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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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Should I Wear Sunscreen Every Day?

You Should Wear Sunscreen Every Single Day

UV rays can cause several cosmetic issues – from skin dryness and rough patches to sunspots and freckles, not to mention more worrisome concerns like skin cancer. UV rays are most impactful when we are in direct sunlight, but their reach is not limited to the outdoors. Studies have found that some UV rays, UVA specifically, can pass through windows to damage the skin even when you are indoors.

UV damage is not limited to the summer months and, while sunburn is related to UVB rays, which are also more directly linked to skin cancer, UVA rays can damage exposed skin regardless of season or location. For this reason, it is advisable to wear a full-spectrum sunscreen every single day.

Choosing the Best Sunscreen

Recent news reports have highlighted the dangers posed by some over-the-counter sunscreens, even some labeled “all-natural,” which can make choosing the best sunscreen seem complicated. To help ensure you are selecting a product that is both efficacious and safe, it is a good idea to discuss your options with a qualified medical provider who can help guide you towards the best sunscreen for your specific needs.

At Farrell Plastic Surgery & Laser Center, we offer a wide range of skincare products, including EltaMD® Sun Care, which have been carefully selected for their safety and effectiveness. If you are looking for the right combination of skincare products or simply looking for the best sunscreen for your needs, we encourage you to contact our office to schedule a consultation right away. Our experienced and thoughtful doctors can provide a skin assessment to help you select the right products and also discuss options available to treat any sun damage you may already have.

Non-Surgical Solutions

We provide a comprehensive selection of non-surgical skin care services to address concerns including sunspots and dry skin. Options including laser treatments, chemical peel, and microdermabrasion offer solutions for several cosmetic concerns, including fine lines and wrinkles, which may combine with sun damage to create a more aged appearance. During your initial consultation, we will listen to your concerns, assess your problem areas, and help you determine which options will be best for your needs.

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

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The Most Popular Plastic Surgery & Non-Surgical Cosmetic Treatments

Most Popular Cosmetic Procedures

Since 2001, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) has maintained a database of how many surgical and non-surgical cosmetic procedures are performed by board-certified plastic surgeons in the United States every year. The numbers for 2020 have recently been announced and, despite a pandemic that prevented any procedures from being performed for several months, the desire for cosmetic improvement remains strong.

If you are considering a cosmetic procedure, please use the contact form on this page or call our Mechanicsburg office to schedule your one-on-one consultation today.

2020 Plastic Surgery Statistics

In 2020, the top five surgical cosmetic procedures were:

  1. Nose reshaping
  2. Eyelid Surgery
  3. Facelift
  4. Liposuction
  5. Breast Augmentation

The top five non-surgical cosmetic procedures in 2020 were:

  1. BOTOX® Cosmetic
  2. Dermal Fillers
  3. Laser Skin Resurfacing
  4. Chemical Peel
  5. IPL Treatment

It is important to note that the ASPS only includes data from board-certified plastic surgeons. While many estheticians, physicians, and dermatologists may offer non-surgical cosmetic treatments, their numbers are not considered for this report.

What is Best for You May Not be What is Most Popular

The most popular cosmetic treatments vary from year to year and often reflect societal trends. However, the most popular treatments are not always the best treatments for every patient. This is a big reason to select a board-certified plastic surgeon who has the training and experience necessary to customize your treatments for optimal results.

At Farrell Plastic Surgery & Laser Center, our board-certified plastic surgeon takes time to listen to patient concerns and provide honest and frank information about the benefits and limitations of each procedure we provide.

Caring deeply about patient comfort and satisfaction is simply part of our practice – and we take every step to ensure the women and men who visit us for both surgical and non-surgical solutions are provided the safest and most effective treatments available. If you have been considering a cosmetic procedure, we welcome the opportunity to meet with you, hear your needs, and help you reach your goals.

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

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Dermal Filler or Neurotoxin: Which Option is Best for You?

