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Get Rid of Frown Lines and Forehead Furrows

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As we get older, we begin to see the joy and frustration of life leaving their marks on our faces. Frown lines and forehead furrows begin to appear. This can make us seem like we are permanently sad or angry, causing others to misread our emotions and character. Treating these lines will improve your appearance and self-esteem. There are several methods available to treat these lines, and some additional things you should consider to prevent them.

First, let’s discuss what you can do at home to help you prevent further frown lines and forehead furrows. Moisturize your skin daily to keep your skin hydrated, it helps to prevent and conceal wrinkles. Wear sunglasses, this will help prevent you from squinting when it’s sunny. Be sure to get a good night of sleep. Not getting enough sleep causes stress, and stress causes wrinkles. If you smoke, you may want to consider quitting. It causes collagen to break down, causing wrinkles. And, if you are prone to squint or furrow your brows, place a small piece of cellophane tape on your forehead at home, this will serve as a reminder to not squint.

Next, we’ll discuss some of the options available to treat your frown lines and forehead furrows. Soft-tissue fillers will restore volume loss, filling in those wrinkles. There are multiple soft-tissue fillers that we use and we will discuss the options in a consultation appointment. The results can last from 6 months to over a year. Another option is a neuromodulator such as Botox, Dysport or Xeomin. These are treatments that reduce muscle activity and prevent muscle contractions that cause frown lines and brow furrows. These treatments can last up to 4 months.

We’d love to schedule a consultation to discuss the treatments available. Dr. Golla at the Golla Center for Plastic Surgery & Spa is a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon in the Pittsburgh area. 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 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 iTunesGoogle Play, and Amazon.

Enhance Your Facial Structure With Facial Implants

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Facial Implants can improve and enhance your facial contours, transforming your facial appearance. If you’re looking to enhance your facial structure than you may benefit from this procedure. There are a variety of facial implants available and the recovery time for this procedure is very minimal. The procedure itself typically takes only 30 to 60 minutes. You’ll want to schedule a consultation to discuss your desires, but you can read more about facial implants before you do.

Chin Implants
A chin implant can increase the size and projection of your chin. This procedure would be beneficial for those that feel they have a small chin, one that disappears into their neck without a defined separation. It’s also beneficial to those that also have a wide forehead or large nose, by balancing out their facial features.

Jaw Implants
A jaw implant can create a stronger and more defined jaw. It’s used to increase the width of your lower face, and is beneficial to those that don’t have a jaw that’s well defined from their neck. Instead of being angled, the jaw slopes down from the ear to the chin. Some individuals, benefit from having both the chin and jaw implant.

Cheek Implants
If you have cheeks that are flat or have a loss of volume, you may benefit from cheek implants. They will lift your cheeks up to add contour to the area and balance out your facial features.

Facial Implants help reverse the sign of aging. With age you’ll notice soft tissue beginning to sag, particularly at your jawline, and your cheeks will lose volume. Facial implants are very beneficial in these circumstances and can take years off your appearance.

If you’d like to discuss how we can help you enhance your best features, give us a call to set up a consultation visit at Golla Center for Plastic Surgery & Spa. 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 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 iTunesGoogle Play, and Amazon.

Erase the Years with Intense Pulsed Light

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Eventually, we all begin to notice that our skin appears less smooth or even-toned than it used to. The sun and other pleasures and stresses of life leave their mark on us. Fortunately, we have advanced technology that can erase some of the years for us. The Intense Pulsed Light (IPL), also called the FotoFacial®, is becoming a popular cosmetic treatment to correct sun spots, age spots, redness and more.

What is a FotoFacial®?
The FotoFacial® uses a laser light to send energy deep into the skin. It removes cells that produce brown discolorations as well as diminishes tiny blood vessels that cause redness of the skin. The IPL also stimulates the production of collagen, this results in tightening of the skin. You’ll leave with skin that is smoother, softer, more even-toned, and tighter. And, it can be used on almost any part of your body, including your hands, feet and neck.

What to Expect
You’ll need to come in for a series of sessions to enjoy a significant improvement. Each treatment you’ll see results. Dark or red spots will begin to fade away before your eyes. There is minimal discomfort after each treatment. You’ll notice skin darkening and mild redness after the procedure, but then it will begin to fade away.

