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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 If you prefer, instantly book your own appointment using our free mobile app. It’s available for download from iTunes and Google Play.

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

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

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

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

Introducing Rejuvalyft on Thursday June 30 – Refresh, renew and lift your looks without surgery!

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On Thursday June 30, we will launch an exciting new service here at Golla Center: Rejuvalyft™

Call Us to RSVP – Space is limited! 412-963-6677


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!

Dr. Valenzuela will be here to discuss the options available, and will offer on site consultations.

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

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How does Dysport improve frown lines?

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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.

Our New Weight Loss Program

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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.

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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:
Thyroid Panel
Lipid Panel
CMP- Complete Metabolic Panel
Hemoglobin A1C
Specific Male or Female Hormone Panels

For more information call us at – (412) 963-6677