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Skin Defense – Know Your Enemy

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Your skin is the single largest organ in your body, and it forms the first line of defense for your health and well being. It’s designed to keep out the bad stuff that assaults your body on a daily basis while helping to maintain a healthy environment on the inside. It’s composed of multiple layers that include proteins, such as collagen and elastin, for structure as well as enzymes and blood cells that help regulate everything from your body temperature to damage repair. Your skin really is your best friend, and good skin care isn’t only about looking your best. It’s also about staying healthy.

As skin ages, it needs a little help to keep doing its job well. We all know about the importance of using a good sunscreen, but there’s more to atmospheric skin aging than just exposure to the sun’s UV rays. We’re also bombarded with a range of airborne pollutants every day, and chief among them is ground level ozone.

Ozone pollution takes a toll on the natural lipids that your skin produces and also attacks its antioxidant reserves. What follows amounts to an avalanche of skin damage that picks up speed as it progresses. Skin that’s been overexposed to ozone ages prematurely, and fine lines, wrinkles and loosening of the skin begin to appear.

Fortunately, there is a range of advanced skincare products specifically designed to counteract the loss of antioxidants. SkinCeuticals provides a line of advanced skincare products backed by science, and used by dermatologists, plastic surgeons, and medi-spas as a fundamental component of their skincare treatments. When combined with a home-based regimen, these products help your skin fight off the damaging onslaught from the environment resulting in healthier skin with visible improvement in the signs of premature aging.

We are proud to offer a full range of SkinCeuticals products here at the Golla Center for Plastic Surgery & Spa for both in-office treatments as well as for use at home. 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.

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Microneedling – Getting Past The Name

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You’ve probably become accustomed to the idea of using an entire range of dermatological therapies to promote better skin, everything from peels and injectables to lasers and dermabrasion. It’s ironic then that the one procedure that is among the simplest and is nearly pain-free should have such a daunting name.

As skin ages, it tends to thin out. Your body produces less and less collagen over time making your skin thinner. Collagen is the compound your body produces to help your skin heal making this treatment an excellent option for those with scarring or stretch marks, too.

Microneedling is basically a mechanical procedure. Your professional will use a pen-like tool that uses uber-tiny needles to create micro punctures into your skin allowing specially formulated serum to penetrate beneath the surface. Before you cringe, know that a topical cream is spread onto your skin first that will numb the area. Each appointment requires only about a half an hour of your time. Once the area has been treated, your skin will naturally send more collagen into the area making it thicker and reducing any scarring over time.

Depending upon the severity of the issue you’re treating, you may need just a few treatments scheduled about a month apart. Dramatic acne scarring may require more treatments, but generally an annual touch up is all that will be required after the initial treatments are complete. The results of microneedling are very natural and subtle, too. And the procedure isn’t just for faces – it will work anywhere on the body that needs attention.

Microneedling is just one of the therapies available here at the Golla Center for Plastic Surgery & Spa. Our highly trained and licensed staff can answer all of your skincare questions and design a customized treatment plan for you. And with nine locations in Pennsylvania and West Virginia – three of them in the Pittsburgh area alone – you’re never far away. 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, instantly book your own appointment using our free mobile app. It’s available for download from iTunes and Google Play.

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Massage – So Much More Than Pampering

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Admit it – the first thing that comes to mind when we mention the word massage is indulgence. And yes, it feels absolutely wonderful to have a highly trained professional find all of those little knots and tight spots, and work them out into the smooth muscles they once were. But new guidelines from the American College of Physicians indicate that massage should be a front-line treatment for chronic lower back pain, well above prescription medications in the list of treatments.

Most body aches and pains fall into the category of acute pain, meaning that they are temporary and will go away once your body has eliminated the inflammation that’s causing them. It may take a few days or even a few weeks, but eventually your body will return to normal and the pain will disappear. This makes them perfect candidates for non-drug therapies, like massage, yoga and heat wraps that will relax the muscles, joints and tendons involved in the episode and bring relief without medication.

On the other hand, some pain is diagnosed as chronic, and all too often even this pain doesn’t respond well to drug therapies either. Continuing with drug therapies in these cases may cause other ailments resulting from the drugs themselves, conditions such as gastritis and stomach upset as well as increased blood pressure. In a small percentage of cases, physicians’ only options may indeed be some sort of medication, but the report encourages providers to explore non-drug options, or the pairing of prescriptions with complementary therapies such as massage, to manage chronic pain.

Here at the Golla Center For Plastic Surgery & Spa, we offer a range of massage therapies with our licensed massage therapist. From deep tissue and sports massage to reflexology for hands and feet, you’ll get a break from aching muscles, improved circulation as well as headache and fibromyalgia relief and improvement in your sleep cycles. You’ll not only feel better, but you’ll also look better as your body relaxes and rebalances itself.

Our team is ready to help you look and feel your best with a full range of cosmetic and body care 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.

