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Is a Chemical Peel Good for the Skin?

Chemical Peel Application

A chemical peel is an effective option for the treatment of:

  • Sunspots and damage
  • Pigmentation irregularities
  • Fine lines and wrinkles
  • Rough and dry skin
  • Acne
  • Scars

Minimally invasive yet highly effective, the chemical peels offered at Farrell Plastic Surgery & Laser Center are formulated to produce remarkable results in patients with all different skin types. The best way to learn which of our chemical peel options will make the most sense for your needs is through a one-on-one consultation at our Mechanicsburg office.

Do Chemical Peels Make Skin Healthier?

Chemical peels remove dead skin cells from the surface layer of the skin. Depending on the type of peel used, exfoliation may be mild or more pronounced. In both cases, healthier-looking, more radiant skin will be revealed, helping to eliminate previous imperfections. 

As the skin heals itself, natural collagen production is increased. This helps to strengthen and hydrate the skin for a smoother look and feel. Collagen may also work to slow the aging process and assist with a generally more youthful appearance.

Chemical peels can make the skin look and feel healthier. They can stimulate collagen production and eliminate long-standing imperfections. They can help prevent a recurrence of issues like acne, and they offer a safe and effective solution for many patients. If you would like to learn if a chemical peel is right for you, call our office to schedule a consultation today.

A Note on UV Exposure

A chemical peel will make your skin more sensitive to UV damage. To address this, we strongly encourage the frequent application of a high-quality, broad-spectrum sunscreen, limiting your time outside during peak periods of sun, and wearing protective clothing such as sun hats, long sleeves, and sunglasses. These steps can help mitigate UV damage, further protecting the skin from pigmentation irregularities, excessive dryness, and premature aging.

Is a Chemical Peel Right for You?

If you are curious to learn if a chemical peel will make your skin healthier, stronger, and more attractive, please call Farrell Plastic Surgery & Laser Center at 717-732-9000 and schedule a consultation with Dr. Leo or Dr. Deborah Farrell today. Located in Mechanicsburg, we welcome patients from all surrounding areas of Pennsylvania.

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How Often Should You Get Chemical Peels?

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Chemical peels are used to exfoliate surface skin, revealing a smoother and more naturally attractive tone. With a chemical peel, we can address multiple cosmetic concerns such as:

  • Acne scars
  • Fine lines and wrinkles
  • Pigmentation irregularities
  • Sun and age spots
  • Enlarged pores
  • Uneven skin tone

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What Happens When You Get a Mole Removed?

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Moles occur when skin cells cluster together, forming a patch of skin that may appear brown, red, or even black in color. The cause of moles is not always known, but genetics, sun exposure, and lifestyle choices may encourage their growth. Most people have at least one mole. The American Academy of Dermatology estimates 10-40 per person.

Topical moles can be shaved or burned off without much difficulty. Deeper moles may require surgical excision. In all cases, aftercare will be essential to prevent visible scarring. More »

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What Is the Best Dermal Filler to Sculpt the Jawline?

woman with attractive jawline after undergoing dermal filler treatmentA well-defined jawline brings symmetry and balance to your other facial features and is a symbol of attractiveness for men and women alike. If you’d like to add definition to this area of your face, dermal fillers provide an effective, nonsurgical solution to achieve your goals. More »

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BOTOX® Cosmetic vs. Dermal Fillers

Aging may be inevitable, but showing its visible signs doesn’t have to be. Wrinkle relaxers such as BOTOX® Cosmetic and Dysport®, and dermal fillers such as Juvéderm® and Restylane®, work in different ways, but they each can deliver fast results that leave you looking and feeling younger. Woman receiving Botox injection

At Farrell Plastic Surgery and Laser Center, Dr. Deborah Farrell is one of central Pennsylvania’s premier laser and aesthetic medicine physicians. She wants her patients to be informed about the procedures they consider so they can choose the option that best meets their needs. This blog breaks down the differences between wrinkle relaxers and dermal fillers to help you make an informed decision. More »

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When is the Best Time to Get Laser Skin Resurfacing?

Woman getting laser skin resurfacingLaser skin resurfacing works best on lighter, un-tanned skin, and ultraviolet rays from the sun can negatively impact your outcome after treatment. Because of this, winter is the best time to get laser skin resurfacing. Getting the treatment during this season gives you time to heal and allows your results to fully come out before you show them off in the summer.

Winter in central Pennsylvania can feel like it lasts forever, but it doesn’t have to be all cold, dark, and dreary. Laser skin resurfacing from Dr. Deborah Farrell at Farrell Plastic Surgery and Laser Center can turn your winter into a season of excitement and anticipation as you get ready to display your new, youthful look. Read on to learn about why winter is the best time to get laser skin resurfacing. More »

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What is Earlobe Repair?