Improve your appearance with a FotoFacial®. You’ll see results after just one session. 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 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 iTunesGoogle Play, and Amazon.

Restoring Your Hair and Confidence for the New Year

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Hair is an important feature of one’s self-image to both men and women. It’s a reflection of who we are and we go to great lengths to groom it to our liking. It’s one of the attributes that we regard when looking for a spouse. An individual experiencing hair loss may also experience a loss of self-esteem. Dr. Golla can help both men and women restore their hair and prevent further hair loss.

Hair is a thing of beauty. At times, it’s difficult for some to achieve the locks that they desire, especially when it begins to thin. Dr. Golla and his staff offer the latest and most comprehensive hair restoration program in the Pittsburgh area. Each program is customized to the individual. Your hair goals are discussed during the initial consultation to determine the best course of action.

There are several treatments available to treat hair loss. If you’re experiencing excessive shredding, thinness and/or baldness you may benefit from low level laser therapy to stimulate hair growth. You’ll come in for a recurring series of appointments. During the appointment, you’ll wear a Laser Therapy Cap that fits over your scalp. The lasers increase oxygen and nutrients throughout your scalp and stimulate hair growth. We also offer a low-level Laser Therapy Cap that you can use in the convenience of your own home.

Individuals with advanced hair loss often are treated with Scar Less Hair Replacement. It’s a breakthrough technology that treats both men and women. It’s minimally invasive and implants your own hair follicles that were harvested. This advanced technology offers the quickest recovery time compared to other surgical hair restoration options available.

Microneedling is another option to resolve hair loss. It involves the use of a CosmoPen. Small punctures are made in the skin to increase the remolding of the skin. This causes new tissue to form and your body to heal the wounds. This generates openings for topical treatments allowing it to penetrate easier. The topical treatments are used in male pattern hair loss treatments.

Dr Golla is a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon who is ready to discuss your personal goals. Our simple hair restoration procedures, restore your hair and prevent further hair loss. 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 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.

 

A More Self-Confident You for the New Year

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We all search for ways to look and feel our best. Typically, the New Year has us analyzing ourselves more than ever. You begin to think about what you’d like to change, perhaps obtain a new job, eat healthier, go to the gym more or improve our body in some way. Women often visit us to discuss how they’d like to improve the size and shape of their breasts. They look to increase or reduce the size of their breasts or improve lift to restore firmness and shape.

Breast augmentation is the surgical placement of breast implants. This procedure is typically used when you’ve lost weight or breast volume after pregnancy. Or if you simply desire a larger cup size.

Mastopexy is the technical terminology for the breast lift. It will restore the firmness and shape of your breasts. If you’re experiencing breasts that have lost their firmness, sag, have a flatter elongated shape or a nipple that points downward or falls below the breast crease, then you may wish to schedule a consultation to discuss if a breast lift is right for you.

A breast reduction may be beneficial if you’re experiencing back and neck pain, skeletal deformities, breathing problems or skin irritation from large, pendulous breasts. This procedure, also called the reduction mammoplasty, is the removal of fat, glandular tissue and skin from the breasts. It will reduce the size of your breasts while making them lighter and firmer. An areola may be reduced during the surgery as well.

Dr Golla is a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon who is ready to discuss your personal goals. Our simple surgical procedures can give you a more balanced figure that you’ve been dreaming of. 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 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 iTunesGoogle Play, and Amazon.

Massage For A Smooth Holiday Season

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Everywhere you go at the moment, you’re surrounded by the “magic” of the holiday season. Crowds traveling to and fro, ads for gifts that will strain your budget, cooking and cleaning for the guests who are already on your doorstep – in your rush to do your part to support all of this magic, you may be forgetting a very important part of the equation: you. It’s important to make sure you’re up to all of these holiday tasks, and the best way to do that is to schedule a massage.

This is not just an indulgence. Yes, it’s a wonderful way to feel better and be more relaxed, but there are proven medical benefits from massage therapy that will keep you healthier while all of that holiday magic conspires to zap your energy and immunity. Stress and anxiety can have a serious detrimental effect on your health and wellbeing. Alleviating them with massage services is a fantastic, non-pharmaceutical way to approach the issue.

