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Facial Fillers

Dermal Fillers

Dermal fillers, also known as facial fillers, are used to address skin laxity, hollowness, and wrinkles throughout the face. Some dermal fillers can also be used to add volume to the lips, gently lift and contour the jawline, and even improve the appearance of the hands.

At Farrell Plastic Surgery & Laser Center, we offer a range of dermal fillers, each formulated for specific results. The best way to learn which one is right for your needs is through a one-on-one consultation at our comfortable Mechanicsburg office.

Our Dermal Fillers

Dermal fillers available at Farrell Plastic Surgery & Laser Center include:

  • JUVÉDERM®. This filler is ideal for addressing nasolabial folds, hollow cheeks, and some types of scars
  • JUVÉDERM® VOLUMA™. Injected deeper than other JUVÉDERM® options, VOLUMA™ adds volume to the cheeks and midface, and can be used to improve the profile of the chin
  • RESTYLANE®. This filler is suitable for nasolabial folds and marionette lines. It can also be used to add volume to the upper and lower lips
  • RESTYLANE® LYFT™. The only filler approved to treat the back of the hands, LYFT™ can also add volume to the cheeks and midface, including nasolabial folds

Results from these treatments can last anywhere from six to eighteen months depending on the area treated and factors unique to your anatomy and lifestyle. During your initial consultation, we will listen closely to your concerns and provide honest information about which dermal filler may be best for your needs.

BOTOX® Cosmetic & Dysport®

In addition to facial fillers, we offer the neuromodulators BOTOX® Cosmetic and Dysport® for non-surgical facial rejuvenation. Designed to reduce or eliminate forehead creases, frown lines, and crow’s feet, none of which can be addressed through fillers, these options allow muscles to relax, helping overlying skin to smooth.

If you have several areas of concern, a combination of non-surgical treatments may be needed to achieve optimal results. We will discuss this with you, as appropriate, during your initial consultation.

At Farrell Plastic Surgery & Laser Center, we take time to discuss each procedure with our patients, helping to ensure they are making the right decision for their needs. Give us a call at 717-732-9000 to schedule your initial consultation at our welcoming office and learn more. We proudly serve Mechanicsburg and all surrounding areas of Pennsylvania.

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Lose Your Double Chin, Not Your Confidence!

Kybella for Double Chin

Double chin can be an embarrassing and distracting condition. While often associated with weight gain, double chin may also simply be a result of genetics or increased skin laxity as you age. Regardless of its cause, a double chin can obscure the jawline, produce a puffer and less defined appearance, and cause both emotional and physical discomfort.

At Farrell Plastic Surgery & Laser Center, we are pleased to offer a selection of non-surgical treatments for submental fat (double chin). Safe, effective, and minimally invasive, these treatments are designed to eliminate stubborn fat deposits, encourage skin shrinking, and improve the contours and definition of the jaw, chin, and neck.

CoolMini™

CoolMini is an attachment for the CoolSculpting® machine that sculpts and slims the chin and neck by eliminating fat. Utilizing CoolSculpting’s proprietary cryolipolysis technology, CoolMini targets, and freezes problem fat cells without impacting surrounding muscle or tissue. Once these cells are crystallized by the extreme temperature, your body will simply eliminate them. What’s more, because there are no needles or incisions, you can be back to your daily activities with minimal downtime.

Results from CoolMini are gradual. It may take two to three months for your body to fully eliminate problem fat cells from the chin and neck, but once gone, submental fat cannot grow back. We will discuss results and expectations, including how many treatments you may need, during your initial consultation.

Kybella®

Kybella is an injectable treatment for the elimination of double chin. This treatment utilizes deoxycholic acid, a naturally-occurring bile acid, to break apart stubborn fat deposits in the chin. Over time, as fat is emulsified, the body will remove it through the normal channels of elimination.

It may take two to six Kybella treatments to obtain optimal results and, similar to other nonsurgical methods of fat removal, results will take some time to become noticeable. During your initial consultation, we will assess the amount of submental fat present to help you determine how many treatments you might require.

Contact Us to Learn More

If you are interested in learning more about non-surgical double chin treatment, please call Farrell Plastic Surgery & Laser Center at 717-732-9000 to schedule a consultation today.

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The Best Laser Treatments for Pigmentation Issues

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There are a number of issues that can impact the appearance of the skin. Environmental factors, such as excessive and unprotected UV exposure, can play a role. So too can genetics, various skin conditions, and the simple process of aging.

