Non-Surgical Options for Flawless Skin in Your 50s

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Aging is inevitable, but looking old doesn’t have to be. At Farrell Plastic Surgery & Laser Center, we believe that everyone deserves beautiful skin at every stage of life. If you are noticing more spots and discoloration, deeper wrinkles, a loss of elasticity, increasingly larger pores, or any other changes in skin tone, texture, and appearance, we are here to assess your concerns and help you determine how to safely and effectively restore your skin to its healthiest and most attractive state.

Non-Surgical Skin Improvement

Injectables and fillers are among the most popular options for skin rejuvenation after 50. We offer advanced dermal fillers from the Juvéderm® and Restylane® families to add volume to cheeks, mouth area, temples, tear troughs, and more. We also provide BOTOX® Cosmetic and Dysport® to address fine lines and deep wrinkles from the forehead to the chin.

Another popular injectable is Kybella®, a non-surgical option for submental fat (double chin) that can help restore contours to the jawline. Kybella can be used alone or in combination with skin tightening options to help ensure optimal results.

Regarding non-surgical skin tightening, we offer several safe and effective options, including microneedling, laser services, and Thermage®, a radiofrequency treatment that can be used on the face, neck, and more. Skin laxity is common as we age. Fortunately, several non-invasive options can improve this issue without incisions, sutures, or scars.

One of our specialties is laser medicine, a branch of aesthetic medicine that addresses multiple concerns. Depending on your specific needs, Dr. Deborah Farrell may recommend laser treatments to smooth fine lines and wrinkles, remove sun and age spots, tighten loose skin, eliminate spider veins, and more. A Fellow of the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery, Dr. Deborah Farrell is pleased to offer a comprehensive range of laser treatments to address multiple concerns.

In addition to these incredible treatments, we are pleased to offer several med spa services, including facials and microdermabrasion. These services can improve skin tone and texture, diminish pore visibility, smooth fine lines, and more – and all without significant downtime. In between other services or as standalone options, our skin care treatments have been specifically selected for their safety and efficacy.

Ready to Learn More?

The experienced doctors at Farrell Plastic Surgery & Laser Center want to help you look your best at every stage of life. To learn more about how our many surgical and non-service solutions can help you reach your goals, please call 717-732-9000 and schedule a consultation today.

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Non-Surgical Skin Tightening with Thermage

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Skin laxity is an unavoidable part of the aging process. While each of us experiences the loss of elasticity a little bit differently, loose skin, wrinkles, and similar signs of aging will eventually appear, even when care is taken to slow the process.

Surgical options for skin tightening, such as facelift surgery, produce reliable and long-lasting results. But these also require a surgical procedure and recovery period, neither of which are ideal for every individual. At Farrell Plastic Surgery & Laser Center, we are pleased to offer a range of non-surgical skin tightening options, allowing us to produce firmer, more youthful-looking skin without incisions, sutures, or surgical risks.

How Does Thermage® Work?

Thermage uses radiofrequency energy to gently heat deep layers of the skin. This process separates water molecules from collagen fibers, helping to tighten existing strands while stimulating more production of this skin-firming protein.

Stimulating collagen production works to remodel underlying tissue in the treatment area. This ensures long-lasting results, even after a single treatment. In fact, unlike some other non-surgical skin tightening options, optimal outcomes can often be achieved following one session with Thermage, improving results over six to eight months, and lasting several years.

Thermage is typically used to address signs of facial aging, such as fine lines, deep wrinkles, and sagging skin along the jawline. However, this safe and effective treatment can also smooth and tighten skin on the neck, chest, abdomen, and more, giving it a distinct advantage over options that can be used on the face alone. During your initial consultation, we will carefully evaluate your areas of concern, discuss your skin tightening options, and help you determine if Thermage is the best fit for you.

Thermage is exceptionally effective, producing reliable results with very few risks. Most patients resume normal activities immediately after treatment, though some mild redness and skin tightness may be present for the first one to two days. To ensure your comfort during this time, we will provide you with aftercare instructions, including temporary sun avoidance, which can help to protect the skin against further damage.