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Choosing Between Chemical And Micro Laser Peels

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There comes a time in each of our lives when we know our skin needs some help to repair itself. For some of us this happens sooner rather than later, but rest assured that time catches up with all of us at some point. Maybe you had some issues with acne, or you’ve noticed some discolorations or fine lines beginning to appear. Chances are quite good that you could see significant improvement by getting a peel – but which one is right for you?

There are two basic types of peels to improve your skin’s appearance – chemical and micro laser. Because they use different methods to achieve their results, which is removing the out layer or layers of skin cells, each one has its own best set of applications.

A chemical peel is probably the best-known process as it has been a mainstay of the beauty industry for quite some time. It involves removing the outer layers of skin with an acid-based solution, but just how deep it penetrates depends upon the strength of the solution. It’s a great fix for acne scars and texture issues, and it can also balance out the tone and color of your skin. Depending upon the particular target of the treatment, you may require multiple appointments to achieve the best results.

Micro laser peels use laser technology to target the most superficial layers of skin while also tightening the underlying dermis. The result is rejuvenated skin with visible reduction of scars, wrinkles and discolorations. While this treatment is an excellent choice for just about everyone, it’s often the treatment of choice for clients with more mature skin.

So which treatment is best for your particular needs? That depends upon your individual skin type and tone as well as your cosmetic goals. The good news is that the certified team here at the Golla Center for Plastic Surgery & Spa is ready to help you decide with professional advice and the best technology available. 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.

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Spring Forward With A Spa Facial

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There’s no use denying it, winter can be hard. And it can be especially hard on our skin. Cold air is dry air, and when you combine that with living in centrally heated rooms for months on end, it’s like living in the desert without the benefit of all that nice, warm weather. All of that dry air zaps moisture from everything, including your skin. That’s why now is the perfect time to get your winter skin ready for spring with a salon facial.

Salon facials go well beyond what even a great skin care regimen can do at home. The deep level of cleansing that comes with a salon facial as well as any professional extractions you may require will result in not only uber clean skin, but skin that has been treated as gently as possible throughout the entire process. Add to this the intensive nourishment and moisturizing that comes along with the treatment, and you’ll have fresh, clean and healthy skin despite the dry winter weather.

Physicians and licensed skin care professionals also have access to products and techniques available only to them, and these pros stay current with training and skin care developments all year long. This means that you’ll not only get top-quality service on the day, you’ll also get the best after care advice available. It’s the best of all possible worlds – fantastic products, finely tuned techniques, and a wealth of fact-based professional knowledge with every appointment.

Here at the Golla Center For Plastic Surgery & Spa, we offer a range of facial treatments and products, all of which are designed to be customized to your individual needs in consultation with licensed professionals. We are also proud to offer skin care products from highly respected clinical researchers such as Skin Ceuticals, ZO Skin Health, and O’ssential. Helping you get, and keep, the best skin possible is our ultimate goal.

When you’re ready to shake off winter and look forward to spring, come see us 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.

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Smile More, Smile Brighter

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Feeling comfortable in our bodies is the first step toward looking good. No matter how we drape ourselves in fashion, hairstyles and makeup, we won’t look our best if we don’t genuinely feel good about ourselves. And that self-confidence is important for more than just our good looks – it contributes to our successes with work, relationships, and our sense of self-worth on a daily basis.

A simple way to feel better is to smile more. It’s like a perpetual motion machine for our mood. The more we smile, the better we feel; the better we feel, the more likely we are to smile. The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry published the results of their survey on smiling. Nearly all of us believe that a smile is an important social asset, and almost three-quarters of us feel that an unattractive smile can actually hurt our chances for success. . When asked what single fix respondents would like to make to their smiles, the most common response was to make it whiter and brighter.

Tooth discoloration to some extent is very nearly a fact of life for all of us. As we age, our teeth are more and more likely to stain, and for some of us, genetics and medications will also play a role. Smoking is a big contributor, but so are the tannins found in coffee, tea, and red wine. Fortunately, getting a whiter, brighter smile can be a simple procedure, and we’re happy to offer this new service here at the Golla Center for Plastic Surgery & Spa. In just about an hour, your teeth can become up to ten shades brighter, and with proper follow up care, they can remain that way for a year or more.

Ready to get your smile going brighter than ever? The professional staff here at the Golla Center for Plastic Surgery & Spa can answer all of your questions and design a customized treatment plan for you. And with nine locations in Pennsylvania and West Virginia – three of them in the Pittsburgh area alone – you’re never far away. 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, instantly book your own appointment using our free mobile app. It’s available for download from iTunes and Google Play.

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Combatting Hair Loss

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Let’s face it – we put a high priority on how our hair looks. It’s a fundamental component of our personal style, and our society as a whole spends a good deal of time and money making it look its best. The way our hair looks can contribute significantly to how we feel about ourselves and to our degree of self-confidence. That’s why it can be so devastating when we begin to lose our hair.

First of all, there are a number of reasons why we experience hair loss. Some are temporary and some aren’t, and some of them are fairly easy to fix. For example, there are some dietary reasons why we may lose our hair – a lack of protein, too much Vitamin A, a lack of Vitamin B, anemia, and even dramatic weight loss. There are also medical and chemical reasons such as hypothyroidism, stress, chemotherapy, autoimmune issues, and certain medications. There are even lifestyle components such as over styling and pregnancy that can lead to hair loss. But there are also genetic components such as heredity and male pattern baldness that fall into a completely different category.

