We provide a unique plastic surgery experience with a facial plastic surgeon, Dr Adam Becker, who specializes in cosmetic facial plastic surgery and a plastic surgeon, Dr Karl Schwarz, who specializes cosmetic and reconstructive surgery of the breast and body. Glow Plastic Surgery is conveniently located near I-540 on Falls of Neuse Road and is home to a full operating suite where all cosmetic procedures are performed. We provide a high standard of care with exquisite attention to all details of the surgery as well as pre and postoperative care in a comfortable and relaxed environment.
Dr. Schwarz excelled academically and athletically in high school at a private boy's preparatory school in Vancouver, BC, and began his college education with the goal of becoming an engineer. However, it was his father's cancer physician, a kind, compassionate and brilliant hematologist who encouraged Dr. Schwarz to pursue a career in medicine. Initially Dr. Schwarz considered a career in hematology and cancer research when he began medical school in Canada in 1993, but was drawn to surgery during his early years. However, it was during a rotation with a plastic surgeon when he saw a young child have his cleft lip repaired that he knew plastic surgery would be his calling. Since completing his plastic surgery training at Duke University in 2007, Dr. Schwarz has been in private practice, and now devotes his practice to Breast and Body. Approximately 60% of his practice involves surgery of the breast including breast augmentation, breast lift, breast lift with implants, breast reduction, as well as revisional breast surgery for women who have problems with their implants (symmastia, rippling, recurrent ptosis, implant hardening, implant rupture, implant malposition, capsular contracture). In addition Dr. Schwarz treats women with breast cancer performing oncoplastic reconstruction, fat grafting as well reconstruction with tissue expanders and implants and flaps. Dr. Schwarz also treats women with congenital breast problems arising from Pectus Excavatum, Tuberous Breast Deformity, Poland Syndrome or cases of asymmetry. Dr. Schwarz also performs reconstruction on patients who have suffered traumatic injury to their breasts and performs male breast reduction surgery (gynecomastia) Dr. Schwarz's other focus is cosmetic and reconstructive surgery of the Body. Dr. Schwarz performs traditional liposuction, and SMARTLipo of the arms, chest, abdomen, bra fat, back fat, flanks, saddlebags, thighs, knees and calves. Sometimes patients who are candidates may also choose to have some of the fat placed in other areas (autologous fat transfer) and undergo fat grafting to the breast or buttocks (Brazilian Butt Augmentation). Dr. Schwarz performs drain-less tummy tucks (abdominoplasty) for cosmetic patients, and also in patients after bariatric surgery or after massive weight loss. For post-bariatric patients Dr. Schwarz also performs arm lifts, (brachioplasty), thigh lifts (medial thigh lift), and body lifts (circumferential belt lipectomy). Dr. Schwarz also treats patients with skin cancer (Basal cell, Squamous cell, Melanoma) by removing the malignant lesions and also reconstructs skin cancer patients undergoing Mohs Micrographic Surgery. Dr. Schwarz dedicates a great deal of time and effort in assisting surgeons at WakeMed Hospital who treat critically injured trauma patients who suffer injury and provides reconstructive services to those suffering from potential limb loss, infection and trauma. Dr. Schwarz has been married for over 20 years and has three teenage boys who attend local Catholic schools and are active in lacrosse, and volunteer activities through the church and local food banks and farms. Dr. Schwarz's philosophy towards patient care is centered around communication both before surgery and afterwards as he believes good communication and trust are the cornerstones of any relationship including a physician-patient relationship.