About Us

At The Plastic Surgery Group, our team is united by a patient-centered approach established decades ago by our founder, Dr. Brandon Macomber. Your comfort, safety, and satisfaction are our top priorities. Our group of plastic surgeons and dedicated support staff strive to provide beautiful, natural-looking results and a rewarding patient experience for everyone who visits us for cosmetic surgery.

Strength in Numbers
We are proud of the talented group of surgeons we have assembled at The Plastic Surgery Group. Each has been selected not only for his or her exceptional credentials, but also for the unique skills and personal qualities that he or she brings to the practice and our patients.

Each surgeon is a highly trained medical professional in his or her own right, and collectively our team possesses well over a century of medical training and experience. The collaborative environment at The Plastic Surgery Group means our patients benefit from the experience and perspectives of not one but five exceptional surgeons. 

 

Why Choose The Plastic Surgery Group?
We understand that there is no shortage of plastic surgeons in the Upstate NY area. We also know that your choice of surgeon will have a significant impact on your experience and your results. When you choose The Plastic Surgery Group, you can count on the support of an exceptionally qualified team of board-certified surgeons and staff who will achieve the look you want, and keep you safe, comfortable, and happy along the way. We are dedicated to making your cosmetic surgery a rewarding experience that leaves you looking great and feeling more confident.

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Advantages of Choosing a Group

At a single-surgeon practice, you get the experience and perspective of only one individual. At The Plastic Surgery Group, our team of doctors has over 130 years of collective medical training and experience in the field. The collaborative nature of our practice allows us to offer an array of options and approaches based on the different backgrounds and perspectives of our surgeons. Our team members support one another, and also motivate one another to stay at the forefront of surgical innovations, all for the ultimate benefit of our patients.

Each of our plastic surgeons has also taken the additional step of earning advanced certifications and maintaining professional affiliations. For instance, our surgeons hold certifications from such organizations as the American Board of Surgery, the National Board of Medical Examiners, American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, and the American Board of Plastic Surgery, the only board recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties to certify in plastic surgery of the entire body.

Dedication to Patient Safety

At our practice in Albany, our plastic surgeons are among the most highly qualified in the field, and we have upheld an outstanding record of patient safety. We have 4 on-site operating rooms for local anesthesia cases, which enable us to safely and conveniently perform procedures like mini-facelifts and mini-tummy tucks.

We perform more complex, time-consuming procedures requiring general anesthesia - procedures like facelifts, breast surgery, and body contouring - at an outpatient ambulatory surgery center adjacent to our office. It has all the safety features of a hospital, including board-certified anesthesiologists. What it does not have is a constant influx of sick patients or a vast, impersonal atmosphere. We've chosen this surgical setting for the superior care and safety of our patients, who will receive support from the finest anesthesiologists and nursing personnel in an intimate setting.

A Pleasant Surgical Experience

Whether traveling from nearby New York communities or outside of the US for your cosmetic surgery consultation, you'll be warmly welcomed into our offices. Our dedicated office staff, many of whom have been with us for years, will do everything possible to make your visit as convenient and comfortable as possible, including helping out with travel information.

When you choose The Plastic Surgery Group, you will be valued as a unique individual and treated with professionalism and kindness. Your first visit generally will involve an overview of your medical history, a physical examination, and an extensive discussion of the surgical process. If you choose to schedule surgery, we will provide you with detailed instructions on how to prepare for the surgery itself and the recovery period.

Our surgeons and nursing staff are well trained to maximize your comfort during your procedure. The Plastic Surgery Group takes the time to follow up with patients during the recovery process and our team members are always available to answer patient questions.

Comprehensive Treatment

If you are considering integrating skin care treatments such as hair removal or OBAGI® into your cosmetic surgery program, the licensed estheticians in our Skin Care Center can help develop a unique program based on your skin type, skin texture, and concerns you'd like to address. We go beyond simply offering skin care services; we feature an extensive line of products and specially trained staff to pamper your skin with safe, expertly applied treatments.

We always consider the whole patient, and the entire scope of his or her vision for themselves, when developing our treatment plan. We encourage you to see for yourself the remarkable transformations we achieve for the women and men who visit us

The Importance of Choosing a Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon

New York residents who are researching plastic surgeons may be confused by the phrase "board certified." Most doctors performing cosmetic procedures claim to be board-certified, but patients need to know that there are several medical boards performing certification, and they are not created equal. To be a "board-certified plastic surgeon," a doctor must complete a plastic surgery residency and pass oral and written examinations administered by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS). The ABPS is the only board recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) to specialize in whole body plastic surgery. ABPS certification is a mark of distinction for a plastic surgeon.

