Dr. Craig Oser Plastic Surgery

Plastic Surgeon Pittsburgh

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Frequently Asked Questions

General Questions

What are your hours of operation?
Where are you located?

 

About Plastic Surgery

What is the difference between Cosmetic and Reconstructive Surgery?
Am I a good candidate for plastic surgery?
How do I choose a plastic surgeon?

 

 

Preparation and Consultation

What do I need to do to prepare for surgery?
What can I expect at my first appointment?
What should I bring to my consultation or appointment?
What medical history do I need to provide? Why?
What should I wear?
What if I am late to my appointment?
What if I cancel my appointment?
Can I travel from out of town for surgery?
What if I have an emergency?

 

 

After Your Procedure

What can I expect after my surgery?
How long before I can return to work?

 

 

Services and Techniques

What procedures do you provide?
Do you use the latest techniques?

 

 

Liposuction

Differences between Liposuction? Liposculpture?
What is Ultrasonic Lipo?
Is this procedure safe?
Is liposuction painful?
Are there any restrictions?
Is Dr. Oser offering a safer form of Ultrasonic Lipo?
Can the fat return?

 

 

Payment Options

What are my payment options?
What payment options do you provide?
Will my insurance cover my surgery?

 

Answers

General Questions

What are your hours of operation?


Dr Oser is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Please call the office at 724.941.8111 regarding Saturday appointments.

 

Where are you located?

West Penn Allegheny Health System Outpatient Care Center – Peters Township

160 Gallery Drive

Suite 200

McMurray PA 15317

 

 

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About Plastic Surgery

What is the difference between Cosmetic and Reconstructive Surgery?


Cosmetic surgery is performed to reshape normal structures of the body in order to improve the patient's appearance and self-esteem. Cosmetic surgery is usually not covered by health insurance because it is elective.

 

Reconstructive surgery is performed on abnormal structures of the body, caused by congenital defects, developmental abnormalities, trauma, infection, tumors or disease. It is generally performed to improve function, but may also be done to approximate a normal appearance. Reconstructive surgery is generally covered by most health insurance policies although coverage for specific procedures and levels of coverage may vary greatly.

Am I a good candidate for plastic surgery?


Dr. Oser will spend time with you discussing your wishes and desires. He will work with you to determine whether you are a good candidate for the procedure or treatment you have chosen. In the interest of your safety and well-being, he may decide that you are not a good candidate for a specific procedure or treatment.

 

How do I choose a plastic surgeon?


Choosing a plastic surgeon is an important decision. Be sure that you have all the facts to make an informed choice. It's up to you to ask questions so that you can decide which plastic surgeon is right for you. Qualified surgeons will welcome your questions about their background and be willing to provide you with any necessary information.

 

Here are a few guidelines to assist you in selecting a qualified plastic surgeon:

Check into the surgical experience of the surgeon you're considering. Does he or she specialize in the procedures you're interested in? How many procedures of this kind has the doctor done? Ask your doctor about his or her credentials. If you're in doubt about a surgeon's qualification and experience, it may be wise to seek consultation with other surgeons.

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Preparation and Consultation

What do I need to do to prepare for surgery?


To help make your surgery experience as easy as possible, it is most important that you follow these instructions:

 

Before your Procedure: Three weeks prior to and three weeks after your surgery, try to limit your alcohol and tobacco intake. Two weeks prior to and two weeks after your surgery, do not take medication that may thin your blood such as aspirin or Ibuprofen products. The evening prior to your surgery, please refrain from eating or drinking anything including water. Please do not smoke and check with Dr. Oser regarding any medication that you are taking regularly.

The Day of Your Procedure: Please refrain from wearing makeup, contact lenses, hairpins, jewelry, body lotion or perfume. Wear comfortable clothing. If you develop a cold, sore throat, fever or any symptoms of illness before your surgery, notify the office at Weirton Medical Center.

After Your Procedure: Please prepare to have a responsible adult available to provide transportation after your procedure and have arrangements made for any necessary assistance you may require for the following 24 hours. If you are a minor, a parent or guardian must accompany you.

What can I expect at my first appointment?


Your first appointment with Dr. Oser will depend on the type of procedure or treatment you have chosen. Before any service, he will answer any questions you may have and is committed to helping you become well informed about the actual process of preparing for your procedure or treatment. For further information about your particular service, contact Dr. Oser's office at the Weirton Medical Center.

