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Breast reduction procedures serve as a prime example of how cosmetic surgery can address both aesthetics and health. Oversized breasts can cause a number of issues, including:

  • Breathing problems
  • Skin irritation
  • Back and neck pain
  • Skeletal deformities

At Premier Plastic Surgery, Dr. Heil frequently helps women with a life-changing breast reduction in Pittsburgh.

The Vast Benefits Of Breast Reduction

In addition to the physical limitations posed by overly large breasts, there are also social and emotional implications. Fortunately, the breast reduction surgery performed in Pittsburgh or Wexford, PA can deliver a welcome solution. This form of cosmetic surgery not only relieves the weight of women’s breasts, but it also lifts the weight of self-consciousness and physical pain.

After their recovery period, women who undergo this procedure report a tremendous positive shift in their body image. At our plastic surgery center in Pittsburgh, we have dedicated ourselves to improving our patients’ health and wellness.

What Is Involved In Performing Breast Reduction Surgery?

When Dr. Heil performs a breast reduction surgery in Pittsburgh–a procedure also known as a reduction mammoplasty–he removes excess tissue from the breast area. Any excess skin or fat is discarded. Ultimately, the goal is to create breasts that are proportional to the body. As tissue is discarded, Dr. Heil will also realign the nipples and areola, adjusting their size as needed.

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What Should I Ask Myself Before Undergoing Breast Reduction Surgery?

Electing for any kind of surgery should involve voluminous forethought. Before considering breast reduction surgery, you should ask yourself some questions:

  • Do I suffer from any of the issues described above?
  • Are my breasts fully developed?
  • Does one of my breasts hang lower than the other?
  • Do my nipples and areolas face downward?
  • Am I experiencing shoulder, neck, or back pain?
  • Will I have children in the future?

After surgery, pregnancy can have unpredictable effects on the size and shape of your breasts. If you are planning pregnancy following your breast reduction, please discuss this with Dr. Heil during your initial consultation.

Meet Your Surgeon

Dr. Brian V. Heil revealed his outstanding talents during his education, achieving his medical degree at the top of his class. He advanced his education at one of the nation’s most revered plastic surgery training programs.

Over his years in practice, Dr. garnered a reputation for excellence in plastic surgery, hair restoration, and non-surgical enhancements. Your treatments will be performed by a true professional in the field of plastic surgery, who is warm, genuine, and is dedicated to achieving superior results.

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Are There Different Kinds Of Breast Reduction Procedures?

There are several different reduction mammoplasty techniques. Each approach accesses breast tissue and impacts recovery in different ways. During your consultation, Dr. Heil will discuss all your options and make a recommendation that suits you best.

Inverted T or Anchor

This technique involves three incisions: one from the areola to the crease under the breast, one around the areola itself, and another along the crease. This approach works best for women who require a significant reduction or who are experiencing sagging, as it gives your surgeon more freedom to reshape and remove tissue. This procedure results in minimal scarring that can be easily concealed with a bra or bikini top.

Vertical Incision

This technique works best for women who need only a moderate reduction. With two incisions—one around the areola and one from the areola to the crease under the breast—Dr. Heil can easily perform the procedure. Just as with the Anchor technique, scarring from this surgery can be easily hidden.

Scarless Reduction

This minimally-invasive technique reduces breast size solely through liposuction. Ideal for women who need slight to moderate breast reduction, it involves a single quarter-inch incision that results in barely detectable scars. It should be noted that this technique does not adjust the nipple to a higher position.

How Do I Prepare For This Procedure? What Do I Need To Know About Recovery?

Typically, breast reduction surgery is an outpatient procedure. Your surgeon will cover everything you need to know as far as recovery instructions to ensure positive results. Recovery time can vary. Women can expect some soreness and swelling, but don’t worry, as you will be prescribed pain medication to help maintain your comfort as you heal. Some patients request time off work, but this can also vary from person to person. Most women feel ready to return to work after only a week. Dr. Heil recommends that you refrain from heavy exertion or exercise for up to three to four weeks to so the incisions can heal properly.

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What Are My Financing Options?

In some cases, breast reduction may be partially or wholly covered by insurance. Our office can help get the coverage you need. Otherwise, we have multiple payment options for our patients who are considering a breast reduction procedure. Payment plans and no-interest alternatives mean that all your beauty and wellness dreams are within your reach, no matter the budget. We also offer financing from CareCredit, which may cover deductibles and copayments.

For any additional questions or concerns, schedule your consultation with us by calling 724-264-3608 today!

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Update Regarding COVID-19 View Update Virtual Consultation

To our Premier & Acqua Blu community,

March 21st Update:

We remain at your service during this time.

To our post operative surgical patients you can still reach Dr Brian Heil by contacting us at 412.953.3373 or 724.747.7062. You may also email us at [email protected] or [email protected] We are standing by to assist you and will return calls and emails within the same day.

You are all in our thoughts and prayers. Please stay in touch via Facebook, Instagram and our website. We look forward to seeing you soon.

March 19th Update:

It has always been our mission to take the very best and safest care of our patients and staff, and in these uncertain times, this responsibility extends also to our Western PA community at large. Therefore, we are monitoring the situation on a daily basis with safety as our top priority. Currently, all patients and employees are being screened before entry to our facilities; this involves both measuring each person’s temperature and a COVID-19 screening survey based on PA DOH and UPMC standards. All patients with a temp over 99.5°F will be asked to reschedule. We have gone down to a skeleton staff to minimize the office population and ensure that less than 10 people will be in any facility region at the same time. We will be minimizing the use of waiting rooms by directly rooming patients after check-in when possible and, at times, by asking some patients to safely wait in their cars until their exam or treatment room is ready.

