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No More Frowning with Xeomin

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If you’re like most of us, you work hard and you play hard. And both of these usually demand your full focus and attention. When you’re that serious about life, it can be written all over your face. Unfortunately as we grow older, sometimes we end up wearing that serious expression even when we aren’t feeling it. Yes, we’re talking about frown lines. Fortunately there’s a great way to beat the frown with a simple injectable, Xeomin.

The muscles beneath our skin are responsible for forming our facial expressions. As these muscles contract, they force our skin into folds and creases that the rest of the world reads as our expression. Over time, our facial muscles become less and less able to recover from these contractions, and those folds, creases and wrinkles become more and more permanent.

Xeomin is a prescription neurotoxin that is injected by a physician into the muscle beneath the frown line. It blocks the chemicals that cause the muscle to contract, and that lets your muscle relax. On the surface, your skin can return to a more smooth and natural posture, and that means you’ll have less noticeable frown lines. Xeomin differs from other injectables because of the way it’s made. This process isolates only the therapeutic component of the neurotoxin removing any of the ingredients that are necessary for your treatment leaving you with a highly purified product for superior results. You’ll notice the effects of your treatment within one week, and you can expect your results to last from three to six months.

So stop frowning and show the world a smooth, relaxed expression instead. Xeomin services are available from the professional staff 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.

Know Your Options – Belotero Balance

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Ever since Botox hit the stage several years ago, the range of cosmetic injectables available has been constantly expanding, and one category of injectables, the fillers, have really taken off. That’s why it’s important to understand what each particular product can do for you so that you and your doctor can choose the one that best fits your particular needs. For now, let’s take a closer look at Belotero Balance dermal filler.

All fillers work to add volume to those places where your skin has lost its natural resilience and elasticity, aka wrinkles and lines. As skin ages, it loses some of its ability to produce collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid, and these are the components that help skin stay smooth and supple. So when the levels of these components drop, your skin develops lines and wrinkles.

Belotero Balance is designed to address moderate to severe lines and wrinkles such as the deep vertical lines that can appear around the mouth or the deep wrinkles that can appear from the edge of the nose down to the corner of the mouth. It’s made from a combination of hyaluronic acid and other ingredients to help your skin regain its smooth appearance. It’s a flexible gel, and it blends naturally into your skin’s structure to help support it and fill in those crevices.

Application of Belotero Balance is simple and quick. There’s virtually no downtime after your appointment, and you’ll notice an immediate improvement in your skin’s appearance. This is a prescription-only procedure that feels natural to the touch and let’s you maintain normal movement and expression.

If you think that you may be a good candidate for Belotero Balance, come and speak with us 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.

To Get The Best Products, See Your Doctor

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Skin care products are everywhere these days – at high-end department store beauty counters, in the skincare aisle at the drug store, and even next to the boxes of Mr. Bubble at the grocery store. Why then would anyone bother to make a trip to the doctor’s office to buy products that are only available from physicians? Because more often than not, these products are higher quality and pack a more powerful punch than anything you can find elsewhere.

Generally brands available from stores contain lower amounts of active ingredients. This makes them safe for use without medical supervision, and a popular choice for a wider consumer base. While there may be nothing unsafe about these products, they may also not be the best choice for addressing overall skin health and specific skincare needs.

Pharmaceutical-grade products typically can substantiate the claims they make with independent studies. When you combine that with the expertise and supervision of a licensed skincare expert, you’re getting the best possible product along with the best advice for your skin’s individual needs.

But what about the cost? While it’s true that the brands available only from physicians do tend to cost more than what you’ll find on the shelf at your local drugstore, they’re often not as expensive as what you would pay for a product from a department store beauty counter. The reason this is so is actually based more upon marketing than upon active ingredients. It usually costs less for a company to distribute their products through a doctor’s office than it does to work with a large retailer. So you’ll get a higher quality product at a better price, and there’s lots to love about that.