This wide range of variables affecting hair loss is why we offer such a comprehensive program for hair restoration for both men and women here at the Golla Center For Plastic Surgery & Spa. Each treatment plan is customized to the individual client depending upon his or her specific needs and goals, and each individual plan is overseen by highly trained and certified medical staff members. Initial consultations are both confidential and entirely free of charge. The goal is ultimately to partner with our clients to prevent further hair loss while restoring their hair as much as possible.

If you have questions about hair loss, visit us at the Golla Center for Plastic Surgery & Spa for your free, confidential consultation. 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.

RejuvaLyft™, Exclusively At The Golla Center

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The holidays may have come and gone for another year, but that doesn’t mean it’s too late to give yourself the perfect gift. And what better gift could you give than a chance to look and feel younger without invasive surgery? Better still it’s affordable and quick, performed by a board certified plastic surgeon in a state-of-the-art medical facility.

RejuvaLyft™ uses a combination of FDA-approved dermal fillers, collagen stimulant enhancers and neurotoxins or the patient’s own fat cells to reverse signs of aging. There are also additional services included that will tighten, smooth and refresh your skin for immediate, longer lasting results.

It all begins with an extensive consultation meant to create a customized service for each client’s individual needs. Then the procedure is performed in a single visit to The Golla Center. The treatment can address skin tones, tighten sagging areas, and add fullness wherever you need it. Most clients are able to get straight back into their normal routines immediately following their appointment.

Perhaps the most important component of the RejuvaLyft™ process is that you’ll get expert advice before, during and after the procedure. Any questions or concerns you may have about either the procedure itself or your particular skincare needs will be immediately addressed by a certified professional. Follow up visits will help you maintain your new look and give you the peace of mind you’ve come to expect from The Golla Center.

The certified team here at the Golla Center for Plastic Surgery & Spa is ready to help you look and feel your best with a range of 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.

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More Than Simply Looking Good at Golla’s

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Most of us realize that losing excess weight is important for better overall health, and that we’ll look that much better when carrying fewer pounds. But there are also specific health benefits from losing weight that often get overlooked in the weight loss conversation. Here are just a few of them that may just be the incentive you need to get started.

You’ll sleep better. Research has proven that losing 5% of your body weight can help you sleep better and longer every night. It’s also a fantastic way to alleviate sleep apnea without resorting to medical, mechanical, or adhesive measures. Plus your partner will appreciate how much less you’re apt to snore once you’ve slimmed down.

Your hormones will be much better balanced. Losing excess weight steadies your hormones and that in turn makes it easier to lose more or maintain your ideal weight. It’s the ultimate Catch 22 scenario. It all revolves around your thyroid gland, which regulates your metabolism and muscle strength through the release of hormones.

Given that we’re well into cold and flu season, you’ll be happy to know that losing weight will also help you avoid those viruses. Your immune system strengthens as you lose excess weight, and that in turn frees it up to fend off colds and the various strains of flu floating around at this time of year. . The process of leading a healthier lifestyle that leads to leaner muscle mass – a better diet, regular sleep, and more exercise – also reinforces your immunity.

All of this is well and good, but it can be difficult to lose excess weight without a good support system. Not to worry. The professional staff here at the Golla Center for Plastic Surgery & Spa is on your side with weight loss plans that will be customized to your individual needs. And with nine locations in Pennsylvania and West Virginia – three of them in the Pittsburgh area alone – you’re never far away. Give us a call today on 412-963-6677 to schedule your consultation, or send us an email at info@gollaplasticsurgery.com.

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The Miracle Injectable – Kybella

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It happens to all of us sooner or later. Gravity and aging work together and stretch the skin below our chins into perfect pockets for the accumulation of fat cells – the dreaded double chin. Fortunately we now have a treatment that doesn’t involve liposuction or surgery to banish that unwanted second chin.

This miracle treatment is an injectable called Kybella, and it mimics what your body does naturally to rid itself of unwanted fat cells. It’s similar in composition to a chemical called deoxycholic acid, which your body produces to help absorb fats. Once those fat cells are destroyed by the injection, they can no longer store or accumulate fat. This means that you probably won’t need further treatment once you reach your target goal.

A Kybella treatment is quick, too. Your specialist will administer several small injections into the area. The exact number will depend upon your individual needs, but generally the treatment only requires 15 to 20 minutes to complete. You may need additional treatments to reach your desired profile, and each one is scheduled at least one month apart.

You’ll be asked about your medical background prior to treatment, and you should be sure to note if you’ve had or are planning to have any face, neck or chin surgery or cosmetic treatments in these areas. Be sure to mention also any medications you’re taking, especially blood thinners.

The reviews from patients receiving Kybella treatments are overwhelmingly positive. They report dramatic results with little down time and virtually no hassle. And as a non-animal, non-human formula, it’s available to just about everyone.

Kybella treatments are available from 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.

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