Shadyside Place
580 S. Aiken Avenue, Suite 530
Pittsburgh, PA 15232


Posts Tagged ‘liposuction’

Body Contouring and Bouncing Back from Baby

Friday, November 3rd, 2017

We all expect some serious changes when a new baby comes into our lives. But some of these changes–like the physical ones associated with giving birth–can feel frustrating as your body takes this time to recover. Body contouring, however, can help improve those trouble areas that don’t easily bounce back post-baby. In this Weekly Dose of Beauty, find out how procedures like tummy tucks and non-invasive treatments like CoolSculpting can give you a lift–literally–when you need it.

Finding New Value in Fat Cells

Monday, August 22nd, 2016


We’re heading toward harvest season. But the harvest we talk about in this Weekly Dose of Beauty is not the kind you’d expect. Fat harvesting is increasingly being used as an effective way to plump areas that normally would require fillers. Find out how it’s done, what it can do, how it compares to fillers and why you might just start looking at those trouble areas a little differently.

The Hot Info on CoolSculpting

Wednesday, September 30th, 2015


Check out this week’s Weekly Dose of Beauty article, and get the skinny on CoolSculpting, the nonsurgical FDA-approved procedure that freezes and eliminates fat cells, working to contour your body without surgery or downtime.

Coolsculpting is available here at our offices. Call us today for a consultation and find out if you would be a good candidate.

Waist Training: Celebrities, Silhouettes and Safety

Wednesday, August 12th, 2015

photo_tummy_tuckAll the celebrities are using them and they’re trending at the moment, but are waist trainers safe? And what is the difference between waist training and body contouring? In our Weekly Dose of Beauty, get the whole skinny.

For information on how we can help you with your body contouring questions, contact us for a consultation.

The Skinny on Liposuction: Separating Facts from Fiction

Monday, March 1st, 2010

You hear a lot about liposuction in the media today, whether it’s on television, in magazines or on the Web. But more information isn’t necessarily better information.

At the offices of Dr. Leo McCafferty, we’re here to help you separate the rumors from reality— and the facts from fiction— about liposuction. Check out some of these common liposuction rumors and get the credible information you need to better understand this innovative procedure, and what it could mean to you.

FICTION: “Liposuction is a great way to lose weight quickly.”

FACT: Liposuction isn’t meant to be a substitution for diet and exercise. Liposuction is a way to treat areas of fat in the body that simply do not respond to diet and exercise. Liposuction is typically done in healthy patients that are already in relatively good shape, but who have trouble spots which are out of proportion with the rest of the body– like the outer thigh/saddlebag area, the lower abdomen or the hips.

If a patient is generally overweight, we at the offices of Dr. Leo McCafferty won’t offer that patient liposuction. Instead, we’ll offer them a nutritional consultation and work with their primary care physician to make sure the patient is a proper candidate for liposuction. Perhaps diet and exercise are the answer. And we’ll guide the patient toward the right, more conservative option, before considering a surgical solution.

FICTION: “If you remove fat from one part of the body using liposuction, it will just come back elsewhere on the body.”

FACT: Most healthy people fluctuate five or ten pounds over the course of the year over a lifetime. And for these people, liposuction acts as a quite permanent solution to unwanted areas of fat. This means fat liposuctioned from the thighs will not typically show up later in the patient’s breasts. And fat removed from the lower abdomen won’t show up later in the upper abdomen, and so on.

FICTION: “Once you’ve had liposuction, you can eat whatever you want. You don’t need to worry about diet and exercise.”

FACT: Liposuction isn’t a free ticket to eat whatever you want, avoid exercise and otherwise abuse your body. Continuing with a healthy diet, and regular exercise following liposuction is a great way to retain the shape you want. Liposuction works, but it has to be part of an overall healthy lifestyle.

FICTION: “This new liposuction technique worked for my friend, so it’s the right choice for me!”

FACT: There are so many different types of liposuction these days— tumescent, super-wet, SmartLipo™, and magic lipo, among others. But when it comes to liposuction, it’s not the name attached to the procedure or the wand itself, but the surgeon waving the wand that ensures a successful procedure. That’s why you should discuss the different types of liposuction with your plastic surgeon, find out the benefits and drawbacks of each, and work together to determine the right type for you. Remember, what’s right for one patient, isn’t necessarily ideal for another.

FICTION: “Liposuction is a painful procedure requiring a lot downtime.”

FACT: Believe it or not, liposuction isn’t a painful procedure. Patients can expect some bruising, but recovery is swift, and patients can generally be back to exercising within a week.

FICTION: “Once you have liposuction, the results are instantaneous.”

FACT: While there is some instant gratification with liposuction, the real results of the procedure take patience. You will notice a difference when you first remove the garment dressing 48 hours after surgery, of course. But over the next year, as the healing process continues, that’s when you’ll see the liposuction really take effect. The swelling will go down, the contours will soften and the shape will fine-tune. We’ve taken photos of patients during their follow-up visits throughout the year, and you’d be amazed at the subtle differences that take place over time.

FICTION:  “Liposuction is an extremely dangerous procedure.”

FACT: Liposuction is surgery, and therefore should be taken seriously. But if performed by an accredited, state-licensed, American Board of Plastic Surgery facility, by a surgeon who has the credentials to do the procedure in both a hospital and in-office, then liposuction can be very safe.

To learn more about whether liposuction might be right for you– and to get the facts on any liposuction questions or concerns you might have– contact the offices of Dr. Leo McCafferty for a personal consultation.

Tummy Tucks: Flat Stomach, Smooth Process

Wednesday, October 7th, 2009

You’ve exercised. You’re down to your ideal weight. And you still haven’t achieved that tight, flat stomach you imagined.

But there are a number of procedures available— from full and mini-tummy tucks to liposuction— that can help you tighten that tricky mid-section and get the slim, smooth look you want.

Abdominoplasty—better known as a “tummy tuck”— flattens the abdomen by tightening the lax skin and muscles of the abdominal wall. These may have become less taut as a result of childbirth, weight gain and loss, abdominal surgeries, and other factors.

A mini-tummy tuck, with or without liposuction, can be very useful for individuals with the small horizontal scars of C-sections or hysterectomies. These operations sometimes heal so that the skin overhangs the scar, creating a seamed, uneven appearance, which can be readily smoothed with this “mini” procedure.

Whether you would benefit from a full tummy tuck, a mini-tummy tuck– or other options, such as liposuction— depends on factors including the amount of fat currently within the abdominal region, the skin itself, your muscle tone, the length of any scarred incisions, and more. A mini-tummy tuck, for instance, doesn’t address the upper abdomen or the muscles below the navel, while both mini- and full tummy tucks remove only a small amount of fat from the body; for more than this, liposuction might be the preferred option. A personal consultation can help decide.

If our consultation determines abdominoplasty is the right choice for you, the procedure is done taking particular care to prevent scarring. This includes education on everything from scar massage to choosing the right sunscreen.

Recovery from abdominoplasty takes just two to three weeks. During this time, you can resume much of your day-to-day schedule, though it’s important to avoid heavy lifting and other strenuous activities, to give your procedure the opportunity to heal.

We’ll see you in our offices at least once in the first week to make sure your procedure is healing smoothly. At three weeks, you can begin a limited exercise routine. Then, by six weeks, you can typically resume your normal exercises, restriction-free.

At the offices of Dr. Leo McCafferty, we respect the differences in our patients, and recognize that no two cases are alike. Through a personal consultation, we get to know your history, understand your goals, perform a physical consultation and present the many alternatives available to you. Let us help you discover the procedure best designed for your body and for you. Contact us today.