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Please join us for the Summer Skin Care event of the year!
Specials! Prizes! Complimentary skincare consultations!
20% off our entire line of medical grade skin care products!
Golla Center for Plastic Surgery and Spa
107 Gamma Dr, Ste 210, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15238
On Thursday June 30, we will launch an exciting new service here at Golla Center: Rejuvalyft™
Dr. Pio G. Valenzuela is the only Board Certified, Plastic Surgeon in the area to offer a procedure like this.
What is Rejuvalyft™ ?
Rejuvalyft™ will restore your facial contour and fullness in one visit. No surgery. No scars. No incisions. No sutures. This is a non-surgical, medical spa treatment, using only FDA-approved facial fillers or ‘fat transfer’, a minimally invasive fat transfer procedure using the patients’ own fat cells, to enhance facial volume in all the right places. Rejuvalyft™ restores volume and helps reverse the sagging and flattening effects of aging.
Explore the benefits of Rejuvalyft™:
- Adds Fullness to the Cheeks
- Restores Youthful Dimension to Brows, Cheeks and Lips
- Creates Definition of the Jawline
- Enhances Facial Contours
- Improves Skin Tone
With Rejuvalyft™ the results are undeniable! Meet Caroline, as we Reveal her ‘before and after” images!
Please join us, for complimentary food and beverage!
Event only discounts!
Prizes and product giveaways!
Free Golla Beauty Bags for everyone that attends!!
Call Us – Space is limited! 412-963-6677
What Is Dysport?
Dysport is a prescription injection similar to Botox or Juvederm that is used for the purposes of improving fine lines and wrinkles on the face. It contains a slightly different formulation of the same substance that is used in typical Botox, which uses the Botulinum Toxin A. Some research suggests that Dysport works quicker than Botox and produces longer lasting effects. The purpose of Dysport is to temporarily paralyze the muscles that result in moderate to severe wrinkles between the brows. These lines are often referred to as “frown lines” or “the elevens,” because they look like two vertical lines between the eyebrows when the person frowns.
Who Is Dysport For?
Dysport is ideal for individuals less than 65 years of age. If you have severe deep wrinkling, this product may not work for you. Dysport works well for individuals experiencing moderate to severe frown lines between the eyebrows. Dysport is not for people who have had surgeries on their face, or if they have weak muscles in the area receiving treatment. Individuals with deep facial scarring do not present as good candidates for Dysport. Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding should not use Dysport. People with neurological disorders should consult their plastic surgeon or dermatologist before using Dysport.
The Benefits of Dysport
Dysport is hugely beneficial for men and women with moderate to severe “frown lines” between their eyebrows. A major benefit of Dysport is that it does not significantly alter the appearance of your face, but instead temporarily improves the appearance of frown lines. Unlike Botox, you won’t experience the “frozen face” look that often comes across as exceedingly artificial and fake-looking. Dysport users love that they get to retain their natural look while still improving their facial features. Another benefit of Dysport is that the treatment is extremely quick – less than 30 minutes. With results lasting for up to four months, treatment only needs to be repeated a few times a year. Dysport is a convenient and low-maintenance treatment for frown lines.
How Does Dysport Work?
Dysport reduces the muscle activity of specific muscles on the face that result in wrinkling or noticeable lines. Wrinkles occur in young and older adults, and are caused mainly through repetitive motion and contraction of certain muscle. Dysport is a targeted injection in five points between the eyebrows and above the brow line. It serves to temporarily prevent the contractions which result in wrinkles or “frown lines” between the eyebrows. A huge benefit of Dysport is that you don’t result in a frozen face, which is a common complaint of Botox users. You’ll maintain your natural beauty and won’t look artificial. The treatment takes less than 30 minutes, a perfect lunchtime treat. With little occurrence of side effects or immediate irritation, you can even head back to work after receiving treatment. Results may last up to four months, with immediate results within two to three days following the treatment.
Do you feel as though you have tried everything to lose weight? Fad diets, counting calories, hitting the gym … and the scale still doesn’t budge?
Let our medically trained staff help! We look at each patients individual history and needs and tailor our programs accordingly. We start the process with a Wellness blood panel to address patient specific need and maximize weight loss and work to rebuild your health and wellness.
Main Highlights of our weight loss program:
– Medically trained staff that is treating the person as a whole
– Wellness Blood Test – Helps us to look at the patients overall health and wellness
– Accountability- weekly and daily to ensure program compliance
– Meal Plans- Patient specific
WELLNESS BLOOD TEST – Done at Initial Consultation includes:
CMP- Complete Metabolic Panel
Specific Male or Female Hormone Panels
For more information call us at – (412) 963-6677
Thermage is a non-invasive, safe product which helps in tightening and smoothening contour skin, giving the user a younger appearance overall. It stimulates the natural renewal of collagen, which helps with the treatment and also assists in delivering natural looking results with no downtime on the face, body, colors and forehead.
