Lori L. Cherup, MD
Lori L. Cherup, MD, is an ASPS Member plastic surgeon who is board certified by The American Board of Plastic Surgery® and trained specifically in plastic surgery. ASPS members operate only in accredited medical facilities, adhere to a strict code of ethics and fulfill continuing medical education requirements in plastic surgery, including training in patient safety techniques. As your medical partner, Dr. Cherup is dedicated to working with you to achieve your goals.
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Meet Dr. Lori Cherup
During your consultation with Dr. Cherup will ask you many questions as she reviews your medical history and medications. Are you healthy enough for us to consider any plastic surgery? She will examine you carefully, in private, while you are clad in a comfortable terry robe. Given her vast medical knowledge and experience, she will then formulate a plan for surgery that will address your problem area but may also be more inclusive then you thougt.
You will be informed of the specific risks of your surgery. In general, the healthier you are, the risks are minimized. The importance of stopping aspirin and ibuprofen, vitamin E and other medications prior to surgery will be stressed. And if you smoke - don't worry - we will absolutely get you to stop, forever.
We will show you before and after photos of the hundreds of previous patients that have undergone procedures similar to those you and Dr. Cherup are contemplating. By showing you patients who are very physically similar to you, you will be able to visualize the kind of surgical result Dr. Cherup will be able to deliver for you.
Before you leave from your first consultation, Kristy, our patient coordinator, will give or mail to you your Inform/Consent Book. This is your Bible! Read every word because Dr. Cherup wants you to understand all the inside information on your procedure, and will be asking YOU questions when you return. After scheduling your return visit, you will probably want to go home and contemplate all the information you received. Dr. Cherup is not one of those surgeons who wants to hurry you to sign on the dotted line. She wants you to accomplish YOUR goals. Is this procedure right for you? Does it financially make sense at this point in your life? Do you trust Dr. Cherup as a surgeon? You should. Most importantly, are you capable of being a good patient so we can have a platform for a successful surgery?
You will then be ready for your second, no charge consultation. Dr. Cherup will answer any remaining questions, go over the surgical plan, perform a pre-op history and physical, and take photos. You will spend 20 minutes with our Patient Care Coordinator reviewing your consent and pre-operative instructions. Over the next few weeks we will review your lab results and EKG in preparation for the big day when we will see you at your surgery. You are almost there!!!
We are proud to introduce to you our haven of health, beauty, and safe surgery – Radiance – a Private Outpatient Surgery Center. Radiance has undergone the most stringent evaluations and inspections, such as those our local and university hospitals have undergone. The Pennsylvania State Department of Health, Medicare, and the Joint Commission for Accreditation of Hospitals have licensed Radiance as a first-class surgical center, and we will be able to bill for all third-party insurance plans for facility fees for reconstructive surgery. Furthermore, Dr. Cherup’s attending status at Allegheny General, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, St Clair Hospital, Ohio Valley General, Canonsburg General and Monongahela Valley assures you that her surgical skills and management have been scrutinized by some of the best medical staffs in Pittsburgh. Along with that, she has recruited the areas best nurses, technicians and anesthesia services to assist her in your care.
After your driver drops you off at our covered entrance on the building’s lower level, a member of our team will greet you at the center’s reception desk and confirm your registration papers. They will escort you to the pre-operative area while your family relaxes in our cozy waiting room with refreshment bar, flat-screen TV and music. Jodi Santini, our nurse manager will introduce herself to you and see that all of your needs are met. Our pre-op nurse will check your vital signs and allergy alerts, help you change into a robe, and will assist our anesthesia group in their interview. Our anesthesia group’s expertise is outpatient anesthesia – quick emergencies, nausea-free, and near-painless return to home and function. Also in our pre-op area Dr. Cherup will carefully mark on your body with a big black marker her gameplan for precise and successful surgery.
Angela and Jennifer, our nurse and surgical technician, will also be with you in the operating room during your procedure. Not only will they provide for you a safe and sterile environment, but will explain the events that will occur during your stay, so we can make this as comfortable an experience as it can be for you and your family. Frequently during the procedure Dr. Cherup and staff will talk to you, and assure you of how things are going. In the recovery room, our nurse recovery nurse will help you relax. Warming blankets and pain medication are in order. No Nausea! is our motto. We will give you at home instructions before you are escorted from our beautiful facility.
