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Dermaplaning For Smooth Skin Fast

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With the end of summer already in sight, it’s time to begin making yet another seasonal transition. Your wardrobe will change and so should your skin care routine. One way to get a fantastic base line for fall is to begin with a clean slate, literally. Dermaplaning is a fantastic way to start out the new season with fresh, clear skin.

The word defines the process – this is a mechanical way to exfoliate the upper most layer of your skin that’s quick and virtually pain-free. A highly trained aesthetician uses an uber fine blade and small upward strokes to remove that dead layer of skin cells clinging to the surface of your skin. It may sound like shaving, but it’s a completely different process that offers a more even penetration of your skin’s surface than other exfoliating treatments can achieve.

Dermaplaning is fantastic for reducing those early signs of aging such as dark spots or fine lines and wrinkles, and instantly leaves behind a smooth, even texture. It’s also a great option for acne sufferers because it reduces the thickness of the uppermost layer of your skin letting treatment products penetrate more easily. By keeping your pores clear with dermaplaning you’ll also be less prone to breakouts. Your make up will go on more smoothly and sit more naturally on your skin, too. Plus, it’s safe to have a dermaplaning service every three to four weeks.

Why are you waiting? The team here at the Golla Center for Plastic Surgery & Spa can give you smooth, clear skin to kick off your transition to the cooler weather. And with nine locations in Pennsylvania and West Virginia – three of them in the Pittsburgh area alone – you’re never far away. Our friendly, knowledgeable staff and state-of-the-art technology are ready to help you meet all of your beauty goals. Give us a call today on 412-963-6677 to schedule your consultation, or send us an email at info@gollaplasticsurgery.com. If you prefer to instantly make your own appointment, download our convenient app. It’s available for free from iTunes, Google Play, and Amazon.

Tighten Up With Thermage CPT

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It happens to all of us sooner or later. Our skin loses its elasticity and begins to wrinkle or sag, and you’ll notice the appearance of fine lines here and there. And some of us also have to endure the onset of cellulite, which can occur at nearly any time without celebrating more birthdays than you care to remember. Fortunately there’s a non-invasive treatment that can help solve all of these issues – Thermage CPT – and it’s got a fantastic track record.

In the past ten years, more than 2500 physicians have performed the procedure on more than one million patients in over 80 countries. It’s a fantastic solution for problem areas like sagging skin and cellulite just about anywhere on your body – eyes, jowls, neck, belly, arms, bottom, and even that annoying bit just above your knees.

This is not a laser treatment. Thermage CPT uses a form of radio frequency energy that works to both tighten up the existing collagen in your skin while also stimulating your skin to produce even more collagen. This one-two punch makes your skin tighter and smoother in appearance with a completely non-invasive procedure. You’ll even see natural-looking results from just a single treatment with virtually no down time afterwards. Even better still, you’ll see continued improvement in the days and weeks following your treatment as your body produces more collagen, and these results can last for years.

The medical team here at the Golla Center for Plastic Surgery & Spa can help you turn back the clock and discover smooth, tight skin once more with Thermage CPT services. And with nine locations in Pennsylvania and West Virginia – three of them in the Pittsburgh area alone – you’re never far away. Our friendly, knowledgeable staff and state-of-the-art technology are ready to help you meet all of your beauty goals. Give us a call today on 412-963-6677 to schedule your consultation, or send us an email at info@gollaplasticsurgery.com. If you prefer to instantly make your own appointment, download our convenient app. It’s available for free from iTunes, Google Play, and Amazon.

 

Weight Loss That Works

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More and more we’re reading about medical research that shows how maintaining a healthy weight is the best way to get and stay healthy over time. But knowing we should lose weight and making it happen are two very different things. That’s why it’s important to have a strategy that will not only help you reach your goal but help you stay there going forward, too.

It’s important to understand that long-term weight loss requires a long-term commitment to the process. So you’ll also need to understand your motivation, and embrace it fully. Make a list of why this is important to you, and look at it whenever you feel tempted to stray. Some people find it helpful to post an actual written list in those places that are most tempting, such as on the door of the fridge or on the cookie jar.

Be realistic about the process. There’s nothing magical about this journey, and if you begin with the understanding that losing a pound or two a week is a success, you’ll feel better able to keep going. In terms of your overall weight loss goal, depending upon your specific needs it may be best to get your physician’s input. Losing 5% of your current weight is usually enough to lower your risk of certain diseases. Set process goals, too. These are the ways in which you plan to attack the issue, such as walking 30 minutes per day. Having strategies like this in place will help you make it all happen.

You’ll also need to work your way toward a new perspective on food and your lifestyle. Weight loss needs to be long term in order to be truly healthy, and that often means adjusting your lifestyle. There will be set backs, but with a long term plan in hand, you’ll be better able to quickly get back on the right path.

