About Dr. Gear

Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery located in Charlotte, NC


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Heritage

For better and for worse, family molds who we are. Dr. Gear comes from a long lineage of professors and physicians. Medicine is literally in his blood. His great, great grandfather was an Obstetrician in Scotland. His great grandfather, Sir William Leishman, a Scottish infectious disease doctor, discovered (and named) a tropical, parasitic disease transmitted by sandflies, Leishmaniasis. His grandfather, Dr. Harry Gear, co-founded the World Health Organization. His own father, educated at Oxford University, emigrated to the United States in 1965 for a professorship in Biochemistry at the University of Virginia. Dr. Gear was born and raised just up the road from Charlotte in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Professional

From kindergarten through medical school, Dr. Gear was educated in Charlottesville, including undergraduate studies and medical school at the prestigious University of Virginia. While a medical student, Dr. Gear spent an extra year in a coveted research fellowship under the tutelage of Dr. Richard Edlich, Md/PhD. During that year, he was involved in the basic science of burns and wounds, including the synthesis of a new formulation of Silvadene cream for burn care. Based on Dr. Edlich’s suggestions, he journeyed to the University of Minnesota for initial training in General Surgery followed by a three-year plastic surgery research fellowship where he studied among other things the genetics of familial keloids. He then underwent a three-year plastic surgery residency at the University of Minnesota (most plastics programs are only two years). This was followed by 6 months fellowship in Craniofacial/pediatric plastic surgery and a 6-month cosmetic fellowship in Los Angeles, California.

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Aesthetic Values

Dr. Gear’s practice philosophy focuses on artistic, tasteful changes in a patient’s body that create a greater sense of well-being, wholeness and joy. The body and soul are an integrated whole, and when someone looks better, they invariably feel better. Like his own father, Dr. Gear remains an inquisitive scientist and is actively involved in clinical studies and writing including the testing and development of an alternative pocket irrigation solution for breast implants. He was the first plastic surgeon in North Carolina to adopt Enhanced recovery protocols to improve patient safety and outcomes in the outpatient setting. He was the first surgeon in the greater Charlotte area to use the IDEAL IMPLANT® for breast augmentation. Dr. Gear never stays still when it comes to learning new techniques in Plastic Surgery. All the techniques he currently uses are NOT what he learned during training if that says anything! His whole practice is born out of a constant pursuit of innovation and excellence.

Personal

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Dr. Gear has been married to his trophy wife Heather since 2004, and they have three beautiful children, Hannah, Julia and Daniel. They have co-labored at Providence Plastic Surgery since its inception. Dr. Gear had a Damascus Road experience in 1991 and gave his life to Christ with African American Pentecostals as his chaperones. He has been following Him ever since and is the foundation of all that he is and does. Dr. Gear has a passion for medical missions, and has been to Kenya, Guatemala, Peru and China. He also enjoys having church at home with Heather and the kids.

Dr. Gear has a long list of hobbies and passions, including coffee, wine tasting, the outdoors and gardening, tennis, music (in the form of audiophilia or stereo equipment), reading, writing, thinking, philosophizing, and debating. Dr. Gear has been an active hobbyist photographer since the 1980s, an art form he learned from his father. It is a beautiful way of “seeing” that dovetails nicely with plastic surgery. Like his father, Dr. Gear has a photographic memory and is left-handed, both strong traits for the visual and tactile science of plastic surgery. He has the ability to measure things with his eyes and to “know” if a piece of clothing will fit his wife while still in the box (which drives Heather CRAZY).

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If you’ve had children or lost a good deal of weight, odds are your abdomen isn’t what it once was. Loose skin and a little pooch — that’s the usual condition. Why? Because when the skin and connective tissue beneath is stretched, due to pregnancy or weight gain, it can only maintain its ability to …

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Want a Bigger Backside Post-Virus?

We’re all waiting for this dumb virus to move on and to go hang out with the Swine Flu, SARS, the Bird Flu, and all the others that have come and gone before it. At least the end is in sight. Speaking of ends, would you like a shapelier backside for the post-COVID beach and …

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Give Unwanted Fat the Hoover Treatment

Whether you live in Charlotte or Charlevoix, odds are you have pockets of accumulated fat that is more stubborn than a 2-year-old throwing a tantrum in the cookie aisle of Harris Teeter. No matter what you do — a thousand crunches or submitting to the rice cake diet — the fat just keeps keepin’ on. …

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Providence Plastic Surgery Despite Being A Year to Forget, We Honor Our Top Patients

There isn’t a single person out there who will be sad when they take the 2020 calendar off the wall. It doesn’t deserve recycling; it deserves to be burned. We’re all looking forward to the New Year and an end to two things: this stubborn virus and the endless blather of the election. At Providence …

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There Isn’t a Fountain of Youth, but There is an Art to Aging

Ponce de Leon was ahead of his time. Sure he, like all of his fellow explorers, had lots of sun damage on their faces from being out all day every day on the water. But he wasn’t OK with just looking like a leather armchair — he made it his life’s mission to find a …

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October Trick or Treatment

At Providence, Dr. Gear and our whole team like to have special events most months. Sometimes the blogs announcing the month’s events cannot be posted in time to take advantage of everything, but we try and get the word out on our Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter feeds as well. So, what do we have going …

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MY CRUSADE AGAINST THE DIAPER BUTT

Parents are all familiar with the dreaded “diaper butt”.  It’s not an attractive sight.  Imagine if you were an adult, and you spent thousands of dollars on liposuction and fat grafting of the buttocks or Brazilian Buttlifting (BBL) only to achieve a similar aesthetic.  In BBL culture, a diaper butt is the pejorative term for …

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September is for Mom at Providence

Being a Mom is tough work. You don’t have to tell that the woman in the candy aisle at Harris Teeter watching with a certain amount of detached disdain as her two-year-old rolls about on the floor in full tantrum mode after being denied the demanded box of Sour Patch Kids. And it’s tough on …

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September Moms Are the Thing

At Providence Plastic Surgery & Skin Center, we like to celebrate different things every month because…why not? One month, it could be how to make your skin look its best with treatments like a HydraFacial MD. Another it’s body contouring. Another it’s Mom’s Morning Out. In line with that on September 12 we’re going to …

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Cool Off Your Fat this Summer

Summer in Charlotte can get a little sweaty. But at Providence Plastic Surgery & Skin Center, we’re all about cool, specifically CoolSculpting. Most people with even a passing interest in the aesthetic industry have heard of CoolSculpting, as the procedure has really taken off due to its results and non-invasive nature. CoolSculpting has been the …

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