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

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Leo R. McCafferty, M.D., F.A.C.S. is a plastic surgeon certified by The American Board of Plastic Surgery, the only Board recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties for the practice of plastic surgery of the face and the entire body. Meet Dr. McCafferty »

How to Choose a Cosmetic Surgeon

Aesthetic cosmetic surgery can change the way you look and feel about yourself. But like any other type of surgery, quality surgery must be performed by a qualified, certified professional. So how can you make an informed choice about your surgical care? There are three important points to look for.

  • 1 Make sure your surgeon is board certified. The American Board of Plastic Surgery is the only Board recognized by the American Medical Association's Board of Medical Specialists in the practice of plastic surgery on the entire body. This means surgeons certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery have received the extensive and required surgical training in their specialty.
  • 2 If you're going to have a procedure done in an office setting, make sure your surgeon is also certified to perform the same surgery in a hospital setting. This ensures your surgeon's credentials have been approved and verified by a recognized credentialing body.
  • 3 Check the credentials of your surgeon and find out where he or she trained, what kind of training was received and in which procedures. By understanding the background and credentials of your cosmetic surgeon, you empower yourself to make an educated decision.

Is Cosmetic Surgery Right for You?

Why cosmetic surgery? For men and women of any age, it can improve how you feel about yourself, but it's a choice that requires careful thought, realistic expectations and professional support. Before you decide to have cosmetic surgery, you may wish to ask yourself the following:

  • What do I expect cosmetic surgery to accomplish?
  • Do I fully understand the risks, benefits and alternatives to the procedures that interest me?
  • Am I doing this for myself or someone else?
  • Have I researched the credentials of my prospective surgeon and the surgical facilty?

If you're a good candidate for cosmetic surgery, you should educate yourself on what can be realistically accomplished through a procedure—and your Board Certified cosmetic surgeon can work with you to develop logical benchmarks for those expectations. We're here to answer all of your questions.

Our Approach

At the office of Leo R. McCafferty, M.D., F.A.C.S., we treat every patient with the dignity and confidentiality they deserve. We work with patients to help understand their needs. We make recommendations based on the latest, proven techniques and years of specialized medical knowledge. We take the time to help patients understand the benefits and risks of every procedure and set realistic goals. We care about our patient's well-being from the very first consultation, all the way through the post-operative recovery period and beyond. And we recognize that there are other excellent alternatives to surgery. A consultation will help you discover the options that might be right for you.