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Estimates show that anywhere from 40 to 60 percent of men are affected by gynecomastia—the medical term for male breast overdevelopment. If you are a man who has been unable to reduce your breast size by dieting and exercise and are looking for gynecomastia in Pittsburgh, you can turn to this procedure provided by Premier Plastic Surgery.


Why Choose Premier Plastic Surgery for Gynecomastia Treatment?

With surgery from Dr. Brian Heil, gynecomastia treatment can help men seeking physical relief by improving the appearance of their chest to become more masculine and well-defined. Like most surgeries, gynecomastia also goes by the traditional procedure of excisions to remove the excess fat and the loose skin on the chest and the nipples. In this procedure, the plastic surgeon would first make an incision along the border of the areola, which is carried down to the breast tissue. Once this tissue is removed, hemostasis is performed to stop any bleeding. A drain is left after this surgery to prevent any accumulation of fluid near the wound.

Says Dr. Brian Heil, “Gynecomastia surgery helps to remove this excess tissue, which once removed cannot return. This means the remaining skin on the breast gets recontoured to the chest wall. Thus, leaving no indication of male breasts.”

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Liposuction – An Alternative Solution

In another popular technique, gynecomastia or fat accumulation on a man’s chest can be rectified through liposuction. Like all other liposuction procedures, Dr. Heil will create an incision near the arm pit and inject a sterile fluid that will help numb the surrounding tissues in order to reduce any chances of excessive bleeding.

Once this is done, Dr. Heil will insert a cannula that will then begin the process of removing the unwanted fat and chiseling the chest to a normal shape, much like a sculptor’s tool. Usually, liposuction does not require any drains and the patient can resume his normal duties within a rapid time frame.

Gynecomastia patients must use compression garment at least few days post operation for effective recovery. This must be followed up with a good diet and mild exercise to prevent any further return of fat in the area.

Gynecomastia Combinations

Obalon

The procedure for treating gynecomastia involves the removal of male breast tissue. Along with this treatment, other forms of weight loss therapy such as the Obalon Balloon Weight Loss System are commonly prescribed concurrently to assist with proper body weight, shape, and body fat levels. We do not offer Obalon at Premier Plastic Surgery, however, we can recommend alternate treatments to help patients lose weight.

Liposuction

The removal of love handles is also commonly treated along with a gynecomastia procedure. Liposuction can be performed on the sides of the abdomen and along the chest area to reduce the appearance of fatty deposits and irregularities. When performed simultaneously, these two procedures can save recovery time and reduce treatment costs.

Others

A body lift can also be prescribed in addition to these treatments to remove loose skin and fat from around the chest area.

Your Responsibility Prior To Gynecomastia Treatment

Before your gynecomastia in Pittsburgh, there are many things you need to consider. You should first discuss your desired outcome with your surgeon. Your surgeon will then provide you with proper guidance on realistic expectations.

Being upfront about your medical history is also very important. Doctors need to be aware of any past surgeries, drug allergies, medication, and more. Dr. Heil will perform a thorough examination and ask the most relevant questions to ensure you are a good candidate for surgery.

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What Is The Recovery Process After Gynecomastia Surgery?

Recovery time following gynecomastia treatment is often very manageable. It is best to have a friend or family member pick you up and take care of you up to two days following surgery. It is not uncommon to experience minor pain, swelling, or bruising. If pain becomes too severe, contact your doctor immediately.

After a gynecomastia procedure at Premier Plastic Surgery, patients will notice an immediate improvement in the appearance and shape of their chest. It is important for patients to follow a healthy lifestyle, even following their procedure. Just like any form of cosmetic surgery, thsere are benefits as well as risks. Any candidates interested in our gynecomastia treatment in the Pittsburgh and Wexford, PA areas should call 724-264-3608 to schedule a consultation with Premier Plastic Surgery today.

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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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