Dr. M. Sean Freeman, a facial plastic surgeon and hemangioma specialist in Charlotte, North Carolina since 1988, is one of the few double board-certified, fellowship-trained surgeons who specialize in hemangioma treatment throughout the Southeast. His inquisitive nature and experience allow him to continue to contribute to the knowledge in his chosen field. Dr. Freeman provides a safe, modern approach to hemangioma treatment.
Dr. Freeman is certified by the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and the American Board of Otolaryngology (head and neck surgery). He has practiced hemangioma and facial plastic surgery since 1988. To benefit from Dr. Freeman’s many years of experience, call his office at 704-543-1110 to request a consultation.
Dr. Freeman’s initial interest in the management of hemangiomas and vascular malformations began 1987 with the birth of his second child. She developed hemangiomas of her ear and nose (known as a “Cyrano” nose). He was consistently frustrated with the lack of knowledge in terms of treatment and management that was offered locally and indeed nationally. He made it his mission to learn all he could about the treatment and management of hemangiomas and vascular malformations by taking time off from his then beginning practice and spending time with the hand full of doctors who at that time had similar interests and goals. Over time and at times in collaboration with in particular one physician (Dr. Milton Waner) he developed treatments alternatives that incorporated medical intervention, laser treatments and surgical management of these at times difficult lesions. These initial treatments have been improved over the years. He is now one of the most experienced physicians in the country in the use of ILA (intralesional laser ablation) for the management of hemangiomas and some malformations.
Dr. Freeman has authored many chapters in peer reviewed journals and books in his field. These include book chapters on blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery) and face lift surgery, among others. In 1996, he published one of the first articles on the use of the carbon dioxide laser in the book, Facial Plastics Surgery Clinics of North America.
He was also one of the pioneers of minimal incision techniques and, also in 1996, authored one of the first papers on the subject entitled “The Role of Endoscopy in Facial Plastic Surgery.” Dr. Freeman was the associate editor and contributor to one of the first books published about this new area, entitled “Endoscopic Facial Plastic Surgery,” published by Mosby in 1997. He has authored many other publications on cosmetic lasers and minimal incision techniques.
His published works include areas where he has been a true innovator in his field. In 1997, his publication entitled “Endoscopic Malar Pad Lift” in Facial Plastics Surgery Clinics of North America propelled the ability to improve the results of facelift surgery in the midface. In 2000, Dr. Freeman introduced the “Transconjunctival Lower Lid Blepharoplasy with SOOF,” which described a new technique for improving the results of lower eyelid surgery.
Teacher and Lecturer
Dr. Freeman’s early adoption of minimal incision facial aesthetic surgery and his years of experience have made him a sought-after teacher and lecturer in the United States and overseas. His laser expertise has been recognized by his peers. He is the past Medical Director of Hemangioma Newsline and has taught physicians over the years how to manage children with hemangiomas and vascular malformations.
He helped organize and teach the first several courses on endoscopic surgery given by the American Academy of Facial Plastic Surgery to aid in enlightening their physicians about the nature of minimally invasive facial plastic surgery. His reputation extends overseas as well in this area of facial plastic surgery having been a guest lecturer on endoscopic facial plastic surgery in Germany and Spain.
His innovative new techniques have also made him a valued speaker. He has taught multiple courses in the USA as well as Europe on his novel approach to improving the appearance of the lower lid and midface: the Transconjunctival Lower Lid Blepharoplasy with SOOF.