Some pigmentation irregularities are minor, noticeable only upon close inspection. Others, however, can detract from your overall appearance, producing a look that is neither comfortable nor desirable. If you find yourself in this condition, feeling unhappy with the appearance of your skin, a simple laser treatment may be the most effective option.

Treating Pigmentation Issues

At Farrell Plastic Surgery & Laser Center, we offer a range of laser treatments for pigmentation issues. Among our most popular are:

  • PicoSure®. This safe and gentle laser treatment is effective at eliminating or greatly reducing the appearance of sunspots, age spots, freckles, rough skin, wrinkles, and acne scars. PicoSure can be used on nearly any area of the body and may even be useful for tattoo removal
  • MedLite®. Safe for all skin types and colors, MedLite treatment can address age and sunspots, pigmented moles, wrinkles, and general skin tone. MedLite can be used on nearly any part of the body and requires little to no recovery period
  • Vbeam® Prima. Used to treat sun and brown spots, Vbeam Prima is ideal for treating visible veins, broken blood vessels, wrinkles, and acne. Safe for all parts of the body, Vbeam can also address poikiloderma of civate, rosacea, and general redness

Finding the Right Treatment for Your Needs

In addition to laser treatments, there are several options for the treatment of pigmentation issues such as sun and age spots. Some topical creams may prove useful, but more reliable results can often be achieved through:

Perhaps the most effective way to learn which option will best address your concerns is through a one-on-one consultation at our comfortable Mechanicsburg office.

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

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Plump Your Lips with Lip Fillers

Plump Lips

As we age, our lips begin to lose volume. After the age of 30, collagen levels in our bodies begin to naturally decrease and our skin begins to lose elasticity. Other factors, like smoking, sun exposure, and genetics, also play key roles in how our lips age.

Unfortunately, it’s not just the loss of collagen in our lips, but the overall loss of collagen in the surrounding facial areas that can dramatically age the appearance of the lips and mouth. Together, this can have an adverse effect on the shape of the lips, creating vertical lines and a thinner look that lacks definition.

For many years, women have relied on lip implants to achieve a fuller pout. However, implants come with surgical risks and recovery time, can be felt inside the lips, and have a fairly high rate of failure. Fortunately, there is a safe and effective alternative to lip enhancement surgery. More »

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How Long do Frown Line Fillers Last?

Beautiful young woman touching skin on her forehead and looking awayGlabellar lines, also known as frown lines, worry lines, and elevens, are the vertical indentations in between your eyebrows. Surgical options, such as a forehead lift can diminish frown lines, but surgery is neither an appropriate nor an interesting option for every patient.

Fortunately, several non-surgical options, including certain laser treatments, are also very effective on these common wrinkles.

Neuromodulators

Neuromodulators such as BOTOX® Cosmetic and Dysport® are incredibly effective on frown lines. These treatments help to relax the muscles underlying the skin, enabling deep creases between the eyebrows to soften and become less noticeable.

While incredibly effective against frown lines, neuromodulators are temporary and will only produce results for three to four months. Maintenance treatments can be performed as often as you’d like. They will be needed for continued results.

Dermal Fillers

Longer lasting than BOTOX® Cosmetic or Dysport® are dermal fillers. These products contain ingredients such as hyaluronic acid that gradually add volume to the treatment areas. Fillers are typically used to add volume to the cheeks, the area around the lips, and similarly fleshy areas, but they can also be useful when used in between the eyebrows.

Frown line fillers like Restylane can produce results for six to eighteen months depending on factors unique to your treatment. As with neuromodulators, maintenance treatments can be scheduled at regular intervals to ensure continuous results.

Are Fillers Safe?

Maintenance treatments can spark the question, “How safe are dermal fillers?” Especially with frequent use. Fortunately, while side-effects are possible, severe reaction is extremely rare and most often linked to allergies.

During your initial consultation at Farrell Plastic Surgery & Laser Center, we will carefully review your medical records to help safeguard against adverse reactions.

Redness, swelling, and bruising are common side-effects of dermal fillers. Others, including acne-like skin eruptions and lumps, are possible as well. During your time in our care, we will discuss proper preparation and aftercare to help ensure the most pleasing experience.

Contact Us to Learn More

If you’re ready to address your forehead lines, call Farrell Plastic Surgery & Laser Center at 717-732-1000 and schedule your initial consultation today.

