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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.

 

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 appointments@gollaplasticsurgery.com.

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 appointments@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.

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 appointments@gollaplasticsurgery.com.

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 appointments@gollaplasticsurgery.com.