Contact Us to Learn More

If you are interested in learning more about non-surgical skin tightening with Thermage, please call Farrell Plastic Surgery & Laser Center at 717-732-9000 to schedule a consultation today. Located in Mechanicsburg, we serve all nearby Central Pennsylvania communities.

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Taking Care of Your Skin After a Laser Procedure

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Lasers improve uneven skin tone, mend damaged skin, treat signs of aging such as wrinkles and creases, and make the skin look refreshed and rejuvenated. Lasers can eliminate acne, red spots, visible blood vessels, and similar issues. They can also treat sun damage, including freckles, make skin smoother, and address skin laxity. And to make them more attractive, lasers are noninvasive, can be used on all skin types and tones, and require little to no downtime, but still produce remarkable and long-lasting results.

At Farrell Plastic Surgery and Laser Center, we are pleased to offer the safest and most advanced aesthetic laser procedures available today.

While laser treatments require very little downtime, you can help to improve outcomes and enhance the short recovery period by taking proper care of your skin post-treatment. Below are some suggestions for taking care of your skin after your laser procedure. When you come to our office for treatment, we will also provide you with individualized directions based on factors specific to you and your treatment.

Post Laser Treatment Skin Care

After a cosmetic laser treatment, your skin may feel a bit swollen, sensitive, and irritated. These issues will self-correct within a few days. You can help by applying cold packs and keeping your skin moisturized. Sleeping with your head elevated for a day or two after treatment may also be helpful, though this depends on where you have received treatment.

In addition, you may need to:

  • Use a Gentle Cleanser (Avoid Exfoliants and Harsh Chemicals)
  • Avoid Direct Sunlight as Much as Possible
  • Use an SPF 30+ Sunscreen When Going Outside
  • Keep Skin Clean and Moisturized
  • Stay Hydrated

Laser skin resurfacing causes peeling, much like a sunburn. During this phase, you may have to avoid wearing makeup as well.

We offer a range of laser treatments to address a comprehensive array of issues. Each treatment comes with different aftercare instructions, but most allow for a comfortable return to normal activities within 24 to 48 hours. During your initial consultation, we can discuss recovery and how you can enhance yours to help ensure you have the best possible experience.

Would you like to learn more about our laser treatments? Call Farrell Plastic Surgery & Laser Center at 717-732-9000 to schedule your initial consultation today. Located in Mechanicsburg, we welcome patients from all nearby areas of Pennsylvania.

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What can Fractional Laser Treatment Correct?

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Laser skin resurfacing is a safe and effective way to address several common cosmetic concerns. Most frequently used to correct issues impacting the face and neck, fractional laser treatment can be performed on any part of the body, making it one of the most versatile non-surgical cosmetic procedures.

Fractional lasers use thermal energy to penetrate deeply into the skin, creating columns of damage that stimulate collagen production and the body’s natural healing response. Because they target portions of the skin as opposed to the entire surface area, fractional lasers help to reduce recovery time and increase patient comfort – all without compromising results.

Issues Treated With Fractional Skin Resurfacing

Fractional laser treatment can be used to improve the appearance of skin impacted by:

  • Lines and wrinkles
  • Sun and age spots
  • Uneven texture and tone
  • Acne and surgical scars
  • Large pores
  • Minor laxity

It may take two or more fractional laser treatments to achieve optimal results, particularly for more pronounced issues. However, once desired outcomes have been obtained, they can last for several years.

Designed to be less invasive than many other laser treatments, fractional skin resurfacing requires little downtime. Some redness, swelling, and slight discomfort – similar to a sunburn – may be present for a few days, but these issues should subside quickly with proper care. We will provide specific aftercare instructions to help ensure your recovery is as quick and comfortable as possible. When appropriate, we may suggest professional skincare products to help enhance your experience.

Why Choose Farrell Plastic Surgery & Laser Center

At our Mechanicsburg office, laser skin resurfacing is performed by Dr. Deborah Farrell, a Fellow of the American Society of Laser Medicine and Surgery and one of Central Pennsylvania’s most respected and experienced laser and cosmetic medicine physicians. Attentive, thorough, and thoughtful, Dr. Farrell will take the time to understand your concerns, carefully assess potential treatment areas, and help you decide if laser skin resurfacing can help you reach your goals.

