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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.

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.