Located at 701 Boyce Road and Washington Pike near Interstate 79, our surgery center is convenient for patients from Pittsburgh, West Virginia, and Ohio.
Breast Implant Removal
Buttock Lift with Augmentation
Chemical Peels, IPL, Fractional CO2 Laser Treatments
Free-Flap Breast Reconstruction
Head-Neck Cancer Reconstruction
Laser Hair Removal
Laser Skin Resurfacing
Lip Augmentation / Enhancement
Male Breast Reduction
Post Burn Reconstruction
Skin Cancer Removal
Tram Flap Breast Reconstruction
Ask a Surgeon
Dr. Lori Cherup participates in the ASPS Ask A Surgeon service. View responses to public questions below.
Back pain before reductionBreast Reduction
Meghan- Even a 15 year old can have a breast reduction. Why should you suffer just because you are young and your breasts may grow some more after the surgery? A breast reduction with a good technique- ie the Hall-Findlay Short Scar Technique- with undoubtedly give you back pain relief. The biggest factor for additional increase in size over the ensuing years is your weight-you must keep your weight stable, and not gain A LOT of weight when you go to college. My consultations with teenage women and their mothers take at least 35-45 minutes. Seek out a board-certified surgeon who does all the above things to analyze your anatomy and candidacy, and you will be fine. Lori. L. Cherup, MD,FACS, Pittsburgh, PA
Breast Lift & Reduction.Breast Reduction
I do breast reductions on women your size and age all the time. You need a reduction. Your surgeon will examine you, determine the amount to be removed, will ask your insurance for authorization- ie. will they pay him and the hospital for their time and effort- and then you will schedule the surgery. If you are a true 38 F at 21, you will only get bigger over the next 10 years. Just decide if you want to live like this until you are 40, or not. Now is the time, before you have children. Get yourself smaller, fitter, lighter, and healthier. There are lots of great surgeons in Atlanta. Good luck.
Breast ReductionBreast Reduction
You live in the wrong state or have the wrong health insurance. Most insurance companies in Pennsylvania would cover your breast reduction if 350-450 G of tissue were removed from each breast, IF YOU ARE OF NORMAL HEIGHT AND WEIGHT, ie. 5'5" and less than 145 lbs. 30% of plastic surgeons in Pennsylvania accept insurance from other states. Our practice does. Most Florida plastic surgeons want to practice only cosmetic surgery. There is help if you look wider than your local town.
Weight loss surgery plastic surgery should be viewed as one procedure they work hand in handBody Lift
Weight loss surgery produces weight loss and a healthier BMI and load on the cardiovascular system. Massive weight loss plastic surgery reduces the skin burden if patients have any. The TRUTH IS- many men have less problems than women after bariatric surgery- their skin seems to shrink down more readily. Obesity coupled to pregnancies seems to take a bigger toll on women patients. Just like any other cosmetic plastic surgery- finance it, or save your money.
Should I have a breast lift at 18?Breast Lift
GABRIELA: There are just some young woman who never develop full perky breasts- of any size- and they just grow down. You may be one of these I see all the time. There is nothing wrong with having a breast lift, or mastopexy, at your age. As long as you understand, you will have to control your weight, your pregnancy weight gains, and your breast support- the rest of your life. For if there is one thing the world can count on- women's breasts will change as they age. GO FOR IT- find a compassionate board-certified surgeon near your town , and be willing to spend a small chunk of money, for no insurance will pay for this surgery. Every young woman I have done feels it was well worth the investment.
I want a breast reduction and I was wondering what size can I go down to?Breast Reduction
Kenova: You do not need to be an A, you need relief from your neck and back pain and restriction of activities. There is a 80% chance your health insurance will pay for a breast reduction surgery if you meet their criteria. They WILL NOT pay for mastectomies. Get yourself to a board-certified plastic surgeon and get evaluated. And if your weight is not under control- make an effort to do that, for breasts always fluctuate with weight gains, and this will be a lifelong problem otherwise. I am in Pittsburgh.