Thermage procedures effectively and safely treat fine lines and wrinkles on majority of the body parts including the thighs, the hands, tummy and buttocks. It also helps in smoothening the uneven and dimpled skin on the body and temporarily reduces the appearance of cellulite.
Unlike most of the other procedures, thermage treatment will deliver results in a single treatment for majority of the patients. When it comes to wrinkle treatments, thermage is the only non invasive procedure available in the market. The thermage treatment depends on who is getting it and when; the average treatment is about 45 minutes for the face and up to 90 minutes for other body parts but it depends on the size, condition or location of the area that has to be treated. Thermage is a very short procedure and it is a single treatment- it fits well in any person’s busy lifestyle.
How does Thermage work?
The thermage treatment uses radiofrequency technology to heat the deep, collagen rich layers of the skin. The heat helps in remodeling the existing collagen and producing new collagen, which greatly helps in smoothening the texture of the skin and its surface.
Thermage involves no surgery or injections. There is little to no downtime involved. Thermage works on all types of skin both on and off the face. It goes below the surface and treats the problem effectively. It does so by heating the innermost layers of the skin- it is the most effective at renewing collagen, which smoothens the skin and makes the person look younger.
The results of Thermage appear immediately; they are visible right away. They appear over time in the course of the body’s natural collagen rebuilding process. For majority of the patients, measurable results appear within 2-6 months after a single treatment session. The results can however appear depending on the aging process and skin condition.
The biggest benefit of Thermage is that it is a well-known treatment for skin tightening and reducing fat and producing collagen. The procedure delivers excellent and immediate results. Thermage usually last for over 18 months and the maintenance treatments are necessary as a person ages. Another major benefit of Thermage is that it is a onetime procedure and therefore, there is no discomfort involved and no after care either. It is plain, simple and safe and is used to tighten the skin. It is very useful around the abdomen, face and eyes.
Overall, Thermage is a great procedure for treating your skin. It is a non invasive procedure which delivers results right away. It is a onetime procedure that comes without any discomfort and is great for treating the area around the abdomen, face and eyes.
If you find that stress, the natural aging process, or hereditary factors have left the skin on your face sagging, lackluster, and wrinkling, a facelift may be right for you. A face lift can bring your skin back up to its youthful stature, and can promote a rejuvenated complexion that lasts up to ten years. A face lift is common for people who have minor to moderate effects of aging, like sagging, creasing, or jowls. Jowls are the droopy appearance of fat deposits in the cheeks and lower jaw.
What is Facelift?
A face lift is also medically known as a rhytidectomy, and it aids the signs of aging that often appear in the face and neck. During a face lift, a plastic surgeon removes excess skin from focused areas on the face, including the neck and cheeks. The cosmetic surgeon then lifts the skin (hence, the name “face lift”) and tightens the skin over the face. This results in a more youthful appearance and tightened skin.
Who is Facelift for?
If you experience any of the following skin conditions, due to aging or other circumstances, a face lift may be a viable option for you. Face lifts result in a more youthful, toned appearance in the skin of the face. It appears to reverse the effects of aging, and provides overall rejuvenation.
Conditions that may be corrected by a face lift include: significant weight loss that results in loss of skin tone or skin volume; loose skin; excess fat deposits near the jaw or chin which may give the appearance of a double chin; deep creasing; sagging skin.
Face lifts, while extremely helpful for creating a rejuvenated face and reversing some of the effects of aging, does not actually stop the aging process. Hint: nothing does! Though there are a number of creams and serums that boast their anti-aging qualities and claim to help reverse the effects of aging, the face lift is a surgical procedure, and there is no non-surgical alternative. The creams, serums, and other dermatological products may delay the time when a face lift becomes an appropriate option, and they help to enhance the results of the face lift by promoting a healthy and youthful appearance.
What are the benefits of Facelift cosmetic surgery?
A huge benefit of the face lift procedure is that the results can last for up to ten years. This is a huge benefit when you consider the cost of the procedure, and the cost of many expensive cosmetic products that claim to have anti-aging capabilities but really don’t change anything. Another added benefit of a face lift is the boost in self-confidence and self-esteem that results from a more toned and youthful appearance. Wrinkles are immediately lessened or disappear completely as a result of the face lift procedure.
What is Liposuction?
