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At Acqua Blu Medical Spa, our facial treatments are second to none. We offer a broad variety of facial treatments for patients looking to bring a healthy glow to their skin. Our certified aesthetician and laser specialists have spent many years in the cosmetic field, giving them the know-how and experience to ensure you receive the correct treatment and that it is delivered masterfully. Our goal is to provide you with a treatment that is comfortable, relaxing and results-oriented.

DiamondTone and PowerPeel Microdermabrasion

As a general rejuvenation treatment for the face, microdermabrasion effectively reduces surface blemishes while also stimulating collagen growth in the skin. This creates a smoother, younger appearance in the face while also promoting healthy skin. At Acqua Blu Medical Spa, our licensed aestheticians have delivered countless microdermabrasion sessions, giving them the experience necessary to deliver an exceptional results-oriented microdermabrasion treatment.

What is microdermabrasion

Microdermabrasion is great as a standalone procedure, and it may also be done as a comprehensive rejuvenation program. By unclogging the pores and removing surface layers of skin, it gives your skin the opportunity to restore its vitality. At Acqua Blu Medical Spa, we use microdermabrasion to:

  • Reduce the appearance of age spots and blackheads
  • Improve skin discoloration
  • Exfoliate the skin, resulting in a refreshed glow
  • Reduce surface scars, including acne scars
  • Give the skin a smoother surface
  • Reduce enlarged pores
  • Reduce fine lines
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Mesoestetic Chemical Peels

Time affects us all and as a result small imperfections start to appear such as acne, shine, dilated pores, wrinkles, dull skin and even dark spots. If you add the effects of adolescence, pregnancy or menopause, you can see that your skin tends to lose its ability to renew cells. A chemical peel accelerates the natural flaking of the skin, eliminating dead skin cells and impurities, providing the tissue with oxygen and reactivating mechanisms of cell regeneration and renewal. After a peel, the epidermis thickens leaving the skin with a youthful glow, enhancing elasticity and luminosity. Acqua Blu Medical Spa’s experienced medical aestheticians will recommend the best peel that is suited to your skincare needs.

Acqua Blu Medical Spa performs the complete line of safe and efficient Mesoestetic Chemical Peels. This wide range of exclusive products is formulated with a precise combination of exfoliative agents to prevent and correct the most specific aesthetic disorders such as acne, aging and hyperpigmentation. The effects of the peel are noticeable from the very first application: it purifies and oxygenates the skin, reduces pore size and smoothes the skin’s surface, combats the effects of aging by diminishing wrinkles, lightens and softens dark spots, and reduces the appearance of acne and scars. These chemical peels can be applied to any part of the body but it is critical to remember that you must wear a broadband sunblock of SPF 30 or greater to protect your skin from the sun’s rays.

Another popular chemical peel treatment available at Acqua Blu is the Mesoestetic Cosmelan Peel. Cosmelan is a power-level treatment program for the reduction and control of brown spots, skin discoloration, and hormonal hyperpigmenation. Cosmelan has been used for many years both at Acqua Blu Medical Spa and abroad and achieves some of the highest levels of pigment reduction available in a topical formulation.

Cosmelan is a highly successful treatment for skins of all types and ages. Skin discoloration bothers a huge percentage of the population in the Pittsburgh area. Llifting pigmentation and keeping pigment formation under control is the dual goal of Cosmelan – and it really works.

Before & After (photo taken 5 days post treatment with one treatment mask)

Facial Rejuvenation in Pittsburgh
Facial Rejuvenation in Pittsburgh
Facial Rejuvenation in Pittsburgh
Facial Rejuvenation in Pittsburgh

Dermaplaning

Acqua Blu Medical Spa with offices in Pittsburgh and Wexford provides top rated Dermaplaning Treatments throughout the Pittsburgh area.

What is Dermaplaning?

Dermaplaning is a precise, elegant and highly effective superficial exfoliation. “Planing” as it is commonly referred to, relies on the simplest of tools but the most artful of skill to deeply scrape and exfoliate away the top layers of inert skin. This low tech treatment yields the highest dividends in skin toning, clarifying and re-texturizing and is ideally suited for all ages and skin types. Dermaplaning also removes hair from the treated areas leaving behind a smooth, beautiful face free from embarrassing and unwanted hair. Dermaplaning does not remove the root of facial hair, but instead removes the hair that sits above the epidermis. Dermaplaning is designed to work effectively with the vellous hairs found on your face and prevents hair from appearing thicker or darker as it grows back in.