Hand sanitizers are available throughout our offices as well as sinks with soap and water. We continue to disinfect all frequently-touched surfaces between patients, including counters, furniture, pens, iPads, door handles, restroom fixtures, exam tables and chairs, wiping them down with hospital-grade sanitizers after each patient encounter. Our professional evening cleaning service is taking extra precautions in cleaning using their EnviroShield Endure System and adhering strictly to guidelines issued by the CDC & OSHA. Our facility is always maintained to the highest standards of cleanliness and sterility; however, we have ramped up our daily practice of decontamination and hygiene protocols to an even higher standard. Please limit chaperones to one additional person, and refrain from bringing in children and the elderly.

If you recently have had surgery and need to be seen for a follow-up visit, be assured that we will see you personally to ensure a full and safe recovery. At these appointments, you will be seen by only essential staff that have remained healthy, without signs of any illness or history of viral exposure. As a standard precaution, personal protection equipment will be worn as appropriate when examining you in accordance with any standing CDC recommendations. For now, at Premier Plastic Surgery we will be doing a limited number of consultations and treatments at our Wexford and Upper St Clair offices. Also during these challenging times we’d like to offer the option of a virtual consultation, please request these virtual consults by emailing us directly at . Our phones will still be answered during normal business hours and all emails will continue to be answered.

At this time, all surgeries planned in our private surgery center will be able to be completed as scheduled. Premier Surgery Center of Pittsburgh is a specialized outpatient facility that treats one patient at a time. Its medical resources are not of benefit or value to treating COVID-19 patients, thereby falling outside the call for cancellation of elective surgeries.

If you already have an appointment scheduled with Acqua Blu Medical Spa, one of our staff members will be reaching out to you directly to reschedule consults or treatments at a more safe future time. Regular appointments will resume on or after March 31, unless otherwise updated.

In the face of this ominous public health challenge, we all must work in concert with our community to help each other, protect each other, and extend extra understanding and patience to our fellow man. We urge everyone to protect themselves and their families. If you are experiencing any symptoms, please reschedule and seek out your general practitioner. If you need to reach us for a surgical emergency outside of office hours, please contact the answering service by calling (724) 935-7213 for emergencies.

This is an evolving situation and we will adjust our policies and practices in accordance with the best current knowledge and CDC recommendations. Please stay informed of the all Federal COVID-19 Task Force recommendations and any mandates of the PA Dept of Health. We will continue to pray for everyone and care for our patients through this time of need.

March 18th Update:

For the safety of our patients and staff, Premier Plastic Surgery is temporarily limiting visitors and restricting patient care for those potentially infected with COVID-19 virus. All patients and visitors will be actively screened prior to entry. For patients recovering from surgery, we ask that you limit accompanying visitors to 1 per patient. Visitors will be asked to remain in their vehicle for the duration of the visit. Visitors will be permitted in the exam or waiting room only in special situations, when a visitor is essential for the well-being and care of the patient. No visitors who are ill, sick, frail, elderly or at-risk (i.e. immune compromised or serious chronic illness) will be permitted access. No children less than 18 years of age will be permitted. Please do not bring children to your visit. Any approved visitors will be screened at the facility entrance by a staff member and must comply with a temperature screening.

March 16th Update:

From the time we opened our practice in 2001, our patients and employees have always been central to our purpose and our top priority.

Our hearts go out to all those who have been affected by the coronavirus. In the face of this unprecedented pandemic, we want to assure you we are committed to the health and safety of our patients and employees.

As part of our occupational health and safety regulations, washing our hands between each patient, wearing gloves, sanitizing our instruments and tools, disinfecting our treatment rooms, operating rooms, and checkin and checkout desks are part of our regular daily practice and occurs frequently throughout the day - regardless of season or sickness. Additionally, our practice undergoes weekly deep cleaning. We do this to ensure that our patients can trust Premier Plastic Surgery & Acqua Blu not only for their treatment but also for the practice environment. 

We're closely following the guidelines of The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), The World Health Organization (WHO) and The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and doing everything we can to keep our communities safe. We have provided hospital-grade antibacterial hand gel sanitizers in our office and are requiring each staff member and patient to use it upon their arrival. We have added more frequent disinfecting of high touch areas to our already rigorous sanitation standards. This will include the front door, the point of sale computer and surface areas, patient seating areas, treatment rooms, and bathrooms.

We are requesting that both patients and our staff take steps to reduce the transmission of communicable diseases by following these important guidelines:

  1. Stay home when you are sick and for at least 24 hours after you are free of fever (100 degrees F or 37.8 degrees C), or signs of a fever without the use of fever-reducing medication. 
  2. Wash your hands frequently with warm, soapy water for a minimum of 20 seconds.
  3. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol.
  4. Cover your mouth with tissue when you sneeze and discard the tissue into the trash.
  5. Avoid people who are sick with respiratory symptoms.
  6. Clean and disinfect household objects and surfaces in your home.

We are committed to exceeding your expectations at this time. Thank you for the opportunity to serve you, in this time and always. And, while it's tough to imagine, we're all hopeful that brighter days will be here again soon. We're all in this together!

Stay safe and healthy. 

Dr Brian Heil & Staff 

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