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!!!
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.
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.
In house financingBreast Lift
Dianaa: No one board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery will do that. Why should they? Do you go to the grocery store and then ask them to delay their payment while you eat their food? Makes no sense. Get a job and find a way to pay for the surgery you will benefit from. Lori L. Cherup MD FACS
Loss of volume on faceDermal Fillers
Even though you are short, you should have 30 more pounds of muscle and fat on you to have a normal BMI. Run, lift weights, eat healthy food and a lot of protein. Your testosterone will put the volume on if you just utilize it. YOU absolutely do not need plastic surgery.
In need of a pro bono surgeonCosmetic Surgery
Dear Yohana- I cannot imagine you are not on disability or Medical Assistance. You don't need cosmetic surgery, you need reconstructive surgery on your scar, and a hearing aid. Get with your local hospital social service and get the assistance that everyone in your position manages to get for themselves.
Boob job on one side?Breast Reduction
You did not supply your height, weight and current bra size. Your insurance might pay for a one-sided breast reduction based on the above data. The fact that you do not want an implant makes the decisions much easier. My advice is seek a plastic surgeon in the Denver area who accepts insurance, or go to the University Clinic, and seek consultation.
Black nippleBreast Reduction
Dear Ana- It's very worrisome. Are you a smoker, or ever have been? Was a lot of tissue resected in your breast reduction? When this has happened to my patients, rarely, there is always an identifiable factor that needs to be corrected. Go back to your surgeon and get a clear explanation of why this might have happened, and what the plan to treat this is. Months of healing may be necessary. Get a clear idea of your doctor's plan, and if you don't hear one, seek another opinion.
Debating if I Should Do It or NotBreast Reduction
Brooklyn: First, unless you are very wide, it's almost impossible for you to be petite, 5'2" 110lbs and have a 38" chest. I bet your bra is very poorly sized. Second, according to most insurance charts at your height and weight roughly 350G of tissue needs to be removed from each breast. 350 G of tissue from a D cup breast would absolutely leave you at a B cup. Will that help you? The ONLY WAY you can know if your insurance will pay for your surgery is to see a good plastic surgeon who does many reductions, and have that person examine you. Never trust your insurance company.
Too old for breast reductionBreast Reduction
Unless you are in awful health, and I operate on many 60 year olds with multiple significant medical problems, you are not too old at all. You probably need a 500-600 G reduction on each side. Pittsburgh would accept you.
Breast Feeding after Breast ImplantsBreast Augmentation
If you have a submuscular augmentation with a moderate size implant, the lateral 4th intercostal nerve is not violated, and your breast tissue is not overly compressed by the implant, you will be able to nurse, if you could nurse now- how do you know? I had 2 children, nursed them, had an augmentation, and nursed the third even better. If this is at all a concern to you - not nursing the 3rd- then wait til you are done with pregnancies.
vaping after surgeryBreast Reduction
I hope your surgeon told you no smoking or vaping for 2 months before a breast reduction and for 2 months after. I make my smoking patient get a nicotine blood level test 4 days before surgery, and have no problem cancelling them if it is positive. Even given that, the likelihood you will have wound healing problems is high. You put effort into getting this surgery done- now you are going to sabotage it? I would think again about ever starting vaping again.
Liposuction and transfer to the breastLiposuction
Why are you doing this? In an effort to look more natural, less augmented? Is there something concerning with her current implants? If her breast tissue has been compressed by her implants, after an explantation there is a natural filling out of volume and shrinkage of skin dimensions that the breast undergoes. It is unlikely that her 420cc volume can be replaced on each side with her own fat, and the fat survive. It is unlikely that her breasts will have any superior fullness. Another course you could take is have the explantation, and then do a mastopexy and fat grafting at a second surgery. I think the final result will be more desirable, and look more like a natural version of her augmented self.
Health issueMommy Makeover
I agree with Dr. Larry above. But you do not need to be at your ideal weight. In fact, many patients find their DMII easier to control when the excess pannus has been removed. What your surgeon wants to see is a commitment to controlling your blood sugar and losing weight, so prove it to your doctor that you are trying to do it. You may also need to be done in the hospital with a 1 night stay over so your glucose can be checked regularly by the nursing staff and reported to your surgeon.
First ConsultationMommy Makeover
So Melanie- Any surgeon talking about a Mommy makeover will analyze whether you need a breast reduction, lift or augmentation; whether you need a mastopexy, whether you need a tummy tuck with liposuction of your flanks, thighs, and arms; and whether medically you can tolerate and heal from all this. If your plumber came out and was asked to give you an estimate to reconfigure your whole plumbing system to your kitchen, just figure what he would charge you for the estimate. In my opinion, $200 is a good figure for that. Most plastic surgeons charge less. If your plumber quoted you $5500 for the whole job, you would not be surprised. Just plan on the surgery costing around 9-10,000$ That is what you are asking to be done, by someone who has trained 17 years to do this for you.
If the tattoo is large it may not be able to be removed and closed without a skin graft, which will look like a serious surgical scar. Look into Invisible Ink, a laser tattoo remover corporation that has excellent techs and a PICOWAY laser that can do the job without significant scarring. I am the medical director of the one in Pittsburgh. There should be a site near Chicago.