Make sure that you’re giving you skin the best care and products by visiting 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 You Hydrating Or Moisturizing?

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We all know that our bodies are made mostly of water, and that having dull, dry skin means that our surface skin cells aren’t getting enough of it. Skin care products often shout about their moisturizing or hydrating effects, but how do you know which of the two is what your skin really needs? There is a difference between them even if we do tend to think that the two words are interchangeable. It all comes down to the process.

Fighting dryness is important for maintaining the health of our skin, and it’s also the best way to stave off the signs of aging as well as repair any damage caused by our environment. Our skin tries its best to do this by building its own special barrier that locks in moisture. But if you have dry, flaky skin, that’s a sure sign that your skin isn’t able to keep up this line of defense. That’s where moisturizers come into play. They create an additional layer to help your skin retain more of its natural moisture by preventing it from evaporating.

On the other hand, addressing the amount of moisture that’s present in your skin is where hydration comes in. If your skin doesn’t have enough water content to begin with, hydrating products will actually catch more water from your environment and direct it right into your skin. When properly hydrated, your skin will be soft and elastic. So the bottom line is that you need to address both moisturizing as well as hydrating. Dry skin that is moisturized but not well hydrated will look dull and feel tight. Dry skin that is properly hydrated but not moisturized will feel rough and may still be flaky.

To understand exactly what your skin needs, come and see 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.

The Quick & Easy Path To Beautiful

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You’ve made the decision to take a more active role in your life – making good choices about your lifestyle, and creating routines that will help you live and look better as you move forward. Now the only question that remains is how will you fit these good intentions into your busy reality? Look no further than the Medi-Spa at Golla Center free mobile app.

Get immediate access to all aspects of the medi-spa right through your device without ever needing to make a call. Browse our complete menu of services and then make an appointment that best fits your busy schedule. As soon as your new appointment has been confirmed, we’ll notify you right through the app. You can even find any patient forms you may need on the day of your appointment, too.

You can do much more with this app than simply schedule an appointment. Learn more out about Dr. Golla and the staff, and see before-and-after photos of some of our services. Read reviews and view videos about the products and services we have available. You can also refer a friend, and play our scratch-off game for instant prizes. You can even get directions from where you are to any of our nine locations.

Take control of both your schedule and your life with the free mobile app Golla Center for Plastic Surgery & Spa. It’s available for immediate download from iTunes, Google Play, and Amazon. Of course, if you prefer to interact with us in a more traditional fashion, you can always reach us at 412-963-6677 to schedule your consultation, or send us an email at info@gollaplasticsurgery.com. 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. Let’s get you on the path to beautiful.

Because Winter Is Coming

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You probably make quite a few changes as the seasons move through the calendar – changes in the décor around your home, the number of layers added to your wardrobe, even the things you eat (pumpkin latté, anyone?). It’s important to remember to switch up your skincare routine to match the change of seasons too. As we bid farewell to summer, take a moment to think about what you’ll do to care for your skin during the cooler months.

There are two main points to remember as the weather shifts. The first is to make the move to moisture. Cooler air holds less moisture than warmer air, and it will rob the moisture it finds from anything and everything, too. Opt for creamier moisturizers to amp up the hydration factor and consider ones that have added benefits that will help your skin fight off the effects of dry, cold air.

The second thing to remember is to exfoliate regularly. Even though it would seem otherwise, it’s one of the best ways to fight off dry skin. Dry skin has a layer of dead skin cells on top that have already been parched to death. Removing them will let your newly adopted creamier moisturizers do their job by targeting the fresh, new cells waiting below.

But perhaps the most important point in this seasonal transition is to treat your skin like the individual you are. Your skin’s needs as a 30-something are different than your needs as a 20-something, or a 50-something. A skincare professional can help you determine precisely what your skin requires to stay looking its healthiest best all year long.

The team here at the Golla Center for Plastic Surgery & Spa is ready to help you determine the best way to care for your skin’s needs during the inevitable march toward winter. 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.

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.