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Skin Reconstruction Following Cancer Removal

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May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month. This provides a wonderful opportunity to recommit to preventive measures that can protect against this common disease.

Steps to prevent sun damage include wearing protective clothing, such as sunglasses, a sunhat, long sleeves, and pants. Reducing direct sun exposure between the hours of 10 am and 4 pm is also a good idea. When you are planning on going out, be sure to use a full-spectrum sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher, and reapply every hour or so to ensure continual coverage.

While taking steps to prevent skin cancer is important, when unusual skin growths develop, having them examined is equally important. Because growths can occur anywhere on the body, it is best to undergo a skin examination every year. When a growth is found, a biopsy may be needed to determine if it is cancerous.

Pre-cancerous growths and other types of sun damage can typically be removed with laser treatment, chemical peel, or another non-invasive treatment. Cancerous cells will need to be surgically removed. Skin cancer is often shaped like an iceberg, going much deeper than the surface appearance may indicate.

Reconstruction Following Skin Cancer Removal

With the removal of skin cancer, a procedure is chosen to allow effective removal with optimal appearance of the area. This could involve reconstructing the treatment area. At Farrell Plastic Surgery & Laser Center, we offer flap reconstruction, skin grafting, and structural grafting to help rebuild and smooth the area impacted by skin cancer removal. These methods can help improve the appearance of the treatment area, though some scarring may be inevitable. We offer treatments for scarring as well. We will discuss likely outcomes during your initial consultation to help you understand both the benefits and limitations of these reconstructive methods.

The doctors at Farrell Plastic Surgery & Laser Center have the experience necessary to treat many instances of skin cancer, as well as the artistry needed to reconstruct the surgical area following removal. If you would like to learn more about your post-skin cancer removal options, give us a call at 717-732-9000 to schedule a consultation today.

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What Can GentleWaves® Treat?

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GentleWaves® is a non-surgical LED (light-emitting diodes) treatment that gently and effectively addresses several skin concerns. Using the benefits of light to boost cellular energy and stimulate protein production, LED treatment does not cause thermal damage and is safe for all skin types and tones – even sensitive skin.

At Farrell Plastic Surgery & Laser Center, Dr. Deborah Farrell utilizes GentleWaves® to treat:

  • Dull and aged skin
  • Fine lines and wrinkles
  • Sun damage
  • Rosacea
  • Overly large pores
  • Textural irregularities

This service can also be used to speed the healing process when skin has become sunburned or to assist in reducing the temporary redness and discomfort that may follow some skin rejuvenation treatments.

GentleWaves® treatment can be performed on nearly any part of the body, including delicate and sensitive areas such as the face and neck, décolletage, and hands.

Gentle and Effective

Many non-surgical cosmetic treatments require repeat sessions for optimal results. With GentleWaves®, it may take four to eight treatments to achieve the most noticeable outcomes.

Because there is no downtime, discomfort, or recovery associated with GentleWaves®, treatment can be performed once or twice weekly without any issue. Subtle improvements in the appearance of the skin may be noticeable following every treatment, but it may be a few weeks before more pronounced results are perceivable. GentleWaves® rejuvenates the skin at the cellular level, improving the appearance from the inside out, to produce a healthier and more youthful look to the skin.

There is no redness, peeling, increased sensitivity, or pain with GentleWaves®. No recovery period, downtime, or special aftercare is needed following treatment. Many patients come in over lunch or in between errands, knowing they can resume all normal activities without complication as soon as treatment has been completed. Convenient and effective, GentleWaves® offers reliable results that can last for several months at a time.

GentleWaves® is a wonderful solution for some of our patients, but not the right fit for others. The best way to learn if it can help you reach your goals is through a one-on-one consultation at our Mechanicsburg office. Please give us a call at 717-732-9000 to schedule your initial consultation today.

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Will I Ever Need to Have My Breast Implant Removed?

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Breast augmentation with implants can help to create complementary dimensions between your bust and the rest of your body. Among the most popular plastic surgery offerings, millions of women undergo breast augmentation in the United States every year and, with new implant options, are often able to enjoy results for many years to come.

While modern breast implants have been crafted to last for years, there are reasons you may need or want to have yours removed. These include physical discomfort, such as the development of capsular contracture, along with aesthetic concerns, such as the development of creases or folds on the implant, implant shifting or bottoming out, and implant rupture. In some cases, the removal of breast implants is done specifically to return the breasts to their previous size, or to have a different size, shape, or type of implant placed.

No matter your concern, if you would like to discuss breast implant removal, please get in touch to schedule a consultation. Caring, thoughtful, and attentive, we are here to listen to your concerns, provide honest information about your options, and guide you towards the best ways to reach your goals.

