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.
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.
What are BOTOX® Cosmetic and Dysport®?
One of the biggest causes of wrinkles is the repetitive contractions that your facial muscles make daily. You smile, frown, laugh, squint, and furrow your brow more times per day than you can count. Often, you do these things unconsciously. Over time, these recurring movements build up and cause wrinkles.
BOTOX® Cosmetic and Dysport® affect the muscles that control those movements to allow your lines and wrinkles to dissipate. They work by blocking signals from your nerves that tell those muscles to contract. Importantly, it doesn’t prevent you from smiling, laughing, frowning, squinting, or furrowing when you choose to.
BOTOX® Cosmetic and Dysport® can treat issues such as:
- Crow’s feet
- Frown lines
- Forehead wrinkles
What are Dermal Fillers?
Dermal fillers such as Juvéderm® and Restylane® address one of the other leading causes of facial wrinkles. As you age, your production of the skin-strengthening compounds hyaluronic acid and collagen begins to decline. Collagen is a protein that keeps your skin elastic and voluminous, as well as helping it heal. Hyaluronic acid transfers nutrients to your skin from your bloodstream.
Once you hit your mid-20s, you produce about 1 percent less collagen and hyaluronic acid per year, and that production never naturally picks up again. Juvéderm® and Restylane® contain hyaluronic acid and help your body make more collagen.
Dermal fillers can treat issues such as:
- Loss of facial volume
- Moderate and deep wrinkles
- Sagging skin
- Loss of lip volume
Do Wrinkle Relaxers or Dermal Fillers Last Longer?
Neither wrinkle relaxers nor dermal fillers are permanent. BOTOX® Cosmetic and Dysport® results last about 3-6 months. Juvéderm® and Restylane® can last 6-18 months, with an average of about a year.
Although these aren’t permanent, their effects are cumulative. Every time you receive treatment, your wrinkles will be less pronounced when they come back.
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Dr. Farrell is dedicated to providing the natural anti-aging treatments you desire. She has decades of experience helping her patients attain a more youthful, vigorous look. Dr. Farrell will work with you to understand your needs and goals to create a comfortable treatment plan that delivers excellent results.
She serves Harrisburg, Mechanicsburg, and nearby areas of Pennsylvania. Call (717) 732-9000 today to schedule a consultation.Next Page »
Laser 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 »Next Page »
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.
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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.Next Page »
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 »Next Page »
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 »Next Page »
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
- Brown spots
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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.Next Page »
According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, more than 313,000 Americans had breast augmentation surgery in 2018, making it the most popular plastic surgery procedure. Women choose breast augmentation to correct the loss of breast volume from pregnancy and breastfeeding, or simply to improve the appearance of their breasts. At Farrell Plastic Surgery & Laser Center, our patients often say the procedure helps them feel more self-confident and better about their appearance. More »Next Page »
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The aging process is much kinder to men than to women, yet society is placing increasing pressure on men to look revitalized and energetic. There are many social studies which demonstrate the benefits of not looking old. A man does not have to be a celebrity to consider appearance important. Facial and neck surgery are options to obtain a more youthful appearance. More »
Though the weather is cool and wintry now, we know that soon enough the balmy days of spring and summer will arrive. You may be thinking ahead to bikini season and the areas of your physique that are storing excess fat. CoolSculpting® is a great way to reduce these excess fat cells without surgery. Arrange your CoolSculpting treatment now so that you can enjoy your results when bikini season arrives. More »Next Page »
No matter how hard you try, diet and exercise aren’t always enough to get rid of stubborn areas of fat. While eating healthy and getting into a regular exercise routine may be part of your resolutions this year, your best efforts can still leave you feeling frustrated. Your arms, sides, thighs and chin can be especially difficult areas of the body to shrink, even with targeted exercises. Luckily, DualSculpting has the ability to noticeably reduce your trouble spots in as little as an hour.