Here is a quick look at some of the plastic surgery procedures we perform, as described by the American Society of Plastic Surgery.  A more detailed description of each procedure can be provided by our staff, who can be contacted via the contact form to the right. 

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Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty)
Nose Surgery (Rhinoplasty)
Breast Enlargement (Augmentation Mammaplasty)
Breast Reconstruction (following breast removal)
Facelift (Rhytidectomy)
Liposuction
Tummy-tuck (Abdominoplasty)
TCA peels
Glycolic acid peels
Botoxģ injections
Fillers to include Restylaneģ, Cosmoplast, Captique

 



Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty)

Purpose:   To correct drooping eyelids or puffy bags below the eyes.
How itís done:   Excess fat, skin and muscle are removed through small incisions hidden within the folds of the eyelids.
Recovery:   Patients usually return to work within 10 days. However, it may take several weeks for all the bruising and swelling to disappear.
Staying power:   The results last for several years and may even be permanent.

 



Nose Surgery (Rhinoplasty)

Purpose:   To reshape the nose so that it harmonizes with other facial features.
How itís done:   The procedure is customized to bring about the desired outcome. This may mean changing the size of the nose, removing a hump, changing the shape of the tip or bridge, narrowing the span of the nostrils or changing the angle between the nose and the upper lip.
Recovery:   Within two weeks, most patients are back to work. However, the final result of nose surgery may not become fully apparent for one year or more.
Staying power:   Permanent

 



Breast Enlargement (Augmentation Mammaplasty)

Purpose:   To enhance the size and shape of the breasts
How itís done:   Implants are positioned behind the breasts or chest muscle and inflated with saline solution.
Recovery:   Women may often return to work within a few days but need to avoid physical contact with the breasts for about a month. The scars may take several months to a year to fade.
Staying power:   This will vary. Implants may require removal or replacement.


 

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Breast Reconstruction (following breast removal)

Purpose:   To create a natural-looking breast to replace one that has been removed because of breast cancer.
How itís done:   A number of methods may be used to rebuild the breast. Commonly, the chest muscle is stretched and an implant is inserted beneath the chest muscle. Or, a breast may be formed using skin, fat and muscle from other parts of the body, such as the back, abdomen or buttocks. The nipple and areola are reconstructed in a later procedure.
Recovery:   For most women, recovery may take six weeks. It may take up to two years for scars to fade.
Staying power:   Permanent. However, the breastís shape may change with aging and weight fluctuation.

 



Facelift (Rhytidectomy)

Purpose:   To rejuvenate the appearance of the face by tightening the skin (and, sometimes, the muscles) of the face, chin and neck.
How itís done:   Working through incisions mostly hidden behind the hairline, excess facial fat and skin are removed and muscles are tightened.
Recovery:   Patients typically return to work within two weeks. Most of the bruising and swelling subsides after 2-3 weeks.
Staying power:   Facelifts may last up to 10 years.

 



Liposuction

Purpose:   To improve the contour of the body, face, neck, arms and/or legs.
How itís done:   Exercise-resistant pockets of fat are suctioned from the body with a tube and vacuum device.
Recovery:   Most people are back to work within two weeks but they need to avoid strenuous activity for about a month. The final result may not be visible until several months have passed and the swelling subsides.
Staying power:   Permanent, with sensible diet and exercise.

 



Tummy-tuck (Abdominoplasty)

Purpose:   To remove excess fat and skin and, in some cases, restore weakened or separated muscles.
How itís done:   Working through an incision in the area between the pubic hairline and the navel, weakened abdominal muscles are repaired and excess fat, tissue and skin is removed. Liposuction can be combined with a tummy-tuck.
Recovery:   Most people are ready to return to work and normal activity in a few weeks, so long as they do not engage in any heavy lifting or vigorous exercise.
Staying power:   Permanent although the positive outcome can be greatly diminished by significant fluctuations in weight.

 



For additional information, visit the website for the American Society of Plastic Surgery at www.plasticsurgery.org

In addition to surgical services, we offer TCA peels, Glycolic acid peels, Botoxģ injections, fillers to include Restylaneģ, Cosmoplast, Captique and skin care products including Prevageģ, Kinerase and Forticelle.
 

The staff at Plastic Surgical Associates of Pittsburgh are eager to answer any of your questions as well as assist you in any of your decisions.
 

 

 

 


 

 

 
 


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