National Breast Implant Awareness Month

March is National Breast Implant Awareness Month, a time to reflect on both the myths and realities of breast augmentation. There are many things to consider when looking into breast enhancement with implants, making it important that you are straightforward with us about your future plans. It is entirely possible to live a normal life, doing things as diverse as breastfeeding, participating in sports, and more after breast augmentation. Making sure that we understand your lifestyle and plans helps us select the options best suited to meet your needs.

Breast implants are a safe and effective way to enhance the size, shape, and symmetry of your bust. If you are curious to learn about augmentation, revision, or removal of breast implants, we are here to help. Please give us a call at 717-732-9000 to schedule your consultation today. Farrell Plastic Surgery & Laser Center is located in Mechanicsburg. We welcome patients from all nearby areas of Pennsylvania.

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Am I a Good Candidate for Juvederm Voluma?

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Juvéderm® Voluma™ is a dermal filler that has been specifically formulated to address mid-face volume loss. Ideal for restoring a softer, fuller, more youthful appearance to the cheeks, Voluma™ can also be used to produce desirable contours to the chin, helping to lift and enhance the overall facial profile.

The best candidates for Voluma™ are people experiencing skin laxity and volume loss in the cheek area, as well as those with a “weak” or poorly-defined chin. As a non-surgical treatment, Voluma™ does not require any special qualifications, though some skin conditions may interfere with candidacy. The best way to determine if this treatment is right for you is through a one-on-one consultation with our experienced cosmetic physician, Dr. Deborah Farrell.

How Long Does Voluma™ Last?

Voluma™ injections can last for up to two years. We can perform touch-up treatments to help extend results as needed. We can also combine Voluma™ with other Juvéderm® products to address fine lines, wrinkles, and skin laxity elsewhere on the face. During your initial consultation, we will discuss all of your options to make sure we are addressing each area of concern.

Safe and well-tolerated, there is little to no downtime associated with Voluma™. Depending on your comfort level, it is possible to return to work and resume most normal activities immediately after treatment. There may be some residual soreness, redness, and bruising around the injection sites. This should neither be limiting nor long-lasting. In most cases, these issues resolve within a few days. If they fail to resolve or if you are not in love with your results, treatment with Juvéderm® Voluma™ is reversible.

At Farrell Plastic Surgery & Laser Center, we take time to truly understand the needs of each patient, allowing us to provide the services best suited to correct individual concerns. If you have been considering a non-surgical cosmetic treatment, we encourage you to give us a call at 717-732-9000 to schedule a consultation at our Mechanicsburg office today. We welcome patients from Harrisburg, Carlisle, and all surrounding areas of Pennsylvania.

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How to Eliminate a Double Chin

Double chin, medically known as submental fat, can create an uneven, undefined, and unattractive appearance that impacts the jawline and, in some cases, the entire face. Diet and exercise are not always enough to address this issue, leaving many people wondering how best to deal with a double chin. Fortunately, there are a few very effective options – both surgical and non-surgical – that can be used to eliminate submental fat and restore an ideally contoured and defined jaw and chin.

Surgical Options

Surgical options for double chin include:

  • Neck Lift Surgery. With this option, loose and sagging skin along with excess fat deposits are removed from the neck, jawline, and chin
  • Neck Liposuction. With this option, excess fat is removed from the chin through gentle and targeted suction

Surgical options can be incredibly effective at eliminating submental fat, but they come with some risks and will require a short recovery period. During your initial consultation, we will carefully assess your areas of concern and provide honest information about what you can expect through surgical treatment.

Non-Surgical Options

Kybella®

Kybella® is the first injectable treatment for double chin. Safe, effective, and non-invasive, Kybella® works to dissolve submental fat, allowing for it to be removed through the body’s natural pathways of elimination. Because it is non-surgical, results may take up to six weeks to be realized, but the changes brought about by Kybella® are permanent. What’s more, this double chin treatment does not require downtime, incisions, or detailed recovery instructions, making it ideal for people who want to achieve ideal results but are not interested in surgery.

CoolSculpting®

CoolSculpting® is a non-surgical, non-invasive option to effectively and safely treat double chins. This option also does not require downtime, and allows fat to be removed through the body’s natural pathways. It typically takes several months for the full effect to be realized.

In addition, we are pleased to offer non-surgical treatments such as Thermage®, a radiofrequency skin tightening solution, along with a variety of laser skin treatments that may be useful in restoring optimal contours to the neck and chin.

During your initial consultation at our Mechanicsburg office, we can help you determine if Kybella® is the best solution for your needs.

Please call Farrell Plastic Surgery & Laser Center at 717-732-9000 to schedule your consultation today. We welcome patients from Hogestown, Shepherdstown, and all nearby areas of Pennsylvania.

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Is Breast Augmentation a Good Fit for You?