Please call our office at 717-732-9000 to schedule your initial consultation today. We welcome patients from Harrisburg, Carlisle, and all surrounding areas of Pennsylvania.

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Jawline Contouring with Neck Liposuction

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A well-defined jawline is essential for a healthy and youthful-looking profile. However, several factors can conspire to cause skin to sag and excess fat to accumulate along the jawlines and underneath the chins of even the healthiest and most active individuals.

If your jawline has become obscured by loose and sagging skin (jowls) or stubborn fat deposits underneath the chin (double chin), neck liposuction may offer the best solution. With this option, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Leo Farrell can gently remove excess fat along the entire jawline to produce firm and ideally defined contours to the lower face.

Does Neck Liposuction Shrink Skin?

Neck liposuction targets and permanently removes stubborn fat cells from the jaw and chin. For patients with good skin elasticity, skin will conform to the contours produced by neck liposuction naturally. For others, it may be necessary to combine neck liposuction with a neck lift to achieve optimal results.

Combining liposuction with lift techniques is very common. When neck procedures are combined, issues caused by skin laxity, such as turkey waddle and crepey skin, can also be eliminated. Combinations are not necessary in every case, but can help to create the most pleasing results in others. During your initial consultation, Dr. Farrell will assess the quality of your skin to help you determine if a single procedure or a combination will be best for your specific needs.

Non-Surgical Skin Tightening

Non-invasive skin tightening options may also be helpful following neck liposuction. We offer several skin tightening options, including Thermage®, a non-surgical radiofrequency (RF) treatment that can smooth and shrink the skin on the neck and jawline. In addition, we offer a comprehensive range of laser treatments that can assist with skin tightening, which, similar to RF treatments, can produce remarkable results with minimal downtime. CoolSculpting® can remove fat deposits under the chin (double chin), as well as tighten skin in the treatment area.

Our Doctors work together, combining their experience and years of practice to determine the most effective course of treatment for each patient. They are here to listen to your concerns, provide information about your surgical and non-surgical options, and help you choose the most effective solutions for sagging skin and excess fat along the jawline.

To learn more or to schedule your initial consultation, please call Farrell Plastic Surgery & Laser Center at 717-732-9000 today. We serve Harrisburg and surrounding Central Pennsylvania communities from our comfortable, welcoming office in Mechanicsburg.

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Can Lasers Treat Spider Veins?

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Spider veins are very common. These tiny veins, visible through your skin, often come from aging, genetics, or hormonal changes, and usually aren’t indicative of a health issue.

Whether or not you want to get rid of your spider veins is a matter of personal taste. Some people don’t mind them, but others feel more confident when their skin has a clearer appearance with fewer marks.

Fortunately, lasers can treat spider veins effortlessly. Laser vein treatment for spider veins is simple, effective, and requires very little recovery time.

How Laser Vein Treatment Works

The Apogee™ laser is a safe and effective tool for treating spider veins. With this advanced option, laser and cosmetic medicine specialist, Dr. Deborah Farrell, can gently eliminate spider veins from nearly any area of the body. This treatment addresses only the affected area of the skin. It will not impact or damage surrounding tissue.

Lasers eliminate spider veins by targeting their pigment and warming the vessel. Although it might take a few sessions to get the desired result, your body will eventually reabsorb the vessel and the spider vein will no longer be visible.

Recovery and Results

Laser treatment for spider veins is an appealing option because it is extremely easy and provides predictable and consistent outcomes. Better still, treatment is relatively painless and requires no downtime. The sensation of the laser is often compared to a snapping rubber band or a brief pinch.

After a laser vein treatment session, you do not need to cancel plans or avoid most activities. And since the treatment is so low-maintenance, it is easy to work it into your pre-existing schedule.

Contact Us to Learn More

If you are unhappy with the appearance of your spider veins, it’s nice to know there are safe, effective, and non-invasive options that can restore a natural appearance to your skin. All it takes is a simple, accessible treatment for Dr. Farrell to remove unwanted pigmentation and help boost your confidence. If you are interested in learning more about laser treatments for the removal of spider veins, please call the Mechanicsburg office of Farrell Plastic Surgery & Laser Center at 717-732-9000 to schedule your initial consultation today.