Liposuction, commonly just referred to as “lipo,” is a medical procedure that removes excess fat in specified areas of the body. It serves to enhance the contouring and shaping of the area promote a more supple appearance of the skin. Liposuction is a viable procedure for various areas of the body that have excessive fat, including the thighs, hips, abdomen, arms, facial areas, and even the back. It is not uncommon for liposuction to be performed in conjunction with a number of other procedures, including a tummy tuck.
Who is Liposuction for?
Both men and women are great candidates for the liposuction procedure. Typically, liposuction assists people who have significant excess fat deposits that do not improve or disappear with a healthy diet and exercise. It is not recommended for people who smoke to undergo liposuction procedures. Patients with severe medical conditions or illnesses, or those prone to serious infections, are typically not good candidates for the liposuction procedure as the healing process may be significantly hindered. The surgeon should require that the patient undergoes lab testing or physical evaluations to determine the viability of the liposuction procedure.
The ideal candidate for a liposuction procedure is an adult that is within a 30% range of their “ideal” weight. It’s important to note that a person’s ideal weight may be an objective factor; thus, it is recommended that the liposuction candidate has a healthy self-image and a realistic expectation of the results he or she will experience. Patients with firm, supple skin and healthy muscle tone may experience a faster recovery time and less side effects. The surgeon will consider personal medical history, as well as family medical history, when determining whether an individual is a viable candidate for a liposuction procedure or not. As with any medical procedure, it is crucial for the patient to manage expectations and present his or her goals honestly, in order for the surgeon to be able to align to the patient’s desires.
How is Liposuction Recovery like?
The recovery period for liposuction is similar to that of a tummy tuck procedure in that it requires the patient to wear a compression garment to promote healing and support the operated area. Bandages may be necessary in order to prevent infection and promote additional healing. If necessary, small drains may be attached to incision sites in order to drain blood until proper healing has completed. It is recommended that the patient arranges for a close friend or relative to drive the patient home following the procedure. Our plastic surgeons will instruct you on how to clean and maintain the drains, and will give advice on when the drains will be removed by a medical professional. It’s common for the patient to experience tenderness and swelling for several weeks or months following the procedure. It is crucial to discuss the time frame with your surgeon regarding when normal activity may resume, as the recovery time varies from individual to individual.
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Facials have long been used as cosmetic pick-me-ups for men and women who want a rejuvenated complexion in a short time. With new advances in technology, the spectrum of facials has broadened tremendously. Reliable, effective facials are now available in the comfort of your own home with trusty store-bought premade mixes. There has been a recent trend in homemade facial mixtures, using natural herbs and other ingredients that you likely already have somewhere in your home. On the other hand, professional facials have gained popularity because they have become cheaper and quicker – there are some facials you can get during your lunch break! Now you can get facials that are aided by light technology, which increases the range of benefits and makes the facial more available to people with all different skin types and tones.
What is photofacial?
An IPL photofacial is a facial that uses “intense pulsed light” therapy. This procedure has become increasingly common, and is often referred to as a “Foto Facial.” The procedure simulates minor injuries to the dermis in order to promote healing which ultimately leads to a more rejuvenated complexion. It uses light-based technology to target small areas of the face to treat brown or pigmented spots and stimulate collagen growth. This treatment is not new, but it has received renewed interest in recent months.
Who is photofacial for?
The IPL photofacial is beneficial for people with acne as it may help to eliminate large pores. People who have rosacea are also great candidates for this treatment as it may reduce or diffuse redness in the skin. Photofacials may aid in the repair of small, visible blood vessels on the face. People with sun spots or pigmentation should consider photofacial as a viable solution.
This procedure is a great treatment for people who want to improve the texture of their skin; the photofacial actually stimulates the growth of collagen and can lead to plumper, more youthful skin. Because the procedure is relatively painless, it’s especially popular.
Photofacial treatment is not for people that have deep scarring or a tendency to scar. People with certain skin tones are not good candidates because it may lead to discoloration or de-pigmentation. If you have excessive sagging, photofacial treatment will not treat this condition.
Benefits of photofacial
Aside from the obvious benefits that the photofacial provides, including treatment for many minor skin problems like acne or rosacea, the procedure often costs significantly less than other laser treatments which are used to treat the same things.
Photofacial treatments can be performed in conjunction with other treatments including chemical peels and microdermabrasion. This makes it especially beneficial for people who can take advantage of discounts for group packages on treatments, or who want to knock out multiple treatments within a short period of time.
Check out if a photofacial is right for you today. Your skin can benefit from the light technology treatment and your wallet will benefit from the reasonable prices!