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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.

Getting Ready For Swimsuit Season

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It’s springtime – the birds are singing, the flowers are blooming, and the racks at your favorite department store are full of this summer’s latest swimsuit fashions. Love it or hate it, you’ll have to try them on eventually. If the dressing room mirror is not your BFF, you can get swimsuit ready in no time with Liposonix.

Because each human body stores fat in its own unique ways, this treatment is completely customizable for tailor made results. Liposonix uses high intensity focused ultrasound technology to penetrate beneath your skin’s layers and target the specific fat tissue you wish to destroy without harming any of the surrounding tissue. Results are uniform and predictable, and a single treatment usually results in the loss of about one inch around the waistline. It’s the perfect solution for individuals who have plateaued despite a healthy diet and exercise lifestyle.

Probably the best part about the Liposonix fat loss treatment is that it is completely non-invasive. This means that you’ll have virtually no downtime following treatment and can immediately resume your normal activities. Each session requires about an hour to complete, and while many clients find that a single treatment is sufficient, others choose to continue on with additional treatments focusing on other areas. During the procedure you may experience sensations of warmth or coldness in the area, or perhaps a tingling feeling. You may also experience some discomfort or redness at the site immediately following the procedure, but generally the aftereffects are minimal for most patients. Individual results do vary somewhat but you can expect to see the final results within 8 to 12 weeks following your treatment.

Ready to find the perfect swimsuit? The team here at the Golla Center for Plastic Surgery & Spa is ready to help you lose those last few inches that just won’t go away. 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.

Talking About Latisse For Lashes

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Some people are born with thick, full eyelashes, and some of us just aren’t. And to add insult to injury, some of us lose those thick eyelashes as we age and our bodies decide not to put as much energy into replacing the lashes that fall out naturally over time. There are several options to combat this issue from using multiple layers of mascara every morning – and taking the time to remove them every night – to getting individual lash extensions applied. But there’s also another option. It’s a pharmaceutical that actually encourages your body to grow longer, thicker eyelashes. It’s called Latisse.\r\n\r\nIt began in 2001 as an eye-drop form of glaucoma medication manufactured by Allergan. Eye doctors noticed that their patients using the drops also developed longer, thicker eyelashes over time, and that lead to further research about using it for cosmetic purposes as well. The FDA approved this additional use in 2008, and Latisse was born.\r\n\r\nResearch showed that Latisse worked to promote longer, thicker eyelash growth with continued use. It’s quite simple to use. Using the sterile applicators included with the product, you simply dab the liquid along your upper lash line. Be sure that your makeup has been completely removed and that your face is clean before applying, and that you’ve removed your contact lenses, too. Make it a part of your nightly routine, and you’ll begin to see results after the first two months.\r\n\r\nClinical studies showed a 25% increase in lash length at the end of a four-month trial period. During that time there was also a 106% increase in lash thickness and fullness, and lashes were darker by about 18% too. The best part is that this is a very safe product for most people to use.\r\n\r\nIf you’re ready to grow longer, thicker lashes of your own come and speak with us here at the Golla Center for Plastic Surgery & Spa. We have professional advice and the best technology available to answer all of your cosmetic questions. 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 appointments@gollaplasticsurgery.com. You can also use our convenient mobile app to instantly make your own appointment. It’s available for free download from Google or iTunes.

Plastic Surgery – Know Before You Go

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Sometimes life creates a situation that requires you to seek the advice of a plastic surgeon, and sometimes you come to that decision all on your own. The underlying cause can be either simple or complex. You may be looking for a licensed, professional facility for optional beauty treatments, or you may need medical advice and assistance for something more serious. No matter what may be urging you to make that appointment, there are a few fundamentals to understand before you go so that you can get the most from your experience.

First of all, a plastic surgeon is more than your average medical doctor. As with most physicians, plastic surgeons need to work in two worlds at the same time – that of the body as well as that of the mind. Most clients come to an appointment full of expectation and hope, and a good plastic surgeon will find a way to speak to both the individual’s emotional needs as well as the physical ones. When you have your consultation appointment, be as forthright and honest as you possibly can. It’s not always easy to do with someone you’ve only just met, but it can have a profound effect on your outcomes.

And speaking of that consultation appointment, come prepared to listen with an open mind too. While your expectations may seem reasonable when you’re looking in the mirror at home, they may not be quite based in medical reality. Your plastic surgeon is a talented professional, but he or she cannot perform miracles. What you can expect to hear is how to achieve a better version of yourself through his or her intervention.

Probably the most important thing to understand before going to your appointment is that no matter what treatments you may ultimately elect to have, they won’t fix your life. Only you can do that. You’ll look better and will most likely be healthier too, but there are some issues that you’ll just have to work out whether or not you decide to have those cosmetic services. Hopefully the increased confidence and self-esteem that results from your treatments will go a long way toward helping you achieve your goals.

When you’re in need of cosmetic advice, 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 appointments@gollaplasticsurgery.com.