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Pittsburgh, PA 15232

Body Procedures

Today's options for body contouring are as varied as the human body itself. To determine the best options for your specific needs, we perform discreet, professional consultations, guided by a thorough exam and clinical photographs.



Are you at, or near, your ideal weight, but have localized areas of fat that simply don't seem to respond to diet and exercise? Then liposuction may be an appropriate solution for you.

Liposuction is designed to treat localized areas of fat on the body, face or neck that are out of proportion to the rest of the body, and is performed by liquefying the fat in the surgical area. This can be done using the "tumescent" or "super wet" technique, the ultrasound technique, or a combination of the two. Once the fat is broken down, a small suction tube called a "cannula" removes the fat.

Just remember, liposuction should not be intended as a substitute for dieting and exercise, and it will not dramatically tighten the skin or improve "cellulite."

The areas women most commonly have treated are the inner/outer thighs, hips, abdomen and occasionally the knees, calves and ankles. Men more commonly have the abdomen, "love handles" and occasionally the chest treated by liposuction. One popular procedure among both men and women, however, is liposuction of the neck. This technique quickly improves the "double chin."


Tummy Tuck

A tummy tuck, also called "abdominoplasty," treats excess loose or sagging abdominal skin, fat and the separation or weakening of abdominal muscles that commonly occur after pregnancy, substantial weight loss, a C-section or hysterectomy. If you're in relatively good shape, or slightly overweight but have redundant, loose abdominal skin either with or without excess fat, a tummy tuck may be the solution for you.

Abdominoplasty is performed by making a horizontal incision just within or above the pubic area, but below the underwear line. The abdominal wall muscle and lax abdominal skin are tightened, and the excess skin and fat are "trimmed away" in the process. The length of the incision depends on how much excess skin and fat need to be removed. An abdominoplasty requires a small additional incision around the belly button.

The mini tummy tuck generally requires no belly button scar and a shortened scar just above the pubic area. Sometimes a mini tummy tuck, combined with liposuction, is all that is needed to improve the appearance of your abdomen.

Careful examination and discussion with Dr. McCafferty is critical to understanding your needs, goals and ensuring you'll receive the best possible results.


Arm Lift

An arm lift, also called "brachioplasty," is a body contouring procedure used to treat the exceedingly droopy or hanging skin of the upper arms most commonly found in individuals who have lost a considerable amount of weight.

While an arm lift can significantly improve the appearance of the arm, this procedure will create a scar that typically runs along the inside of the arm from the armpit, or "axilla," to the elbow. The incision may stop short of the elbow depending on how much extra skin needs to be removed.

Liposuction of the arm, which leaves a minimal scar, may be an alternative to treat an arm that does not have excessive skin laxity.

Thigh Lift

Thigh Lift

A thigh lift treats the excessive hanging skin of the thigh and is more commonly performed in patients who have undergone massive weight loss.

The procedure generally involves creating an incision high in the groin, and may also require a vertical incision to be made along the inside of the leg. The extent of the incision depends on the amount of excess skin.

Belt Dermolipectomy

Belt Dermolipectomy

Belt Dermolipectomy is a circumferential body contouring procedure that removes excess skin from the entire body at the waist. Like arm lifts and thigh lifts, this procedure is most commonly performed in people that have significant loose hanging skin due to massive weight loss.

Belt Dermolipectomy is similar to a tummy tuck, but the incision is carried from the front of the body, around the sides, and connects at the mid-portion at the back.

Mommy Makeover

Mommy Makeover

A “Mommy Makeover” refers to a number of procedures designed to help women restore their figure after child birth. The term risks trivializing this important issue for many women but, nevertheless, is pervasive and warrants clarification. The procedures address changes that occur to a women’s breasts, abdomen, hips, and occasionally thighs. Breast procedures vary according to the problem but can include a breast augmentation, breastlift (mastopexy) or combination to restore shape and volume. Occasionally a breast lift with reduction of breast tissue is necessary. The abdomen may need a full tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) which also repairs the core abdominal wall muscles that can become stretched or damaged with pregnancy. Often only a mini-tummy tuck (mini-abdominoplasy) is needed and is frequently the procedure of choice in women with a small amount of skin excess overlying a C-section scar. The mother's figure can further be restored if needed with Lipouction to portions of the abdomen, hips, and occasionally outer and inner thighs. Often a nonsurgical body contouring procedure such as CoolSculpting can be an appropriate. adjunct to the overall treatment plan.

Dr. McCafferty feels that any Mommy Makeover should also incorporate a healthy lifestyle plan including skin care, nutrition, and exercise.



A labiaplasty is a safe, quick, effective procedure designed to treat redundant labia (the inner lips of the vagina). This problem can exist in women who have not had children but also can be exacerbated by childbirth. The redundant labia can cause pain with walking, bike riding, exercising, and sexual intercourse. Labiaplasty can reduce this redundancy relieving the symptoms symptoms and improving the appearance of the vagina. This procedure is an outpatient procedure done in our surgery center under local anesthesia with IV sedation.



CoolSculpting is a FDA cleared non-invasive procedure that uses cooling technology to noticeably eliminate fat without surgery. Dr. McCafferty will determine if you are a good candidate and work with you to determine the best treatment plan during a one-on-one consultation.

CoolSculpting works best on those who are within 20 pounds of their target weight and enjoy an active lifestyle. It is not a silver bullet for obesity, or a substitute for surgical methods such as liposuction; it's a solution for reclaiming the slimmer version of yourself when diet and exercise aren't enough.

Using a technology developed by Harvard scientists, CoolSculpting targets and freezes fat cells causing their natural death in the treatment area. It's completely non-invasive so there is no cutting, no needles and no anesthesia. Patients typically read, work on their laptops, listen to music or relax during the procedure

Now offering shorter treatment time and greater patient comfort! With a wide range of applicators, optimized to fit different body shapes and sizes, more areas are now treatable. Treatment areas include:

  • Double chin
  • Arms
  • Abdomen
  • Hips/waist
  • Muffin top
  • Back fat
  • Inner and outer thigh area
  • Bra area
  • Knees
  • Axilla puff

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