Woman wearing earrings after earlobe repair surgery
Many men and women wear earrings every day without a second thought as statements of fashion and self-expression. Over time, however, regular wearing of earrings can damage, stretch, and tear your earlobes. Ear gauges leave large holes that are unsightly if you ever take them out.

Thankfully, earlobe repair surgery is an easy, minimally invasive procedure that can fix stretched or torn earlobes and restore a natural appearance. You can even re-pierce your ears afterward. At Farrell Plastic Surgery and Laser Center, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Leo Farrell has decades of experience helping his patients look and feel their best. With a procedure that lasts less than an hour, he can help you too.

Why Get Earlobe Repair?

There are numerous reasons why someone would be a candidate for this procedure, including:

  • Trauma: If something happened that ripped your earrings out, your earlobes may be damaged and torn.
  • Stretching: Years of consistently wearing heavy earrings can stretch your earlobes to the point where they’re deformed.
  • Gauges: Gauges progressively stretch your earlobes wider and wider. Although they are a fashion statement for many people, some jobs do not allow you to leave them in. When gauges are taken out, the earlobe is left with a large, unsightly hole that may not heal on its own.

What is the Earlobe Repair Procedure?

Earlobe repair is a simple, easy surgery performed under local anesthesia on an outpatient basis. After you’re anesthetized, Dr. Farrell will gently trim away the skin lining the hole or tear, then put the edges back together with sutures. Depending on the type of stitches, you may or may not have to get them removed.

The surgery should take between 15 minutes and an hour, depending on the type and amount of damages Dr. Farrell has to repair. You’ll be able to go home and resume your usual activities immediately after the procedure.

What is the Earlobe Repair Recovery Process?

Like the surgery itself, recovery from an earlobe repair procedure is relatively simple. Dr. Farrell will recommend an antibiotic ointment to help keep the wound clean and disinfected. If your sutures need to be removed, they’ll be ready about a week after surgery.

Your earlobes may have a bumpy texture along with slight bruising and redness for a few days after the procedure. However, any pain or discomfort should be so minimal that you won’t even need over-the-counter pain medications.

After about six weeks, you’ll be able to pierce your ears again.

Schedule Your Consultation Today

Dr. Farrell is one of central Pennsylvania’s premier plastic surgeons. In his decades of experience, he has helped thousands of patients solve cosmetic problems and gain self-confidence.

Dr. Farrell serves Harrisburg, Mechanicsburg, and surrounding areas of Pennsylvania. Call (717) 732-9000 today to schedule a consultation.

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Benefits of CoolSculpting

CoolSculpting is a non-surgical, non-invasive fat removal procedure that can contour your body without the need for anesthesia, incisions, or stitches. This infographic lays out the benefits of the treatment and how it can help you achieve the body you’ve always wanted. More »

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Am I a Breast Augmentation Candidate?

Woman after breast augmentation
Breast augmentation is the most popular cosmetic surgical procedure in the United States. It has been since 2006. Last year, more than 300,000 women decided to get breast implants to improve the size, shape, and fullness of their breasts.


If you’re unhappy with the size and shape of your breasts, your confidence and self-esteem may suffer. By helping to give you a body that you’re proud to show off, breast augmentation can improve your body image. At Farrell Plastic Surgery and Laser Center, Dr. Leo Farrell has more than 20 years of plastic surgery experience. To schedule a consultation, call (717) 732-9000 today. More »

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Now Offering the Clear + Brilliant Laser

Woman with nice skin after Clear + Brilliant

At Farrell Plastic Surgery and Laser Center, we’re proud to offer a new, easy treatment for the visible signs of aging: Clear + Brilliant. This non-surgical, non-invasive procedure is designed to gently stimulate collagen production in your skin to help prevent, maintain, and improve issues such as:

  • Enlarged pores
  • Facial wrinkles
  • Laugh lines
  • Frown lines
  • Forehead lines
  • Crow’s feet
  • Rough skin texture
  • Melasma
  • Brown spots

Schedule Your Mechanicsburg Clear + Brilliant Consultation Today

More than 2 million people have used Clear + Brilliant to help reduce visible signs of aging. At Farrell Plastic Surgery and Laser Center, Dr. Deborah Farrell is proud to add the treatment to her repertoire and offer its benefits to her patients. She serves Harrisburg, Mechanicsburg, and nearby areas of Pennsylvania. Call (717) 732-9000 today to schedule a consultation.

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