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What Does a Brow Lift Fix?


Brow lift surgery is used to smooth the deep wrinkles and creases that form across the forehead as we age. In addition to these horizontal wrinkles, brow lift surgery lifts sagging eyebrows and eliminates frown lines, the vertical wrinkles that form between the eyebrows.

During brow lift surgery, skin, muscle, and fat are gently lifted before excess skin is removed. This helps to produce a smoother, softer, and more alert look. Ideal alone, brow lift surgery is often combined with options such as blepharoplasty to address issues including droopy eyelids and dark skin underneath the eyes.

Brow Lift Options

At Farrell Plastic Surgery and Laser Center, we offer both traditional and endoscopic brow lift options, enabling our board-certified plastic surgeon to provide the most effective treatment for each patient. Which technique is right for you depends on factors unique to your anatomy and needs.

With an endoscopic brow lift, three or four small incisions are made behind the hairline. Through these, tiny surgical instruments are used to lift muscle and tissue before excess skin is removed. An endoscopic brow lift can smooth the forehead, soften frown lines, and raise eyebrows like a traditional brow lift and is often the preferred technique due to its reduced risks of complications and shorter recovery period.

Dr. Leo Farrell is an experienced and thoughtful plastic surgeon who takes the time to understand the exact needs of each patient he sees. During your initial consultation, he will carefully evaluate your areas of concern to help you determine which brow lift technique is correct for you.

Contact Us to Learn More

If you are interested in learning what a brow lift can do for you, please call our Mechanicsburg office at 717-732-9000 to schedule a consultation today. We serve patients from Harrisburg, Middletown, Carlisle, and all nearby Pennsylvania communities.

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What Can Blepharoplasty Do?


Blepharoplasty, also known as an eyelid lift, addresses aesthetic issues with the upper and lower eyelids. With this procedure, our experienced plastic surgeon can:

  • Lift drooping upper lids
  • Remove wrinkles from upper and lower lids
  • Remove dark and puffy skin from lower lids

Eyelid surgery can also improve vision that has been obstructed by hooded upper lids, allowing the procedure to address both aesthetic and functional issues.

Eyelid surgery does not correct drooping eyebrows. For this, an endoscopic brow lift may be needed. Combining blepharoplasty with a brow lift is common and can help to produce the most pleasing outcomes. During your initial consultation with Dr. Farrell, we will help you determine if a combination of procedures will help you achieve your goals.

Non-Surgical Enhancement

An eyelid lift can improve the appearance of the skin around your eyes, but it cannot remove crow’s feet or the furrows between the eyebrows. Wrinkle relaxers offer an excellent solution for these common concerns.

At Farrell Plastic Surgery & Laser Center, we are pleased to offer BOTOX® Cosmetic and Dysport® to relax muscles and smooth dynamic wrinkles. Results from these injectables can last for three to four months. Routinely scheduled touch-up treatments can be used to maintain these results.

In addition to softening crow’s feet and smoothing frown lines, BOTOX and Dysport can be used to lift sagging eyebrows, eliminate bunny lines from the bridge of the nose, and erase lines from around the lips. During your initial consultation, we will discuss your surgical and non-surgical options to help you determine which treatments will best meet your needs.

Why Choose Us?

Dr. Leo Farrell is a board-certified plastic surgeon with more than three decades of experience who is known for his approachability as much as his artistry. Dr. Farrell’s work can be viewed in our before and after gallery.

Dr. Deborah Farrell is a Fellow of the American Society of Laser Medicine and Surgery and one of Central Pennsylvania’s most experienced and trusted cosmetic physicians. Thoughtful and attentive, Dr. Farrell can personalize non-surgical treatment options to safely address multiple aesthetic concerns.

If you are considering eyelid surgery or another cosmetic procedure, please call Farrell Plastic Surgery & Laser Center at 717-732-9000 to schedule a consultation today. We serve Mechanicsburg and all nearby areas of Pennsylvania.