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Breast augmentation has been among the most popular plastic surgery procedures for many years – and for good reasons. The procedure, while focused on the breasts, can have a profound impact on your entire frame by improving proportions and creating contours that are both natural-looking and more desirable. If you feel like your breasts are ill-suited to your body, we welcome the opportunity to meet with you, listen to your concerns, and help you determine if breast augmentation could help you reach your goals. Use the contact form on this page or call us today to schedule a consultation and learn more.

What Can Breast Augmentation Do?

During breast augmentation surgery, implants are used to enhance the size and shape of the bust. This can help improve symmetry, create more desirable cleavage, and accentuate surrounding curves to produce a more balanced and enticing profile. Implants come in a variety of sizes and shapes, allowing for complete customization. We are pleased to offer a wide selection of options, enabling us to personalize each procedure for the most pleasing and reliable results.

Breast augmentation adds volume to the bust and is ideal for women who have lost volume due to weight fluctuations, aging, or nursing, as well as women who have never been satisfied with the size or shape of their breasts. It cannot, however, fully address breast sagging. For this issue, augmentation may need to be combined with a breast lift – an option we will be happy to discuss if it could prove useful in reaching your goals.

Am I a Good Candidate?

If you are unhappy with the appearance of your breasts, you may be a good candidate for breast surgery. Determining which procedure is something best done with the assistance of a board-certified plastic surgeon. If you are curious to learn more about the procedures that can help you reach your goals, give us a call at 717-732-9000 to schedule a consultation today.

Located in Mechanicsburg, Farrell Plastic Surgery & Laser Center welcomes women from all surrounding areas of Pennsylvania.

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Is it Already Time to Consider the Holidays?

Holiday Facial Rejuvenation

While Halloween has not yet come and gone, the Holiday Season is closer than you might expect – and now is a fantastic time to start considering non-surgical facial rejuvenation to help ensure you look and feel your most confident before its major social and familial events. Dermal fillers and laser treatments are both fantastic ways to address various concerns, but their full results can take a few weeks to become apparent. Scheduling your appointment now allows for plenty of time for your results to set in, allowing you to look your very best before the busiest season begins.

Dermal Filler Options at Farrell Plastic Surgery & Laser Center

We are pleased to offer dermal fillers from both the Juvéderm® and Restylane® families. Trusted, effective, and safe, these fillers can be used to address skin laxity and signs of aging throughout the face, helping to restore a more youthful shape to multiple treatment areas.

Popular options available through our office include:

  • Juvéderm®, designed to treat nasolabial folds, marionette lines, and lip areas
  • Juvéderm Voluma™, designed to lift sagging skin and add volume to the cheeks
  • Restylane®, designed to treat laugh lines and to improve the symmetry and volume of the lips
  • Restylane® Lyft, designed to address nasolabial folds along with skin laxity, lines, and wrinkles

In addition to these options, we offer both BOTOX® Cosmetic and Dysport® for the elimination of forehead wrinkles, frown lines, and crow’s feet.

Laser Medicine

Dr. Deborah Farrell specializes in laser medicine, another incredibly safe and effective option for Holiday skin rejuvenation. Depending on your specific needs, laser treatments can be used to address a number of common concerns including:

  • Fine lines and deep wrinkles
  • Acne and surgical scars
  • Pigmentation irregularities
  • Sun and age spots
  • Spider veins
  • Unwanted hair

We also offer laser tattoo removal for the permanent removal of regrettable ink.

We Are Here for You

At Farrell Plastic Surgery & Laser Center, we take time to understand the goals of each patient before suggesting the most effective procedures. Give us a call at 717-732-9000 to schedule your one-on-one consultation today and learn which non-surgical options will have you looking your best in time for the Holidays.

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Is it Safe to Travel After Rhinoplasty?

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After rhinoplasty (nose reshaping), you will need to take time to rest. Most patients can resume many of their normal activities within one week, but you will likely need to avoid strenuous activities, heavy lifting, and other demanding tasks for up to six weeks. During this time, keeping nasal pressure at a minimum is important. This can help to prevent complications and allow your nose to more easily settle into its new shape.

Air Travel After Nose Reshaping

Long-distance travel is not recommended in the first week following rhinoplasty. Things like hauling luggage and air pressure changes in the cabin can impact the rhinoplasty healing process.

If you are required to travel within the first few weeks of surgery, you must avoid lifting anything heavy. You should also be sure to walk around the cabin every hour or so to help ensure proper circulation, which is essential for the healing process. It may also be useful to keep a nasal spray on hand to help address any congestion. Let us know if you plan on traveling so that we can provide you with additional information to help keep yourself comfortable and reduce your risk of complications.

Getting Back to Normal

During your first week of recovery, swelling and bruising are normal. Your nose will be in a splint for up to two weeks. We will remove this splint when appropriate during one of your follow-up visits.