How does Dermaplaning work?

Dermaplaning can remove up to 2 to 3 weeks worth of rough, dead skin and build up can be performed every 3 to 4 weeks. Dermaplaning uses a specifically-developed blade that can safely remove layers of dead skin. The blade is held at a 45 degree angle to the skin while your medical aesthetician gently moves the blade along the surface of your face and manipulates the skin with their hands. Depending upon the severity and depth at which dead and unwanted skin sits on the face the length of your treatment may range from several minutes to an hour. Deeper lines and more severe build up of dead skin require more layers of skin to be removed.

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RejuvaPen

RejuvaPen is a micro-needling system that uses a specialized “pen” containing a cartridge with nine small needles. But please do not let this turn you off! These are extremely tiny micro-needles that lead to great results.

The RejuvaPen is an ideal treatment if you are looking for a procedure to treat scarring, especially if you have scarring due to acne. The RujuvaPen needles work to break up the tethering in the scar, which results in less indentation and greater smoothness on the surface. Essentially, RejuvaPen stimulates the body’s natural healing powers and gives the scar a second chance to repair itself – without surgery or lasers.

Should I Use RejuvaPen?

RejuvaPen is most commonly used at Acqua Blu Medical Spa to treat acne scarring, but it can be used for many different types of scarring on other parts of the body. For example, stretch marks, which are a type of scar, can be treated with RejuvaPen. Another common skin concern we have been using the RejuvaPen is for melasma, which can’t be treated with lasers.

It’s important to understand that scarring is permanent and we can’t completely erase a scar. However, we can definitely use RejuvaPen to improve their appearance.

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What Should I Expect?

During your appointment with our medical aesthetician may apply a topical numbing cream to help minimize any discomfort. The cream will be applied 20 minutes prior to the appointment. The treatment itself feels a bit like sandpaper going over the skin. Some scarred areas can be more sensitive than other, so parts of the session will be less comfortable than others.

After the treatment, patients generally don’t feel any discomfort, although the treated area is likely to be sensitive. We instruct patients to using mild, gentle products and sunscreen after the treatment. Makeup can be applied the next day. Patients should expect to be very red the day of and the day after a RejuvaPen treatment. Your provider will recommend scheduling two days of downtime and staying out of the sun. For example, you can schedule your appointment on Friday and use the weekend as downtime. The redness is typically gone in 48 hours.

How Long Do the Results Last?

RejuvaPen isn’t like other temporary cosmetic procedures that require maintenance. RejuvaPen is about ongoing improvement. We recommend starting with three RejuvaPen sessions. You’re likely to see incremental improvement with each session. After completing the series, many patients continue with one or two additional sessions because they’re so pleased with the results.

In other words, patients don’t come back because of a regression. They come back because they see the improvement and want to continue the progress. Want more information about RejuvaPen and reducing the appearance of scars? Contact us at 724.269.2726 to schedule a complimentary consultation.

eMatrix Sublative Rejuvenation

Skin Rejuvenation for ALL Skin Types

The All Skin Color, All Skin Type Non-Laser Skin Rejuvenation System. Get effects similar to laser without the laser side effects on skins prone to discoloration.

Why should physicians be reluctant to use laser on ethnically mixed skin?

Skin with a genetic likelihood of hyperpigmentation is always at risk with laser treatments because lasers, even with all the cooling mechanisms at hand, affect the upper layers of skin. This often means post-treatment hyper pigmentation as the top layers of the skin are also impacted by the laser. And while it is temporary, hyperpigmentation is always an undesirable side effect.

The eMatrix™ Sublative Rejuvenation treatment provides a way to reduce the risk of post treatment hyperpigmentation to a mere fraction of the risks posed by laser because the RF energy is not absorbed by the pigment-producing cells

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What improvements can be made with a eMatrix™ treatment?

  • Acne scarring and other scars
  • Laxity and poor tone
  • Poor skin texture, tone or enlarged pores
  • Fine lines and wrinkles
  • Sun damage
  • Superficial Skin Lesions

Recovery & Results

After treatment, your skin will likely look pink or red and feel warm like you have a sunburn. The pinkness will last one to two days. Because the treatment is non-ablative, you will be able to wash treated areas and wear make up the very next day.

