After 30 years in practice (25 of them in his hometown of Pittsburgh), board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Leo R. McCafferty has honed his ability to solve problems quickly and thoroughly. Dr. McCafferty’s interest in plastic surgery began in a lecture hall during his third year of medical school. “The professor showed us a picture of a young boy’s face mauled by a pit bull, followed by a picture of that boy’s face superbly repaired,” says Dr. McCafferty. “I thought, ‘Wow, I would like to do something like that.’ I began to research plastic surgeons and was fascinated by Dr. D. Ralph Millard, Jr. in Miami. I knew at that moment, that I not only wanted to become a plastic surgeon, but I wanted to train with him.”
About My Practice:
What is your philosophy?
I won’t over-operate, but I will make sure any procedure is done completely and without compromise. My patients know that I do not want to make them look operated upon, and in fact, most patients want to look better in a natural way. This is extremely important to me.
What does a consultation with you entail?
The first visit involves listening to and exploring the concerns of the patient and their pertinent history, a physical exam, photographs and a thorough discussion of options for treatment. I review the photos and consultation notes prior to the patient’s next visit. During the second visit, we review them, I answer any questions, and we solidify a plan.
What role does your staff play?
My staff is the most important aspect of my practice. Most have been with me for a very long time, and I am blessed to work with such a great group of individuals. Their mission of service is a happy one and patients are very much aware of the happiness in our office.
What new treatments are you excited about?
I’m amazed by the advances in facelift surgery and rejuvenation. The newer techniques allow for shorter operative time, more rapid recovery and better-than-ever results. The addition of fat grafting has added a new dimension in restoring a more youthful facial shape in a very soft and subtle way.
How would your patients describe you?
I hope they would describe me as honest. Integrity was something emphasized more than anything else during my plastic surgery training. I would also hope they would describe me as a precise surgeon.
What do you love most about your job?
I love everything about my job, but the people make it fun— my patients and my staff!