The list of potential benefits goes on and on, too. Digestive disorders, insomnia, headaches and even fibromyalgia can all be addressed with massage therapy services. Trips across slippery parking lots can be treacherous, and the resulting aches and pains are also good candidates for massage therapy relief. And there are even more serious medical issues, such as scar tissue therapy as well as cancer treatment relief, that can find relief in massage.

Keep the magic in the season, and enjoy it too, with professional massage services from the team here at the Golla Center for Plastic Surgery & Spa. 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.

Holiday Strategies for Eating Smart

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There’s nothing quite like the food that you enjoy at the holidays. A particular recipe can conjure up all sorts of memories, and just one sniff of the prepared dish can transport you across the years and miles. Unfortunately, holiday food can also wreak havoc with that healthy lifestyle that you work so hard to maintain. That’s why we’re happy to offer these tips that may just keep you from going too far astray during the holiday season this year.

The biggest pitfall most of us encounter while trying to follow a healthy holiday eating plan is the feeling of being deprived. Some of these foods only appear at this time of year, and the thought of missing out may be just too hard to take. Remember this mantra – don’t deprive but minimize. Choose a smaller plate at the buffet table and take no more than half of the serving size that you would normally take. Eat slowly, and savor every bite. You’ll get the same great taste, but by eating more slowly, you’ll give your brain a chance to catch up with your stomach saying that you’re full. And it will be easier to say no thanks to seconds, too.

Another good idea is to load up on something healthy before heading out, even if heading out means only going as far as the coffee table. High-fiber foods such as raw vegetables or whole grains will help you feel fuller for longer, and that will help you stay true to your vow to eat healthy all season long.

Sometimes all you need is a little encouragement to get to your ideal weight, and sometimes you need something more. The team here at the Golla Center for Plastic Surgery & Spa is your best friend when you’re ready to make the changes you need to make to get to that healthy weight. 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.

Stretched To The Limit

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It’s another one of those things that we don’t talk about in polite company – stretch marks. No matter how much we want to embrace them, there they sit. Staring at us in silent accusation of what we did to deserve them. For some of us they’re more of a fact of life than they are for others, but really anybody can develop stretch marks at any point in their lives. And here’s what you need to know about them.

Stretch marks occur when your skin becomes stretched beyond its natural capacity to snap back like a rubber band. This can happen from a growth spurt, weight or muscle gain, or pregnancy, and they can develop just about anywhere on the body. While it’s impossible to prevent stretch marks, you can minimize their appearance if and when they do develop.

The only way to eliminate stretch marks is to surgically remove, such as the process involved in a tummy tuck. If that’s not something that’s right for you, there are a number of ways to minimize how noticeable they are. First of all, some types of stretch marks will naturally fade over time. You can also help them along with treatments that stimulate the production of collagen such as microneedling, microdermabrasion and certain types of laser treatments. Topical retinoids may also be helpful because they too stimulate your skin to produce more collagen.

The best way to decide which treatment is best for you is to consult a trained medical professional. And the team here at the Golla Center for Plastic Surgery & Spa is the perfect place to start. 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.

Cool Weather Skin Care

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The weather has definitely begun to cool off – your garden knows it, and your wardrobe shows it. So don’t let your skin become a billboard for what cooler weather can do, too. Here are few tips to keep in mind as we move into fall and winter that will help your skin look and feel its best.

The first thing to remember about the cooler months is that there is significantly less moisture available for your skin. Not only does cooler air hold less moisture, but central heating and blustery winds both work to steal moisture away from wherever they can find it. Adding more moisturizing to your skin care routine is important, but it can only go so far. Be sure to add these tweaks to really help your skin stay its healthy best.

Switch over to soaps tailored for sensitive skin during the cooler months. Mild, fragrance-free cleansers are your best bet for keeping your skin’s natural moisture barrier intact. And despite the colder temperatures outside, try to resist cranking up the thermostat inside. Put on a sweater rather than raising the temperature, and opt for a shorter, warm shower rather than a long, hot one. Slightly cooler temperatures and durations of 15 minutes or less will strip away less of your body’s naturally protective oils. Consider adding a humidifier to your home or office area. Your skin and your respiratory system will thank you.

For more cool weather TLC for your skin, visit the specialist team here at the Golla Center for Plastic Surgery & Spa. 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.

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.