The most important thing to realize is that you don’t need to undertake this journey all by yourself. The medical team here at the Golla Center for Plastic Surgery & Spa can help you find the best strategies to make weight loss work best for you. And with nine locations in Pennsylvania and West Virginia – three of them in the Pittsburgh area alone – you’re never far away. Our friendly, knowledgeable staff and state-of-the-art technology are ready to help you meet all of your beauty goals. Give us a call today on 412-963-6677 to schedule your consultation, or send us an email at info@gollaplasticsurgery.com. If you prefer to instantly make your own appointment, download our convenient app. It’s available for free from iTunes, Google Play, and Amazon.

Get To Know NEOCUTIS

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Modern cosmetic surgery procedures can offer amazing results for clients who want to reverse the signs of aging and correct damage done to their skin. But procedures are only a part of the equation. In order to really keep your beautiful skin looking its best, you’ll need to adopt a skincare regimen based upon high-quality practices and products. That’s why we’re proud to offer NEOCUTIS products to our clients.

Available only from physicians, the NEOCUTIS line of products continues to develop and transform the beauty industry by using the latest in technology developments to create their formulas. They focus on the key areas of concern such as aging, discoloration, and oxidative stress as well as redness and dryness. From their beginnings in wound healing research in Lausanne, Switzerland, NEOCUTIS has consistently introduced cutting edge products that target the issues that plague skin health for all of us.

The NEOCUTIS product line is extensive. From broad spectrum products such as Journée, a multifunctional cream for daytime use that includes a powerful antioxidant blend, hydration and sunscreen, to intensive anti-aging products such as MicroŸSerum, a concentrated blend of micro proteins that targets the complex signs of aging skin, as well as peels and professional products, these products offer a complete approach to premium skin care. But they are only available from registered physicians and skin care providers.

You can find the entire NEOCUTIS product line here at the Golla Center for Plastic Surgery & Spa along with the expert advice that you’ll need to use them to their best advantage. Healthy, beautiful skin is our ultimate goal, and we’re proud to be able to share that goal with you. And with nine locations in Pennsylvania and West Virginia – three of them in the Pittsburgh area alone – you’re never far away. Our friendly, knowledgeable staff and state-of-the-art technology are ready to help you meet all of your beauty goals. Give us a call today on 412-963-6677 to schedule your consultation, or send us an email at info@gollaplasticsurgery.com. If you prefer to instantly make your own appointment, download our convenient app. It’s available for free from iTunes, Google Play, and Amazon.

Perfect Brows, Easy Done

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We all know that your eyebrows are an important part of your look. They frame your face and draw attention to your eyes, but sometimes it seems that getting them into shape takes much more time than it should. All of that brushing and shaping and careful drawing can really be a time zap, especially if you’re trying to get out the door in a hurry. Fortunately microblading has come to the rescue.

It’s important to note right up front that microblading is a semi-permanent technique that will give your eyebrows the density and shape that you want them to have. This is not your grandmother’s eyebrow tattoo service. Instead, it’s precise and gentle technique that places thin strokes of pigment just beneath the surface of your skin using a hand held tool. It’s manual, not mechanical, and it gives the impression of thin, natural eyebrow hairs. Your microblading aesthetician is really an artist who specializes in perfect brows every time.

Getting ready for your appointment is quite simple. You’ll get specific instructions based upon your history, such as any medications that you use regularly, but it’s pretty much a walk in and relax service. Because this is such a delicate and precise technique, your first appointment will require some time, but the results can last for up to three years. Many clients choose to return in six to nine months for a quick touch up appointment to keep their brows looking seamlessly perfect. Your aesthetician will also give you after care instructions, but again, it’s pretty straightforward and you’ll look great the moment you walk out the office door.

We’re very proud to offer the microblading services of licensed aesthetician Rama Pappu here at the Golla Center for Plastic Surgery & Spa. An appointment with Rama will save you hours of time getting your eyebrows to look the exactly way you want all day, every day. And with nine locations in Pennsylvania and West Virginia – three of them in the Pittsburgh area alone – you’re never far away. Our friendly, knowledgeable staff and state-of-the-art technology are ready to help you meet all of your beauty goals. Give us a call today on 412-963-6677 to schedule your consultation, or send us an email at info@gollaplasticsurgery.com. If you prefer to instantly make your own appointment, download our convenient app. It’s available for free from iTunes, Google Play, and Amazon.

Massage For Scar Tissue Management

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It’s an unfortunate fact of life that most of us at some point will be faced with an injury or surgery that will result in the formation of scar tissue. It may be from a simple sprain, or from something more complex, but managing the scar tissue that develops during the healing process will be an important step toward regaining full mobility and comfort. The good news is that there’s a form of massage therapy that can be a great help.

