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The Real Price of Medical Tourism

Wednesday, November 28th, 2018

Medical tourism– visiting a country in order to take advantage of lower cost surgery options. While this might seem like a smart choice for your wallet, it may not be the wisest move in some other, very important ways. This Weekly Dose of Beauty article discusses the dangers of medical tourism– not only to your health but to your legal rights as a patient traveling overseas. Find out why the price of your surgery may be more than you bargained for.

Breast Augmentation Options: When Confused, Lean on the Plastic Surgeon’s Expertise

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014

In this brief video through RealSelf, Dr. Leo R. McCafferty discusses how a knowledgable plastic surgeon can help a breast augmentation patient understand her options and choose the right procedure for her.

A Pittsburgh Plastic Surgery First, with CoolSmooth Treatment

Tuesday, July 8th, 2014

Another first for Pittsburgh is here!

We’re very excited to announce, the office of Pittsburgh plastic surgeon Dr. Leo McCafferty has become the first cosmetic surgery practice in the region to offer the CoolSmooth treatment for that stubborn fat (sometimes referred to as “saddle bags”) on the outer thigh.

Now FDA approved, this treatment is an element of the CoolSculpting procedure, in which the fat cells are actually cooled, causing them to gradually die and fade away.

According to Dr. McCafferty’s clinical esthetician Jennifer Derry, “The treatment usually results in a 20 to 30 percent fat reduction. Further, there is no down time and no incision.”

The treatment lasts about two hours and, depending on the patient, may take more than one treatment.

While the procedure is generally targeted to women, it is also available for men.

“CoolSculpting itself,” noted Dr. McCafferty, “has been in use for the past two years and has been geared to treat love handles and the abdomen in both women and men. Clients, in general, have been thrilled with the results.”

For more information on how CoolSmooth treatment could help you, or to schedule a personalized consultation, contact our office at: 1-412-687-2100

Men and Plastic Surgery: Confidence, Compliance and Couples Support

Thursday, October 27th, 2011

Recent statistics have shown a substantial increase in the number of men seeking cosmetic surgery, and we see this trend in our practice, too. So you might be wondering, why is plastic surgery suddenly so popular among men?

Cosmetic surgery has become more common for both men and women due to the safety, effectiveness, and the reduced downtime of today’s procedures. With so many women  these days choosing to have procedures, at-home discussions of the topic often lead the male in the couple to address the cosmetic issues that concern him, as well.

There’s no question, the workforce is getting older and more people expect to push back their retirement plans. As a result, cosmetic procedures have become an effective solution for executives who want to retain a fresher and more youthful image.

Typically these men say they still feel energetic, but they want to look as vital as they feel. So some choose fillers to help plump up the areas where facial deflation may have occurred. Some undergo eyelift procedures to remove the excess upper eyelid skin that can cause a tired look. Some may want to address the bags underneath the eyes, which can also cause a person to look tired. And some men seek help in the neck and jowl area, choosing a lower face or neck lift. Every procedure is tailored toward the specific needs of the patient.

Younger men tend to come into our practice with different concerns. These are usually healthy males in good shape, but who have trouble points in the body they would like to correct. For instance, some have love handles or lower abdomens that don’t respond to diet and exercise; for them liposuction may be the right choice. Another man might choose rhinoplasty or chin augmentation to add greater balance to the face.

Male patients offer a separate set of considerations from our female patients. For facial rejuvenation procedures, we must take into account where the man’s beard lies, where his sideburns are, and ask ourselves: what is the pattern of his hair?

Male patients also tend to do a lot of research before they come to us. They know what they want, so it becomes our job to slow them down, discuss their needs, go over the risks and benefits in detail, and point them in the direction that truly suits them.

And for those couples that do exercise together, travel together, and even choose cosmetic surgery as part of their individual self-improvement, there is a benefit to all this togetherness. The shared research, compared notes, and overall experience help make each personal consultation and individual examination that much more of a success.

Are you or your partner considering cosmetic surgery? Contact us today for a personalized consultation.

New Video!: Plastic Surgery and the Breast Augmentation Process

Friday, March 25th, 2011

In the third of our informative new videos, Dr. Leo McCafferty discusses how patients are evaluated for breast augmentation, and what they can expect from the process. He also gives tips on what to look for in a plastic surgeon skilled in breast augmentation.

New Video!: Breast Augmentation- Why a Professional Consultation is So Important

Wednesday, March 16th, 2011

In our new video, Dr. Leo McCafferty discusses how– while it’s great to do your own research regarding a potential breast augmentation procedure– successful breast augmentation surgery is customized, and nothing replaces the understanding gained from a private consultation with an American Board certified plastic surgeon.

New Video!- Breast Augmentation, Implants and Cancer Risk

Friday, March 11th, 2011

Check out our new video, where Dr. Leo McCafferty explains why breast augmentation patients not only don’t show an increased risk of developing breast cancer, they may be more involved in their breast health than women without implants.

Relief and Rejuvenation through Breast Reduction

Tuesday, September 28th, 2010

For many women, the weight and strain of life is a very literal one, and the cause is heavy breasts. They can bring discomfort to the shoulders and back, affecting posture and even self-esteem.

The good news is that breast reduction is one of the most satisfying procedures in plastic surgery. Customized breast reductions have helped women of all ages feel more comfortable and look slimmer.

What is breast reduction and who are the typical candidates?

There are many different types of breast reductions, but in general, breast reduction is a surgical procedure that removes excess tissue from the breast, to lift and shape it. This helps reduce weight from the shoulders and the neck.

Sometimes a patient has breasts that are disproportionate to her figure, making her look heavier than she is. Sometimes the patient’s breasts have grown and deflated through pregnancy and, now with finished child-bearing, she would like to improve their shape and increase their lift. Lastly, sometimes a patient has gained weight as she’s aged, causing her breasts to grow heavier and drop; this can put additional strain on the joints, particularly for those suffering from osteoporosis.

Our Breast Reduction Process

We begin by understanding each patient’s breast history and by performing a thorough physical examination. Depending on a patient’s age and family history, we may request the patient have a pre-operative mammogram.

Then through pamphlets, diagrams and charts, we will review the different types of breast reductions available to the patient. We take photographs of the patient before the procedure, to demonstrate how we will reduce the breasts and lift them.

We also educate the patient– discussing the scars associated with breast reduction. There will be a scar around the areola, a vertical scar down to the crease of the breast and sometimes a scar in the natural crease, hidden by the breast. While these scars typically heal well and fade, there is always a risk of a poor scar, and patients must be aware of it in advance. As always, we use our surgical expertise to help minimize any scarring.

Swift Recovery with Little Discomfort

Patients who have undergone breast reduction recover quickly and with minimal discomfort.

For the first week, patients should avoid heaving lifting, making any extreme arm motions, and should simply concentrate on recovery. But after a week, most patients are back to their normal day-to-date activities, and by the second week, they can begin less strenuous exercise, such as low impact aerobics, the stationary bike, or elliptical training. By week three, patients are typically back to their normal exercise routines.

For patients with heavy, drooped breasts, why suffer with physical discomfort when breast reduction can be a highly effective way to improve your figure and lighten the stresses your neck, back and shoulders experience every day.

Contact us to day for a private consultation, and find out how we can assist you.

Rhinoplasty Using Today’s Technology

Friday, August 13th, 2010

What’s the latest in rhinoplasty (“nose job” procedures) and how has rhinoplasty changed over the years? Plastic surgeon Dr. Leo McCafferty explains in this informative YouTube video.