At The Plastic Surgery Group, we believe our patients want peace of mind when making long-term changes to their bodies. That's why each of our doctors is an Albany plastic surgeon who has completed at least 5 years of medical residency training, including at least 2 years in a residency program focused on plastic surgery techniques. During this additional training, plastic surgeons learn more about both cosmetic and reconstructive techniques, meaning that they have a better understanding of how to perform surgery to improve both the look and function of body features.

The Difference Between a Cosmetic Surgeon and a Plastic Surgeon

You might notice that some doctors in Albany, Saratoga Springs, and Schenectady go by "plastic surgeon" while others refer to themselves as a "cosmetic surgeon." People are often confused about the distinction between a cosmetic surgeon and plastic surgeon, or may think these terms are synonymous.

In short, there is a big difference. By choosing a plastic surgeon at The Plastic Surgery Group, you are selecting a doctor who has received advanced training in cosmetic and reconstructive surgery techniques, a doctor who has a wealth of knowledge and skill that can make a difference when it comes to the safety and artistry of your surgical result.

Even if you don't choose plastic surgery with us, we want to help you select a highly qualified surgeon by sharing a little more about what makes a plastic surgeon such a good choice for your cosmetic procedure. Remember that any medical doctor can offer to perform cosmetic surgery. Do you really want a "cosmetic surgeon" who has been trained in pediatrics to perform your breast augmentation? Do you trust a gynecologist to perform your tummy tuck? The most important decision you can make when choosing cosmetic surgery is to select a highly qualified surgeon. At The Plastic Surgery Group our surgeons have training and experience in both cosmetic and reconstructive surgery. For your health and happiness, choose a doctor who is highly trained and deserves your trust.

MEET THE SURGEONS

At The Plastic Surgery Group, each of our Albany plastic surgeons is highly trained and possesses years of surgical experience.

DOUGLAS HARGRAVE, MD

"At The Plastic Surgery Group we value each and every patient as if they were part of our own family – with respect, kindness and compassion. We hold very high standards and devote great care to performing every procedure with attention to safety. We wouldn't have it any other way for our family members, and the same goes for our patients."

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An experienced and highly regarded plastic surgeon in Albany, NY, Dr. Douglas Hargrave performs both cosmetic and reconstructive procedures. He has dedicated decades to improving the appearance and self-image of women and men from Albany, Troy, Clifton Park, Saratoga Springs and Schenectady. As a plastic surgeon, Dr. Hargrave strives to remain at the forefront of advances in his field to ensure impressive results and the utmost in patient safety. His extensive background and tremendous depth of knowledge have made him a leader in the industry.

Training & Qualifications

A graduate of the University of California Santa Barbara and East Tennessee State University Medical School, Dr. Hargrave completed his surgical residency at Millard Fillmore Hospital in Buffalo, NY. While at the University of Missouri at Kansas City, Dr. Hargrave completed a residency in plastic surgery. He went on to complete a fellowship in reconstructive plastic surgery at Harvard University's Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston.

Certifications

  • American Board of Plastic Surgery
  • American Board of Surgery
  • BOTOX® Cosmetic Physicians' Network

Professional Affiliations

  • American Society of Plastic Surgeons
  • American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery
  • American Medical Association
  • Albany Medical Society
  • Medical Society of the State of New York
  • Society of Plastic Surgeons Upstate New York
  • American Society of Laser Medicine and Surgery
  • Northeast Plastic Surgery Society

Susan M. Gannon, MD

"Among my top priorities is providing my patients with natural looking results. I take the time to carefully listen to a person's aesthetic goals and explain their options, both surgical and non-surgical. I strive to provide attractive surgical outcomes that naturally integrate with a person's age, body type, and lifestyle."

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Susan M. Gannon, MD, is a valued member of The Plastic Surgery Group. Although there are many board-certified plastic surgeons in Albany, NY, Dr. Gannon stands out because of her impressive qualifications and compassionate personality. She performs both plastic and reconstructive surgical procedures for the face, breasts, body, and hands and strives to impart confidence in her patients through natural looking results.

Training & Qualifications

Trained and educated in the state of New York, Albany cosmetic plastic surgeon Dr. Gannon earned her medical degree Albany Medical College and completed her residency in plastic and reconstructive surgery at Albany Medical Center Hospital. She continued her education at Manhattan Eye, Ear, and Throat Institute at Lennox Hill Hospital, recognized internationally for advances in ophthalmology, otolaryngology, and plastic surgery.