Scar tissue is your body’s natural response to injury. It’s made up of collagen, which under normal circumstances would later become healthy new tissue. But when your body puts down a layer of collagen in a random pattern near the injury site, it becomes scar tissue instead. With proper intervention, that scar tissue can be remodeled back into healthy tissue.

Tissue massage of this sort isn’t something that just anyone can do for you. It requires medical knowledge to avoid prolonging your recovery time. Massaging the area too soon can delay your healing. So it’s important to have a medical professional not only assess when you’ll be ready to begin a massage regimen and also follow it through to keep track of your progress.

The actual techniques used are quite similar to more traditional massage services. Using a friction lubricant of some sort, your therapist may use cross friction strokes that run perpendicular to your scar to help realign the collagen into a better pattern. He or she may also use myofascial release techniques that involve using the hands in slow, light motions to massage both your skin and the tissues that lie just beneath. You may also get follow up advice to perform certain stretches in between your appointments to help your body heal itself more completely.

The highly trained team of massage therapists here at the Golla Center for Plastic Surgery & Spa will work with your medical needs to find the best ways to minimize the appearance of scar tissue and maximize your mobility. And with nine locations in Pennsylvania and West Virginia – three of them in the Pittsburgh area alone – you’re never far away. Our friendly, knowledgeable staff and state-of-the-art technology are ready to help you meet all of your beauty goals. Give us a call today on 412-963-6677 to schedule your consultation, or send us an email at info@gollaplasticsurgery.com. If you prefer to instantly make your own appointment, download our convenient app. It’s available for free from iTunes, Google Play, and Amazon.

Taking Care Of Your Skin This Summer

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Summer is finally here, and it’s high time to kick back and relax. Long, sunny days and warm, starry nights give you ample opportunity to do just that. Unfortunately, your skin may end up paying the price for this seasonal bout of hedonism. So here are some tips to let you keep up with both your fun and your healthy glow.

It may seem like preaching to the choir, but sunscreen really is your best friend. Applying it daily is essential, but slapping it on in the morning and forgetting about it just isn’t enough. You need to keep reapplying throughout the day in order for it to be effective. The rule of thumb is to put on more sunscreen every two hours when you’re outside. Use about a teaspoon for your face, and about as much as would fill a shot glass for your body. If you’re not sure which product is best for you, ask a professional for advice.

Keeping your skin well hydrated is also essential. Use moisturizing products and consider investing in a toner spritz that you can use as needed, especially if you’ll be traveling by air at all this summer. Good hydration also comes from within. So keep up your water intake, and opt for summer produce such as something from the melon family. Melons of all sorts are great sources of antioxidants that will help your body naturally fight off signs of aging and cell damage.

The best offense is always a good defense, and that’s precisely what you’ll find at a skin care professional. You’ll get an expert analysis of your skin and its needs, and you’ll also learn about your options for repairing and improving any damage or signs of aging that have already begun to appear. This is always your best source for solid skincare advice.

Get your year round skincare regimen in order with the team here at the Golla Center for Plastic Surgery & Spa. And with nine locations in Pennsylvania and West Virginia – three of them in the Pittsburgh area alone – you’re never far away. Our friendly, knowledgeable staff and state-of-the-art technology are ready to help you meet all of your beauty goals. Give us a call today on 412-963-6677 to schedule your consultation, or send us an email at info@gollaplasticsurgery.com. If you prefer to instantly make your own appointment, download our convenient app. It’s available for free from iTunes, Google Play, and Amazon.

Are Fillers Right For You?

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The war on aging has always been fought simultaneously on a number of fronts, and sometimes it’s easy to get confused about which tactic you should be using to best meet your goals. That’s why it’s vital that you seek the advice of an experienced professional before opting for any procedure that goes beyond your skincare routine at home. To help you know what to ask, here is some background information on dermal fillers, one of the most commonly used procedures in the modern beauty arsenal.

Fillers are a minimally invasive option for anyone wishing to turn back time. Brand names include Sculptra, Restylane, Perlane, Radiesse, and Belotero Balance. These products add volume and change the contours of the area being treated primarily by filling in wrinkles and adding volume. They’re most often used on the face and neck region, but sometimes they’re even used on hands. The results are immediate, the recovery time is minimal, and they are extremely low-risk options for just about everyone.

You’re probably a good candidate for fillers if you have lines or wrinkles around your mouth, eyes or forehead. Other options include plumping up your skin along your cheeks, jaw line or lips. People suffering from scarring or depressions in the skin that are the result of acne, injuries or even congenital imperfections may also benefit from these treatments.

There are three basic types of fillers from which to choose – temporary, semi-permanent and permanent – and there are even some options within these categories as well. Temporary fillers typically are collagen or hyaluronic acid based while more permanent options will usually contain poly-L-lactic acid or PMMA. Your specialist can help you decide which is best for your individual needs and your desired results. Results will last for two to four months for collagen fillers and continue on up through five years for permanent fillers.