You will most likely see results after the first treatment and your skin will continue to improve for up to six months post treatment. Because eMatrix renews collagen production, your lifestyle and exposure to the sun will significantly influence how long your results will last. As with all Acqua Blu treatments, your provider will strongly recommend daily use of sunscreen.

Facial Rejuvenation in Pittsburgh
Facial Rejuvenation in Pittsburgh
Facial Rejuvenation in Pittsburgh
Facial Rejuvenation in Pittsburgh

Fractional RF Microneedling

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Combined Fractional CO2 Laser plus RF Micro Needling

At Acqua Blu Medical Spa we are always leading the way, introducing new, ground breaking treatments and methods. One worth mentioning is the Fraxis Duo.

Like most things that include the word “duo”, the Fraxis Duo is a combination of two different and successful treatments. Fractional CO2 laser and RF Micro Needling. Combined, the two treatments target two completely separate areas. The CO2 Laser targets the superficial stimulation while the Micro Needling targets deeper into the skin, meaning it achieves a great deal more during the one session. A 2-4-1 deal! Who doesn’t love that!?

Combination therapy for optimal treatment result: Fractional CO2 and RF Micro Needling

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What is a Fractional C02 Laser?

  • Tone and Texture Improvement
  • Pore Reduction
  • Wrinkle Reduction
  • Skin Restoration
  • Skin Tightening and Lifting
  • Scars and Stretch Marks
  • Skin Lifting
  • Acne Scar and Stretch Mark Treatment
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How it works

If you would like to learn more about the amazing benefits of our Fraxis CO2 Laser and RF Micro Needling treatments, or for a complimentary skin consultation to discuss whether you are an ideal candidate, call Acqua Blu Medical Spa at 724.269.2726 or request a consultation online.

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PCA SKIN® Professional Treatments

Professionally PCA SKIN applied peel solutions exfoliate dead skin cells and help healthy skin cells rise to the surface. These treatments allow deeper layers of fresh and untouched skin to be revealed. The result of monthly treatments can even skin tone, clear acne, improve the appearance of aging skin and make dull complexions glow.

Peels are safe for all skin types, and Acqua Blu Medical Spa’s PCA Certified Providers are trained to identify what treatment combination is safe for each person’s skin in order for patients to reap the greatest benefits. Professional peels are increasingly effective with pre- and post-treatment care, balancing your skin before the peel and nurturing it after the treatment.

Pre and Post Treatment

Acqua Blu offers a comprehensive variety of PCA SKIN’s daily care products in our Pittsburgh and Wexford locations. These products if used in the weeks before your professional treatment are an important step in preparing your skin and ensuring excellent results. Skin that is balanced and healthy will help reduce the risk of complications and typically lead to better treatment results.

Equally as important, post-treatment products are designed to be used after a chemical peel to minimize the potential for uncommon side effects. Our medical spa in Pittsburgh and Wexford can offer wide range of PCA and other medical-grade products to be used following treatment. In preparation for your treatment, your provider will evaluate your skin to determine the most effective combination of daily care products for you.

Facial Rejuvenation in Pittsburgh
Facial Rejuvenation in Pittsburgh
Facial Rejuvenation in Pittsburgh

Update Regarding COVID-19 View Update Virtual Consultation

To our Premier & Acqua Blu community,

April 1st Update:

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this uncertain time. Please know focusing on your safety and care is my number one priority.

I want to thank you for your understanding as we need to postpone your appointment until it is safe to proceed.

Medical spa treatments including injectables and laser therapies currently scheduled April 1 through April 30 are being postponed in order to maintain social distancing recommendations. We hope to return in May. We are offering priority scheduling for you and you can arrange your appointment by calling Renee at 724.747.7062 or email [email protected]

For those patients who have a cosmetic/plastic surgery consultation with me in April, I am offering virtual consultations for those who are interested. To arrange this appointment, please call Dana at 412.953.3373 or email [email protected] If you prefer to reschedule an in-office consultation with me, we are also offering priority scheduling at this time. Dana can arrange this appointment, as well.

It is our mission at Premier and Acqua Blu to always lead with safety and integrity. Please know that as we work to do what's right during this crisis, we will work just as hard to accommodate our patients with VIP care when this has passed.

I hope you and your families have a safe and connecting time at home. I wish you all safety and health.

Sincerely,

Brian V. Heil, MD

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 or . 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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