 

What should I bring to my consultation or appointment?


Nothing is absolutely necessary for your consultation or appointment unless otherwise advised by Dr. Oser. You may, however, want to be prepared with questions that you may have about your procedure or treatment as the consultation is a good opportunity to have these answered in detail.

 

What medical history do I need to provide? Why?

 
We want to make sure we know your medical history so that we can make well-informed decisions with regard to your treatment, procedures and medication. You will be asked to provide your medical history, any medications you are currently using or have used in the past, allergies you may have, and any prior surgeries you have undergone. You will need to answer questions on whether you smoke or drink, family history.

 

What should I wear?


We want you to be comfortable. To avoid delays in your procedure or treatment, please refrain from wearing makeup, contact lenses, hairpins, jewelry, body lotion or perfume. Wear confortable clothing.

 

What if I am late to my appointment?


Appointments are scheduled to allow the correct amount of time for each procedure. Please be on time or several minutes early to insure full treatment time. If you are late, we will do our very best to work your appointment into the day's schedule.

 

What if I cancel my appointment?
We ask, in consideration of all patients, that all appointments be canceled 24 hours in advance.

Can I travel from out of town for surgery?


Patients outside the local area are always welcome and Dr. Oser's staff will do everything they can to make travel and accommodation arrangements for your visit. For your convenience, Dr. Oser can provide consultations by phone. You may want to be accompanied by a friend or spouse to assist you after the procedure or treatment. If you are considering traveling for a service, please contact us to discuss your arrangements and any special requests you may have.

 

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After Your Procedure

What can I expect after my surgery?


Just as everyone is an individual, everyone recovers differently. Your recovery time will greatly depend on the type of procedure or treatment you have chosen. To learn more about your particular procedure, select that procedure on our website or contact the office to speak with Dr. Oser.

 

Generally, Dr. Oser will recommend no heavy lifting for several weeks after which you will be able to resume normal activities.

A couple days after your surgery, Dr. Oser will follow up with you to see how you are healing, answer any questions and, if necessary, prescribe medication.

After Your Procedure: Please prepare to have a responsible adult available to provide transportation after your procedure and have arrangements made for any necessary assistance you may require for the following 24 hours. If you are a minor, a parent or guardian must accompany you.

How long before I can return to work?


Just as everyone is an individual, everyone recovers differently. Your recovery time will greatly depend on the type of procedure or treatment you have chosen. To learn more about your particular procedure, select that procedure on our website or contact the office directly and speak with Dr. Oser or his staff. In some cases, patients can return the next day or even the same day depending on the procedure.

 

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Services and Techniques

What procedures do you provide?


We provide services for every area of the face and body including:

 

Face Ears and Neck:
Face Lift
Brow Lift
Eyelid Surgery
Ear Reshaping
Facial Implants 

Upper Body:
Breast Augmentation/Breast Enlargement
Breast Lift
Breast Reduction
Breast Construction
Arm Lift

Lower Body:
Tummy Tuck
Liposuction
Buttocks Lift
Thigh Lift
Vaginal Rejuvenation

Injectables:

Radiesse
Botox
Restylane
Juvederm

Do you use the latest techniques?


Yes, Dr. Oser is continually researching and incorporating the most advanced techniques such as:

 

Endoscopic Surgery Techniques: By using special instruments, the approach can allow for smaller incisions, quicker recovery, and fewer side effects. In general, minimally invasive surgery uses an endoscope. This is a long, flexible tube with a camera and light attached. It is inserted into the body through a small incision. The image is sent to a screen that the surgeon watches during the operation. The surgeon also makes other small incisions to insert whatever tools are necessary to do the procedure. Minimally invasive techniques reduce the risk of infection and allow faster recovery. Experts agree that for many common operations, minimally invasive techniques are as good or better than traditional procedures. For some procedures, endoscopic techniques have become the new standard.