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The Best Treatments for Crepey Neck Skin

Anti-age,Treatment.,Profile,Of,Beautiful,Middle-aged,Woman,Touching,Soft,SkinDo you have loose and sagging skin on your neck? Is your jawline obscured by excess fat? Do you have a double chin? A “turkey waddle”? Crepey skin? All of these things are common as we age.

Proper skin care can help to slow the process of aging. Using professional skincare products, including cleansers, moisturizers, and sunscreens may even help to soften fine lines and assist in tightening the skin. These efforts can be bolstered through non-surgical skin rejuvenation designed to tighten, firm, and smooth the skin.

Laser Skin Resurfacing

One of the best ways to address crepey and loose skin on the neck is through laser treatments. Advanced laser treatments available through our office include:

Laser treatments can address pigmentation issues, reduce pore size, smooth fine lines and deep wrinkles, remove sun and age spots, and much more. Dr. Deborah Farrell, our experienced Central Pennsylvania Laser and Aesthetic Medicine physician, can help you learn what one of these treatments may be able to do for you.

Skin Tightening and Smoothing

In addition to laser treatments, we offer a range of non-surgical services for the neck and jaw. Options such as Thermage® and GentleWaves® can help to tighten and smooth neck skin. So too can some chemical peels.

Kybella®, which can be used alone or in combination with skin tightening, works to eliminate double chins and improve jawline definition. Some injectables and fillers, including BOTOX® Cosmetic, may also be effective at shrinking jowls.

The perfect combination of these treatments is dependent on your concerns. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and learn which ones are right for you.

Surgical Treatments

Surgical options to improve neck contours include:

At Farrell Plastic Surgery and Laser Center, these procedures are performed by Dr. Leo Farrell, a board-certified plastic surgeon with decades of experience.

During your initial consultation, we will carefully assess your areas of concern, provide information about all of your options, and help you decide which treatments will be best for your needs.

Call Farrell Plastic Surgery and Laser Center at 717-732-9000 to schedule a consultation today. Located in Mechanicsburg, we welcome patients from all surrounding areas of Pennsylvania.

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June is Men’s Health Month


June is Men’s Health Month, offering a perfect time to reflect on the ways you take care of your body. There are several reasons to target men’s health: around 60% of adult males in the United States are overweight. What’s more, only around 40% of men are willing to see a doctor when they have a worrisome medical condition, and just slightly over half undergo yearly physicals.

According to the CDC, more than 400,000 men develop a cardiovascular disease each year, and 700,000 develop cancers, 230,000 of which are prostate, the second most deadly type of cancer for men. Lifestyle choices play a role in these things, as do genetics, environmental factors, and more. These same factors can have a profound impact on physical appearance and comfort as well.

Cosmetic Treatments for Men

Seeing your PCP for yearly examinations after the age of 40 is an important part of taking care of yourself. So, too, are taking steps to eat healthily and stay active. Even with these efforts, however, you may not be able to reach all of your aesthetic goals. This is where we come in.

We are pleased to offer a range of services for men, each designed to address specific concerns. Popular options include:

  • Male Breast Reduction. Gynecomastia is the medical name for excess glandular tissue or fat accumulations in men that produce the appearance of breasts. Male breast reduction eliminates bulk to restore definition and masculinity to the chest
  • CoolSculpting®. A non-surgical alternative to liposuction, CoolSculpting® uses cryolipolysis to freeze and permanently destroy fat cells, allowing the body to remove them naturally. The procedure can be used nearly anywhere on the body, with many men targeting the flanks, abdomen, back, and upper arms
  • Brow Lift. Sagging eyebrows and deep forehead creases are common with age. A brow lift can smooth the forehead, lift the eyebrows, and restore an alert, attentive, and attractive appearance to the upper face
  • Eyelid Surgery. Lower blepharoplasty removes bags, dark circles, and wrinkles from the lower lids and below the eyes. Upper blepharoplasty eliminates eyelid wrinkles and lifts droopy upper lids

In addition to these services, we offer several treatments for aging skin, many of which can be used in combination to address multiple issues at the same time.

Contact Us for a Consultation

For more information on the cosmetic services we offer for men, please call 717-732-9000 to schedule your initial consultation.

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