When you’re ready to up your game in the war on aging, the team here at the Golla Center for Plastic Surgery & Spa is ready to help. And with nine locations in Pennsylvania and West Virginia – three of them in the Pittsburgh area alone – you’re never far away. Our friendly, knowledgeable staff and state-of-the-art technology are ready to help you meet all of your beauty goals. Give us a call today on 412-963-6677 to schedule your consultation, or send us an email at info@gollaplasticsurgery.com. If you prefer to instantly make your own appointment, download our convenient app. It’s available for free from iTunes, Google Play, and Amazon.

Your Options For Hair Restoration

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It’s not something people typically want to talk about, yet there it is – as plain as the hair that is no longer on your head. Sometimes it happens naturally over time, and sometimes there are more sinister causes. But it can be a devastating development for both men and women alike. Fortunately now you have a number of options to help you fight back against hair loss.

There are some fantastic low and non-invasive options to consider. First of all there is the Laser Therapy Cap. It’s a great option for anyone suffering from excessive shedding, thinning or baldness. The treatment uses a cap that fits over your scalp to deliver medical grade laser therapy. The laser light stimulates circulation in your scalp, and that will deliver more oxygen and nutrients helping to naturally stimulate follicle activity. Another option is Propecia, a daily dose pill that has been in use for over 15 years. It works to lower the levels of the enzyme that promotes hair loss in men. It’s been shown to not only slow down the progression of hair loss but it may actually lead to an increase hair growth.

The more advanced options to combat hair loss have also become less and less invasive over time. For example you may be familiar with the use of microneedling as a skin care therapy. It can also be used in the fight against hair loss. The device uses ultra fine microneedles to deliver hair growth treatments to the deeper levels of your scalp without affecting the surface layer of your skin. It’s another low-invasive option, and there is very little recovery time required. For more advanced hair loss, hair transplant technology may be the best option. But the Scar Less Hair Replacement treatment bears little resemblance to the hair plug transplants of the early days. In this case, individual follicles are harvested and implanted without the need for scalpels or stitches. They are implanted one follicle at a time and give a very natural look, and the recovery time is much faster than you’d think.

If you’re ready to fight back against hair loss, the team here at the Golla Center for Plastic Surgery & Spa is ready to help. And with nine locations in Pennsylvania and West Virginia – three of them in the Pittsburgh area alone – you’re never far away. Our friendly, knowledgeable staff and state-of-the-art technology are ready to help you meet all of your beauty goals. Give us a call today on 412-963-6677 to schedule your consultation, or send us an email at info@gollaplasticsurgery.com. If you prefer to instantly make your own appointment, download our convenient app. It’s available for free from iTunes, Google Play, and Amazon.

Star Fighter Skin Care

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Unless you’re a medical professional, the mention of lasers probably conjures up images of your favorite science fiction movies with beams of bright, multicolored lights shooting across the screen during a futuristic gunfight. Fortunately, that’s not what happens in your dermatologist’s office. Instead, lasers have become an important, non-invasive component in the fight against a whole range of skincare issues.

Today’s laser-based skincare most often uses light waves that penetrate the surface of the skin to stimulate your own natural collagen production. These are intended mostly for anti-aging treatments that will deliver firmer skin with good texture and fewer wrinkles. There is virtually no downtime associated with these treatments, and the client is able to resume his or her normal activities almost immediately.

Dermatologists also use other types of lasers to target specific client needs. For example, fractional lasers have light that is pixelated and touches your skin in a pattern of tiny dots with untouched spaces in between. They are designed to remove just the surface layer of your skin in those spots that the laser touches, and encourage the healthy skin cells to multiply. There is also a picosecond laser, which uses uber-fast pulses of light to help promote collagen production and actually remodel the structure of your skin. It’s often used to treat pigmentation issues.

What’s important to remember is that different types of lasers, and the intended effects they will have on your skin, will determine your recovery time and aftercare routines. Treatments intended to remove or destroy skin cells generally have a more pronounced effect immediately following your appointment, and may dictate longer recovery times. But when used by a highly trained and highly skilled professional, lasers are one of the least invasive and safest ways to treat your skin’s needs.

If you have more questions about laser treatments, or you’re wondering if there’s one that’s right for you, the team here at the Golla Center for Plastic Surgery & Spa is ready to help. And with nine locations in Pennsylvania and West Virginia – three of them in the Pittsburgh area alone – you’re never far away. Our friendly, knowledgeable staff and state-of-the-art technology are ready to help you meet all of your beauty goals. Give us a call today on 412-963-6677 to schedule your consultation, or send us an email at info@gollaplasticsurgery.com.