Vaser and Ultrasonic Liposuction: Liposuction is one of the newest procedures and is now the most popular form of cosmetic surgery. This procedure permanently removes excess fat cells which have become localized in specific areas such as the thighs, buttocks, knees, calves, abdomen, and waist. Liposuction is most effective on areas where diet and exercise don't seem to work. It is a technique that was first started in France approximately twenty years ago. Since its initial development, it has evolved to include liposculpture, the latest tumescent technique, and an even newer technique called ultrasonic liposuction. Ultrasonic liposuction is a technique that allows easier removal of unwanted fat cells over traditional liposuction techniques. The technique decreases bruising, decreases the amount of recovery time, and improves the overall contour of the treated area of the body.

Short-Scar Face Lift: There are many alternative techniques to reposition and tighten the skin and soft tissue structures of the face. One of the most significant recent developments in facial aesthetic surgery is the ability to limit the scarring that accompanies rejuvenation. These procedures are known by various names such as the "short-scar face lift. Short-scar face lift is a great alternative for people who want the benefits of a traditional face lift but with less recovery time and scarring. The results of the short-scar face lift are excellent, natural looking and comparable to results from a full face lift, but far more cost-effective. The technique is a significant advancement over the conventional face lift as it involves relatively little undermining and consequently affords a quicker recovery. The short-scar face lift may be extended to improve the mid- face and malar (cheek) area where other face lift techniques fall short. It is particularly effective for the younger patient with a sagging mid-face, who wants to stay ahead of the aging process.

Both FDA-Approved Silicone and Saline Breast Implants: At Weirton Medical Center Reconstructive and Cosmetic Surgery, we offer both FDA-approved silicone and saline implants so you can choose with Dr. Oser what is right for your body. All breast implants used by Dr. Oser has been approved by the FDA and are of the highest quality.

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Liposuction

What is the difference between Liposuction and Liposculpture?


There is no difference; these terms are synonymous.

 

What is Ultrasonic Lipo?


Ultrasonic liposuction is the most modern way to remove fat. This procedure differs from traditional liposuction in that high-frequency sound waves are used to liquify the fat first prior to its removal. In the liquid state, fat can be removed in greater quantities than traditional methods of liposuction.

 

Is this procedure safe?
Yes, the procedure performed in our office requires no incisions, no stitches, no blood loss, and is painless for most patients.

Is Liposuction painful?


Unlike the traditional method of liposuction which tears fat away from your body, Ultrasonic liposuction removes the fat in a liquid form. Patients typically experience less trauma and quicker, painless healing.

 

Are there any restrictions?


There are no restrictions to your physical activity after liposuction with the ultrasonic technique. Patients can run a marathon the next day if they desire.

 

Is Dr.Oser offering a safer form of Ultrasonic Liposuction?


A new safer form of Ultrasonic liposuction exists which applies ultrasonic waves through the skin. These ultrasonic waves are specific to fat and will not hurt skin, muscle, nerves or blood vessels. This newer form of the procedure cannot burn patients, which can occur with the older internal ultrasonic systems.

 

Can the fat return?


Only a finite number of fat cells exist. Fat that is removed is gone for good. Areas that have been treated with liposuction tend not to regain fat. However, other problem areas that exist on one's body can gain weight if proper diets are not maintained. Fat does not migrate or deposit in unusual areas of the body. If weight gain occurs, it will occur proportionately according to your body's physiology.

 

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Payment Options

What are my payment options?

Dr Oser's goal is to make plastic surgery and skin care affordable for everyone by offering several financing options, so you can comfortably pay for whatever procedure or products you choose.

 

Competitive Financial Plans: We understand that some cosmetic procedures may be a financial burden. Over the years, many financing plans have emerged to offer patients options to meet their needs. We have tried to assist our patients by researching the various plans in order to provide the optimal terms. We feel strongly that M-Lend Financial and SurgeryLoans.com best fill the needs of our patients by offering the most competitive and flexible financial terms. We are happy to provide our patients with this financing option during their initial consultation.

Pay Over Time: Monthly payment plans are also available, so you can pay over time in small monthly installments. We accept most major credit cards including Visa, Master Card, Discover, and American Express. Payment options may be combined. Some procedures may be partially covered by insurance. Weirton Medical Center Reconstructive and Cosmetic Surgery accepts all major insurance carriers.

For more information, please visit the Financing section of our website.

Will my insurance cover my surgery?


Some procedures may be covered by insurance. This depends on your insurance company and the procedure or treatment you chose. Discuss your particular procedure with Dr. Oser and your insurance company to see if it is covered.

 

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