Most patients can resume non-strenuous work within five to seven days, though bruising and swelling may continue to be present for up to two weeks. By week four, you will likely be able to resume cardio exercises.

Around week six, the bones should be stable enough for you to resume more demanding tasks and exercises, although it could be a few weeks more before full sensation returns to the skin around your nose. Final results can be expected within a year and, once realized, will be permanent.

Remember, healing is unique for every patient. We will work with your recovery period to make sure you remain comfortable and confident in the process.

Contact Us to Learn More

Please call Farrell Plastic Surgery & Laser Center at 717-732-9000 to schedule a consultation and learn more about rhinoplasty. We welcome patients from Mechanicsburg and all surrounding areas of Pennsylvania.

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Will a Breast Lift Reduce Cup Size?

Will Breast Lift Surgery Reduce Bra Cup Size

Breast lift surgery is designed to address sagging breast tissue, also known as ptosis, and restore a firmer and perkier breast mound. Because it involves the lifting of breast tissue and removal of excess and sagging skin, breast lift may have a slight impact on cup size. It is important to note, however, that cup sizes can vary from manufacturer to manufacturer, which may result in little to no change for individual women.

Combining Breast Procedures

While a reduction in cup size does not necessarily translate to smaller breasts, if you are concerned about volume loss, it may be a good idea to consider breast augmentation in conjunction with breast lift surgery. Adding implants to your procedure can help retain or even enhance your breast size while also improving breast shape and addressing issues such as asymmetry. Being open about your aesthetic desires during your initial consultation will allow us to help you determine if breast lift alone or in combination with augmentation will produce the best results.

Am I a Good Breast Lift Candidate?

Good candidates for any breast procedure will need to be in generally good health and prepared for a surgical procedure. If you use tobacco products, you will need to stop several weeks before surgery. Some medications, herbs, and supplements may need to be avoided as well.

Ideal candidates for breast lift surgery are women who do not plan on having any more children and who have the support necessary to take a few days – up to seven – to fully rest and recover. Most women can resume normal activities within seven to fourteen days, but limitations of heavy lifting and other strenuous activities will remain in place for up to six weeks.  Understating what the recovery process entails is essential for determining candidacy.

Honest and upfront, our surgeons will take time to listen to your desires, carefully cover candidacy, and help you decide if now is the best time for you to undergo a breast lift procedure.

Contact Us to Learn More

To schedule your breast lift consultation at our Mechanicsburg office, please call 717-732-9000 today. Farrell Plastic Surgery & Laser Center welcomes patients living in and around Cumberland County.

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Does CoolSculpting® Tighten Skin?

Does CoolSculpting Tighten SkinCoolSculpting® is a non-surgical alternative to liposuction that can be used to gently eliminate fat from nearly any area of the body. Capable of producing noticeable results, CoolSculpting® requires little to no downtime, making it the ideal body contouring option for many of our patients.

CoolSculpting® uses advanced technology to target and freeze fat cells. Once frozen, your body’s lymphatic system removes these cells naturally, helping to gradually slim and tone the treatment area. Because this treatment relies on your body’s natural process of elimination to reduce fat, results can take a few months to be fully realized, though many people begin to see a reduction in bulkiness within three to four weeks.

Skin Tightening and CoolSculpting®

CoolSculpting® is designed to eliminate stubborn fat deposits from the body. It is not intended as a skin tightening procedure. Depending on the elasticity of your skin, you may experience diminished mass as your body adjusts to its new contours, but this varies from patient to patient and will be based on factors unique to your body.

Certain laser treatments may help to tighten the skin, as well as radiofrequency treatments that can be used on specific parts of the body; but by and large, adopting a healthy lifestyle will be the most effective way to tighten and tone the areas of the body treated with CoolSculpting®.

Maintaining and Enhancing CoolSculpting® Results

Choosing to eat a healthy diet and committing to an exercise routine are the most effective ways to both maintain and enhance your CoolSculpting® results. If you struggle with these things, consider working with professionals, such as a licensed nutritionist and certified personal trainer, who can help design plans that work for your lifestyle.

Skin tightening following CoolSculpting® can often be accomplished in conjunction with fat elimination through your effort alone, helping to ensure optimal results after just a few months. During your time in our care, we would be happy to discuss these things in greater detail to help ensure you are prepared to make the most of your procedure.

Contact Farrell Plastic Surgery & Laser Center to Learn More

If you are curious to learn what CoolSculpting® can do for you, please call our Mechanicsburg office at 717-732-9000 and schedule a consultation today. We welcome patients from Harrisburg, Carlisle, and all surrounding areas of Pennsylvania.

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“I feel taller because I can stand straight. This procedure was truly life changing—I feel so much better about myself. Dr. Farrell’s team is incredibly helpful, professional and welcoming. I love my results!”

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