Because of this, I have to approach each one differently in order to give her a natural-looking breast enhancement. There is so much more to breast implants than deciding on cup size.
Pittsburgh, PA (Vocus) September 23, 2009 -
With silicone implants arriving on the scene in the 60s, women continue to pursue enhancements to their bust-line by increasing size or correcting asymmetry. Breast augmentation is the most popular cosmetic surgery procedure with over 300,000 performed in 2008 according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.
“A woman’s body comes in all shapes, sizes and frames,” says Dr. Heil. “Because of this, I have to approach each one differently in order to give her a natural-looking breast enhancement. There is so much more to breast implants than deciding on cup size.”
For breast enhancement, Pittsburgh and Pennsylvania women receive a thorough evaluation and consultation from Dr. Heil as he works with each one to determine the best size, placement and incision site. While the patient’s desires are taken into account, Dr. Heil must also consider her height, weight, bone structure of the chest, the amount of existing breast tissue and the elasticity of the skin in order to advise the patient on how to get natural-looking results.
“Yes, some patients come in and say I want a D cup,” says Dr. Heil. “It is my job to explain and show her whether or not this will be a natural look for her body. Sometimes a subtle increase in breast size is more aesthetically pleasing than an “in your face” kind of change.”
Premier Plastic Surgery specializes in the use of both Mentor and Allergan brand silicone and saline implants. The companies received their first approval for saline implants in 2000 and then, with the re-admittance of silicone in 2006, approval for their silicone products. Dr. Heil chose these products because of their quality and the backing of the companies.
By offering a choice to his breast augmentation Pittsburgh patients, it is yet another way the procedure is customized for each patient. Silicone provides the most natural results for a woman with very little existing breast tissue because it simulates actual tissue whereas saline would be obvious under a thin covering. However, if there is ample existing tissue, either type offers great results. It also opens up the choices for placement either over or under the muscle and how long the incision is for each patient.
If necessary, Dr. Heil adds ProLipo to the procedure to improve the results. This involves laser liposuction that emulsifies the fat pockets for easy removal. Not all women will need this so it is done on a patient by patient basis. The use of ProLipo enhances the natural look of the implants by smoothing out the breast tissue. If the fat remained, it would alter the shape of the breast and cause a bumpy or asymmetrical look. Because he can spot treat using this procedure, this is just one way Dr. Heil taps into his artistic side for creating and molding the most beautiful and natural-looking breasts possible.
For plastic surgery, Pittsburgh patients visit Dr. Heil’s Cranberry location. The surgical facility is certified by the American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgical Facilities, which monitors the safety, cleanliness and equipment used in the facility. For the convenience of his patient’s, consultations and post-operative care is handled at the Cranberry and the Upper St. Claire offices.
Dr. Heil is board certified and a member of numerous professional organizations as well as a published author of numerous papers on plastic surgery. The state-of-the-art facilities of Premier Plastic Surgery are the culmination of Dr. Heil’s scientific and artistic vision to offer his patients the best possible results.