Reconstructive Procedures Pittsburgh

RECONSTRUCTIVE SURGERY

At Premier Plastic Surgery & Dermatology our providers understand the physical and emotional suffering one goes through when they have lost physical attributes due to traumatic injury, congenital deformity, or disease. The good news is the field of reconstructive surgery has advanced with incredible speed over the last few decades. It is now possible to restore function and improve your appearance through an array of surgical reconstruction procedures that can enhance your livelihood and increase your self-esteem.

Listed below are just some of the many reconstructive surgery options available at our Pittsburgh and Wexford locations. By clicking on the links below you can read a little about the procedures and contact Premier Plastic Surgery & Dermatology to schedule a consultation with Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Brian Heil.

  • Breast Reconstruction
  • Rhinoplasty Revision Surgery
  • Scar Revisions Surgery
  • Skin Lesions
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    BREAST RECONSTRUCTION

    Plastic surgery reconstruction procedures are created to rebuild the breasts and repair functional and cosmetic damage caused by various forms of cancer can be performed by our board certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Brian Heil at Premier Plastic Surgery & Dermatology. Dr Heil is specialty trained in reconstructive procedures that can restore what you have lost with beautiful, natural-looking results.

    Dr. Heil has years of experience in breast reconstruction procedures. Dr. Heil uses the most advanced techniques to help women rebuild new, natural and beautiful breasts after mastectomy or other trauma or deformity.

    All of our breast reconstruction procedures will involve a detailed initial consultation with Dr Heil. During this consultation, Dr. Heil will address options available to you, what the procedure entails, risks and benefits, and more. He will take the time to answer any questions and concerns you may have, and work with you to help determine which reconstruction procedure may be appropriate for your needs.

    Breast Reconstructive Candidate

    In breast cancer patients, breast reconstruction may be a very exciting time; this is because surgical reconstructive procedures are generally performed once the patient is cancer-free. Because techniques have become so advanced, virtually anyone who has undergone a mastectomy is a candidate for breast reconstruction. During your initial consultation, Dr. Heil will perform a physical examination to determine the specific technique most suited for your body type. Dr. Heil will patiently take the time to go over all aspects of the procedure and address your concerns in detail.

    Insurance Concerns

    Breast reconstructive is often covered by insurance plans. Our knowledgeable and helpful staff will work on your behalf to file your claim with your insurance carrier. During your initial consultation, we will gather detailed information as that we can obtain as much information to submit to your insurance plan.
    To schedule your breast reconstructive consultation, please call Premier Plastic Surgery & Dermatology in Pittsburgh at 412.835.5550 or Wexford at 724.933.1800. At the time of scheduling, we will ask for you to provide us with your insurance information.

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    RHINOPLASTY REVISION SURGERY

    Patients who maybe unsatisfied with the results of a Rhinoplasty (nose surgery) procedure performed elsewhere may consider, Rhinoplasty Revision Surgery, also known as secondary Rhinoplasty, here at Premier Plastic Surgery & Dermatology. Rhinoplasty Revision Surgery will correct aesthetic or functional problems caused, or not addressed, in a previous nose surgery.

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    SCAR REVISION SURGERY

    Scar Revision Surgery, or the surgical improvement of an existing scar, is a common procedure for most plastic surgeons. Whether created by a plastic surgery procedure, trauma such as dog bite, abdominal and/or female surgery, often a scar’s appearance can be improved at the time the scar has had time to mature.
    Scar Revision Surgery is as individual as the patient, and often a surgical plan is customized for the problem itself. The location and orientation of the scar, the patient’s skin type and skin tone, and how compliant the patient will be with the healing process are all factors considered by the plastic surgeon. Depending upon the extent of revision necessary, the surgery may be performed under local anesthesia or intravenous sedation. Special sutures and surgical dressings may be applied, along with special instructions concerning healing and sun exposure.

    Scar Revision Surgery may be performed alone, or combined with another surgical procedure depending upon individual surgical plan.

    Types of Scars

    There are several types of scars that can be treated through various surgical and laser techniques to diminish their appearance. Scar Revision Surgeries will depend on the type of scar you have, as well as your age, history of prior surgery, location of the scar, genetics, treatment and medications you have undergone, and nutrition. Some common types of scars include:

    Keloid Scars

    This type of scar is characterized by thick, itchy, and puckered clusters of scar tissue that grow around the edges of a wound or surgical incision. Often red or darker in color than the surrounding skin, keloid scars are a product of collagen produced by the body after a wound has healed.

    Hypertrophic Scars

    Similar to keloid scars, hypertrophic scars are typically red, thick, and raised clusters of scar tissue. Unlike the keloid type of scar, hypertrophic scars do not spread beyond the wound boundaries.

    Contractures

    Contracture is the term ascribed to scars that pull the edges of skin together. Often resulting from burns or other injuries that result in excessive skin loss, contractures can affect nearby muscles and tendons and ultimately restrict mobility.

    Scar Revision Surgery should typically be performed during the first six months after the initial scar has formed; however, the scar can still be treated after this period.

    During your initial consultation, Dr. Heil and his physician assistants will discuss all the aspects of Scar Revision Surgery and any concerns you may have.

    Scar Revision Recovery

    Recovery details will depend on the type of scar you have and the treatment you have undergone. There will always be a scar left after an operation; however, scar revision procedures are designed to make scarring as imperceptible as possible. Any residual pain and discomfort from the procedure can be alleviated with medication. Patients can expect some swelling and bruising after scar revision, but this should dissipate within three to five days. The final form of the scar may take up to 9 months for the results to be most noticeable.

    Consultations

    The unhappy appearance of your scar is not something you have to learn to live with. Surgery is available to help dramatically reduce the appearance of the scar to smoother and healthier look. You can schedule a consultation with our staff by calling Pittsburgh at 412.835.5550 or Wexford at 724.933.1800. We are here to help answer any questions and concerns you may have.

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    SKIN LESIONS

    Skin lesions can not only be unpleasant to those who suffer from them, they may also be an indication of a more serious condition that can dramatically affect your health.

    Our board certified plastic surgeon and dermatologists will evaluate and treat skin lesions that are benign or malignant in nature.

    Please contact us at 412.835.5550 in Pittsburgh or 724.933.1800 in Wexford to schedule your skin lesion consultation. Our practice accepts major health insurance plans including UPMC, Highmark. Medicare, Aetna, United and more.

    What is a skin lesion?

    Skin lesions are abnormal, superficial growths on the skin. They can be caused by a number of conditions or diseases. Skin lesions typically fall under one of two categories:

    Primary Skin Lesions

    This type of skin lesion varies in color and texture. They are often present at birth, such as birthmarks or moles. Primary skin lesions can also result from an allergic reaction, environmental factors, or disease.

    Secondary Skin Lesions

    Secondary skin lesions are changes occurring in the skin that result from a pre-existing skin lesion. They are typically brought on by scratching or by natural progression.

    Treatment for Skin Lesions

    Treatment for skin lesions will depend on the individual patient’s health, type of skin lesion, and the cause of the condition. The quickest way to treat a skin lesion is removal. After administering a local anesthetic, our physician will remove the skin lesion. Depending on the size of the skin lesion, stitches maybe required.

    Scheduling a consultation

    Skin lesions should not be ignored, as they may be indicative of a more serious health problem. Our plastic surgeon and dermatologists can assess skin lesions and determine the best treatment plan for you. In many ways, we can eliminate lesions for a more pleasing aesthetic appearance. Please contact us to schedule your consultation. We offer appointments in Pittsburgh by calling 412.835.5550 or Wexford at 724.835.5550. Weekday as well as weekend appointments are available for you.

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