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Why S-Lifts are Not Ideal

Fashion studio portrait of beautiful african american womanRecent advances in facial and neck rejuvenation surgery (facelift and neck lift) have provided many patients with the opportunity to safely correct the signs of aging. In addition to a refreshed and rejuvenated look, patients have had secondary health benefits that transformed their social lives. 

The effects of gravity and loss of skin elasticity and volume progress with aging. Most patients are especially bothered by their jowls and necks, where they cannot hide the sagging tissues. 

Some patients choose to address these issues with office-based facelifts or neck lifts. Office-based procedures performed with the injection of local anesthesia under the skin, and sometimes supplemented with Valium (or similar medication), were very popular for a short period of time. In fact, a national company that promoted these office-based procedures went out of business. 

We have found that patients are much more comfortable with being “asleep” (under anesthesia) during their procedures. The benefits of anesthesia include the ability to perform multiple procedures at the same time, including eyelid lifts and brow lifts, which involve more extensive surgery. The results are also longer lasting when compared with the office-based S-lift or MAC lift procedures. 

If you are interested in transforming your look, please schedule a consultation to discuss your options. Remember, you are only as young as your neck!

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What Should I Know About BOTOX® Cosmetic?

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BOTOX® Cosmetic is a neuromodulator. Injected into targeted treatment areas, the active ingredient in BOTOX® Cosmetic interrupts the signals between nerves and muscles, eliminating tension and allowing the overlying skin to smooth.

How Long Does BOTOX® Cosmetic Last?

BOTOX® Cosmetic interrupts signals between the muscles and nerves but does not destroy or damage these connections. Over the course of three to four months, the active ingredient will run its course and additional treatment will be needed to maintain results.

BOTOX® Cosmetic can safely be injected with frequency. Some people choose to have touch-ups performed proactively every few months to ensure aesthetic consistency.

What Areas of the Face can be Treated with BOTOX® Cosmetic?

BOTOX® Cosmetic is FDA approved to treat:

  • Forehead lines and creases
  • Frown lines (in between the eyebrows)
  • Crow’s feet (extending from the corner of the eyes)
  • Marionette lines (at the corner of the mouth)

BOTOX® Cosmetic can also be used to address neckbands and skin laxity around the jaw.

Depending on your specific concerns, BOTOX® Cosmetic can be used on multiple areas at once. The best way to learn where this treatment may be useful to you is through a one-on-one consultation at Farrell Plastic Surgery & Laser Center.

Is BOTOX® Cosmetic a Dermal Filler?

Dermal fillers add volume to the skin with active ingredients including collagen and hyaluronic acid. Fillers add support to the framework of tissues that give your face its shape. A dermal filler treatment can last for 12 to 24 months.

BOTOX® Cosmetic is not a dermal filler, but it works well in conjunction. Issues addressed by dermal fillers are not addressed by BOTOX® Cosmetic and vice versa. When used together, however, they can produce a noticeably more youthful appearance by addressing multiple signs of aging.

Is BOTOX® Cosmetic Safe?

BOTOX® Cosmetic enjoys a remarkable safety record. A bulk majority of patients are able to receive treatment with little to no issue at all. Some redness, swelling, or tenderness may be present at the injection site, but this should fade, like any bruises, within a few days. During your time in our care, we will provide you with the services and care instructions you’ll need for the most rewarding experience.

To schedule a consultation at Farrell Plastic Surgery & Laser Center, please call 717-732-9000 today. Located in Mechanicsburg, we serve all surrounding areas of Pennsylvania.

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Coolsculpting vs. Dual Sculpting: What’s the Difference?

CoolSculpting vs DualSculptingCoolsculpting is a non-surgical method of removing excess fat. This has become a very popular and much-appreciated procedure, ranking as the 3rd most popular aesthetic treatment in 2018, after Botox and fillers. The technology is based on Cryolipolysis, which utilizes controlled cooling areas of undesirable fat. The fat cells are destroyed because they are more sensitive to cold than the surrounding tissues. 

The ideal patients for CoolSculpting are those bothered by localized areas of fat deposits, such as the “love handles” or areas of fat in the abdomen, upper arms, or thighs. Special handpieces that conform to specific areas of the body are used in treatment. With Dual Sculpting, two machines are used at one time, so the treatment time is significantly more efficient and more comfortable. 

Once the procedure is done, it may take two to four months to see results. Additional treatments may be done if desired. The overall satisfaction rate is very high among our patients. Combined with a healthy lifestyle and increased physical activity, significant improvement in body contouring typically results. 

Our staff is specially trained in performing CoolSculpting, which is a safe, effective, and reliable procedure without downtime.

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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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