. She is active in reconstructive and cosmetic surgery and is a leader in the community, through her community volunteering with Charlotte Breast Friends and her position as Chairman of the Department of Plastic Surgery. Dr. Criswell is a strong advocate for breast cancer patients and survivors.

Dr. Criswell and her husband, Dr. Bryan Criswell, live in the SouthPark area of Charlotte, North Carolina with their sons, Jack and Wyatt. The four of them like to take walks together with their three dogs an English Mastiff Ozzy, and two English Bulldogs Otis and Tallulah. They also love to enjoy the many great Charlotte restaurants. Her other hobbies include rock climbing, scuba diving, and sculpting.

Top Doctors 2023

Charlotte magazine cover

Dr. Bryan Criswell has been named by Charlotte Magazine as Top Doctor 2023

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Top Doctors 2022

Charlotte magazine cover

Dr. Kara Criswell has been named by Charlotte Magazine as Top Doctor 2022

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Top Doctors 2021

Charlotte magazine cover

Dr. Kara Criswell has been named by Charlotte Magazine as Top Doctor 2021

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Top Doctors 2020

Charlotte Healthy Escapes magazine cover

Dr. Kara Criswell has been nominated by Charlotte Magazine as Top Doctor 2020

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Top Doctors 2018

Charlotte Healthy Escapes magazine cover

Dr. Kara Criswell has been nominated by Charlotte Magazine as Top Doctor 2018

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Board Certifications & Licenses

  • Best Plastic Surgeons in North Carolina
  • Best Plastic Surgeon in NC

Dr. Criswell is board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and is a licensed physician by the North Carolina Medical Board.

Professional Associations & Societies

Hospital Appointments & Affiliations

  • Carolinas Medical Center, Associate, Department of Surgical Specialties, Section of Plastic Surgery
  • Carolinas Medical Center Mercy, Associate, Department of Surgical Specialties, Section of Plastic Surgery
  • Presbyterian Novant Matthews, Division of Plastic Surgery
  • Ballantyne Surgery Center, Presbyterian Novant, Division of Plastic Surgery
  • Chairman of the Department of Plastic Surgery, Presbyterian Novant Charlotte


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Practice Policy Update Regarding COVID-19

Your health, safety, and wellbeing is our top priority.

Our office is open, and we are excited to be providing you with select services! Criswell & Criswell Plastic Surgery is leading the way in Charlotte and the South East region with our cutting edge technology, and continued safety measures We appreciate the trust you place in us and wish to assure you we are addressing the COVID-19 outbreak at the highest level to continue to ensure you enjoy an exceptional experience.

Criswell & Criswell Plastic Surgery is committed to taking proactive precautions, grounded in science, to provide the highest level of quality care to our patients. In addition to our already stringent policies, our office has implemented strict protocols and procedures based on the recommendations of The American Society of Plastic Surgery, the American College of Surgeons, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Service Task Force, and the CDC. All staff members and surgical patients have tested negative for COVID-19 meaning our Quad A certified surgical suite is among the safest centers in the region.

We strive to consistently provide you with cutting edge technology for an exceptional patient experience. Our practice offers virtual consultations which you can enjoy in the comfort of your own home. Our virtual consultation process ensures you have ample time to have your questions answered and spend time getting to know your physician. You can also enjoy full access to your skincare specialist, nurses, and Patient Coordinators through virtual visits.

We know everyone is very busy and your time is valuable. Our in-person visits are designed with you in mind to keep your wait times short, and your in-room time effective and focused on your goals so we can get you back to your life.

We are privileged to serve you at Criswell & Criswell Plastic Surgery and are here to support you during these uncertain times.

Sincerely and with warm regards,

Bryan K. Criswell M.D., F.A.C.S.
Kara K. Criswell M.D., F.A.C.S.

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