Certifications

  • American Board of Plastic Surgery

Professional Affiliations

  • American Society of Plastic Surgeons
  • New York Regional Society of Plastic Surgeons
  • Medical Society of the State of New York

Honors & Awards

  • Alpha Omega Alpha
  • Janet W. Glasgow Memorial Achievement Award
  • Dean's Letter for Academic Excellence

Before & Afters

What Our Patients Are Saying...

  • "My experience with Dr. Hargrave was great. I'm loving the new me. I told all of my friends about Dr. Hargrave's work; they love the work he did. I will recommend him, he is amazing. He made sure the work was done right. I will be back again soon."

  • "I'm a 33 year-old Mom of 3 and had a breast augmentation. Dr. Susan Gannon was wonderful. I had such a great experience! She was so kind and attentive. The entire office staff was so helpful and always professional!"

  • "Dr. Gannon was excellent. Very thoughtful, patient and knowledgeable. I never felt rushed through our appointments. She always took the time to answer all of my questions and to make sure I was comfortable. I have been thoroughly impressed with her through my surgical journey. I feel absolute confidence in Dr. Gannon and am excited about the results."

  • "Dr. Hargrave is a master of his craft. I've been a patient of Dr. Hargrave for over 2 years now, first started after a car accident that resulted in rhinoplasty. Second surgery was a year later, had abdominoplasty, thighs, chin. I’ve lost quite a bit of weight after the tummy tuck, so this coming spring I’m getting a neck/face lift. I love his work! He gives realistic expectations, healing times, his entire staff are a joy to work with. If he believes something will not look good, he won’t push the service just to make a buck."

  • "Dr. Hargrave gave me my life back! How do you say THANK YOU to someone who has changed your life? The way you feel, present yourself, confidence level, times of sheer happiness, looking at life in a positive way, doing activities you’ve never done before, being able to look at your body in the mirror and actually smile… THIS is what Dr. Hargrave has done for me!!"

  • "Dr. Hargrave did lipo in my belly and sides, and a tummy tuck, in addition to lipo on my inner thighs and a thigh lift. For Dr. Hargrave it was just another surgery, for me it was a life changer! I truly believe for Dr, Hargrave, it’s not just a job – he actually cares about what you look like and the end results as much as you do!!"

  • "Dr. Hargrave was very helpful and understanding with my anxiety about the procedure. He also listened to me when I told him what I was looking for and more importantly, what I wasn’t looking for. He took the time to discuss everything with me and I highly recommend Dr. Hargrave."

  • "Dr. Gannon, Thank you for making me feel beautiful! Love that I can ask straight out and you answer with care and honesty. I’m so lucky to have you as my doctor!"

  • "Dr. Gannon, I just wanted to let you know how much I appreciate your incredible skill as a surgeon and your kindness and care for me during such a horrific time. You have always made me feel important and I felt like you advocated for me and wanted what was best for me, which is an incredible gift during cancer treatment."

  • "Dr. Gannon, I wanted to thank you for all you do. Thank you for always being available, excellent care and patient."

  • "Amazing, caring doctor. She takes the time to listen to you and make sure you are completely satisfied and comfortable. Very pleased with my experience with Dr. Gannon. I would highly recommend her."

  • "Dr. Hargrave performed my belt lipectomy and I could not be happier with the care I was given by the surgeon and his staff."

  • "Dr. Gannon is so down to earth and personable. She takes the time to explain everything and answer all questions. I would highly reccomend her for any procedure."

  • "I have have had two different procedures over the years with Dr. Gannon. Her work is amazing! I loved how friendly an down to earth she is. Very pleased with my mini tummy tuck & Eye lid surgery."

  • "Dr. Hargrave performed my belt lipectomy and I could not be happier with the care I was given by the surgeon and his staff."

  • "Excellent surgeon! Not only does Dr. Hargrave answer your questions thoroughly but he genuinely cares about his patients and makes that apparent in every visit. He takes pride in his work and wants you to be nothing less than ecstatic with your results!"

  • "Had a revision done of my implants by Dr Gannon, due to a bilateral mastectomy that was done in Oct.'17 (by another Dr). She’s amazing! She very attentive, listened to why I was unhappy with my implant, and said she could fix all the flaws, and she so did."

  • "Dear Dr. Hargrave, Words cannot express how much I appreciate everything you have done for me. My neck looks marvelous. Thank you for your kindness and professionalism. Many thanks to Dorie, Cate, and Christine for always being so helpful and comforting. To all the staff, many thanks."

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CONTACT INFORMATION

  The Plastic Surgery Group
455 Patroon Creek Boulevard, Suite 101
Albany, NY 12206

  Hours of Operation
Mon-Thu: 8:00am-4:45pm
Fri: 8:00am-4:30pm

  Phone  (518) 438-0505

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