Looking for a PSTummy Tuck
Gymrat_: There is a very clear explanation why your abdomen looks like it does. The answer is in the operative note from the surgery. Any good board-certified plastic surgeon like myself will examine and recommend to you a path out. The information in the op note is essential. Help is out there. Dr. Lori Cherup
Breast reconstruction after mastectomyBreast Reconstruction
Geraldine: Did you have saline implants used?? It would be very unusual for gel implant s to be ruptured so soon. You DO NOT need a surgeon who does only reconstruction, just a surgeon who does it a lot and has a LOT of experience. I do. Is Smithfield near Pittsburgh? I think it is. Look at my website: www.drcherup.com, and I would be happy to see you and get your insurance to help you revise what you have. Dr. Lori L. CherupFACS
Asymmetrical Breast OptionsBreast Reduction
Go see Dr. David Levens in Coral Springs.
Panniculectomy on its ownPanniculectomy
As you know, a panniculectomy only removes the extra hanging skin that causes chafing. A tummy tuck does that and contours the belly and refines the umbilicus. If you are under 50, wait til you get the money and have the full tummy tuck. If you are a weight loss patient and still have weight to lose, do the panniculectomy. Tell the surgeon not to touch your belly button. Then in the future you probably can have a full tummy tuck and restructure your figure. Good luck.
Do I need to be tested for BIA-ALCL?Breast Implant Revision
Yes, you need to see a board-certified plastic surgeon knowledgeable with these cases- I am- and be evaluated. No question.
Ruptured saline breast implantBreast Implant Removal
No, most insurances will not pay for saline implants to be removed, especially if you do not have breast cancer. My advice is go see Dr. Larry Weinstein who answered your question below. Of course you can just have them out, and you may be surprised you do not look that bad. Whether a mastopexy can or should be done can be answered by Dr. Weinstein.
Labiaplasty hypersensitivityVaginal Rejuvenation
Have you had any communication with your surgeon? Of course you are hypersensitive at 6 days, and you probably will be at 6 weeks, but you will be healed enough at 4 weeks for intercourse. Don't worry about it, go about your job and home life, and each day will be better. You will have at least 1 post -op visit in the next week. Mention it then. Very few patients have any problem at 2 months.
Insure what to doBreast Implant Removal
Yes, Sophie, your implant record may be available at the hospital or surgery center where the surgery was done, and you should have kept your registration card that was given on the day of surgery. If none of the above can happen, any ASPS-board certified surgeon can guess the size and style of implant, and remove them for you. If any other work needs to be done, you will need to thoroughly discuss that with the newly-chosen surgeon. Lori L Cherup MD, FACS, Pittsburgh
Cortisone Shot left a divot on my faceInjectable Fillers
Njkat: Happens all the time. I have no idea why derms do that. Wait 3 months, see a plastic surgeon, and get an opinion about getting it excised.
Growth deformity caused by full leg cast on right side?General Reconstruction
Rose, that is a great question. There is a lot that can be done. Your insurance should pay for this, if you have good insurance. You need a scar release and fat grafting. I have done it many times in situations of trauma like this. Go see a good plastic surgeon in Gainesville.
What is it?Nonsurgical Fat Reduction
Kay: Are you talking about Coolsculpting? NO it does not work quickly and it is expensive. It WORKS, but only for patients who have a lot of soft subcutaneous fat. Usually women. If you have had pregnancies, the cause of your poochy tummy, no, it will NOT address your loose tummy muscles. GO SEE a Coolsculpting physician, preferable a plastic surgeon, who can give you real answers.
Cheek implantsCheek Augmentation
A picture of your face front view from 2 feet away and a 3-quarters view would help a doc recommend for you.
Eyebrow lift for 16 yr oldFacelift
Hey Jasmine: In general, young women do not have very high brows. They have nice full non-puffy eyelids, and sleek slightly arched brows. Send a picture of your face front view , and just look serene.
Can large uneven breasts cause scoliosis?Breast Reduction
Frankly, your developing scoliosis caused your breast asymmetry. Do you have back pain? Go see an orthopedic surgeon specializing in spine. Your scoliosis may get worse as you age. Then decide if a breast reduction will help your back issues, and help you stand as straight as you can. See a great surgeon in Michigan- there are many.
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