Filler vs. Neurotoxin

Dermal fillers add volume to the face. At Farrell Plastic Surgery & Laser Center, we offer a comprehensive line of fillers from the Juvederm® and Restylane® families, enabling us to address common concerns such as:

  • Facial lines and wrinkles
  • Hollow or sunken cheeks
  • Depressions underneath the eyes
  • Asymmetrical or insubstantial lips

Restylane® Lyft, available at our office, has also been approved for use on the back of the hands. It is the first and currently only dermal filler to be approved for this use.

The dermal fillers at our Mechanicsburg office have been selected for their efficacy and history of safe application. A single treatment can last for six to 18 months.

Neurotoxins

We offer BOTOX® Cosmetic and Dysport®, two of the most trusted and effective neurotoxins on the market. Unlike fillers, which stimulate collagen and elastin production, neurotoxins work to relax muscles, allowing the overlying skin to become smooth.

Neurotoxins can be used to treat:

  • Forehead creases
  • Lines in between eyebrows
  • Crow’s feet
  • Nasolabial folds
  • Neckbands

In some cases, neurotoxins can also be used to address issues like pebbly chin and skin laxity along the jaw as well.

Both BOTOX® Cosmetic and Dysport® will provide results for three to four months. Results can be maintained through touch-up visits.

Which Option is Best for You?

Dermal fillers and neurotoxins treat different issues. The one that is appropriate for you will be based on your specific concerns, anatomy, and ultimate desires. 

During your initial consultation, we will listen carefully to your requests and provide an honest assessment of your best options. This may include a dermal filler, a neurotoxin, or a combination of treatments. It may also include nonsurgical options, such as laser skin resurfacing or a chemical peel, that address issues outside the reach of injectables.

At Farrell Plastic Surgery & Laser Center, we take time to understand each patient’s individual needs, allowing us to provide the most suitable treatments. Please call us at 717-732-9000 to schedule your consultation and learn more. Located in Mechanicsburg, we serve all surrounding areas of Pennsylvania.

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What Can the Clear + Brilliant Laser Do?

Clear + Brilliant Laser Treatments

Clear + Brilliant laser treatment is a safe and effective way to address signs of aging such as fine lines and deeper wrinkles. It can be used to reduce the visibility of:

  • Forehead creases across the brow
  • Frown lines in between the eyebrows
  • Crow’s feet next to the eyes
  • Laugh lines around the eyes and mouth

Clear + Brilliant can also be used to reduce pore size, treat melasma and brown spots, and improve the texture of the skin, helping to restore a smooth, attractive, and youthful appearance to the treatment area.

Popular Clear + Brilliant treatment areas include the face and neck, décolletage, and hands, but the treatment can be used on nearly any part of the body. If you are curious to learn where Clear + Brilliant may be able to help you reach your goals, please use the contact form on this page or call our Mechanicsburg office to schedule an appointment today.  

Does the Clear + Brilliant Laser Tighten Skin?

Skin laxity is one of the most common issues to accompany aging. Clear + Brilliant treatment is not designed to address pronounced laxity or to tighten skin. 

We are pleased to offer a comprehensive range of non-surgical skin tightening options including Radiofrequency treatments and fractional laser treatments that can address sagging and loose skin. During your initial consultation, we will listen carefully to your concerns and provide you with information about all of your treatment options.

Immediate & Progressive Results

Clear + Brilliant is a gentle treatment designed to stimulate collagen and elastin production. Initial results are often visible within just a few short days with improvements continuing to progress as your body ups it production of these important proteins. Because it is so gentle, it may take more than one treatment to achieve preferred results. We will discuss how many treatments you can expect during your initial consultation.

At Farrell Plastic Surgery & Laser Center, we utilize the Clear + Brilliant Perméa device to apply a treatment serum following application. This helps to improve comfort and speed the healing process. However, even without this service, there is little to no downtime associated with Clear + Brilliant Treatment.

Ready to Learn More?

Would you like to learn if Clear + Brilliant is the right treatment for you? Call Farrell Plastic Surgery & Laser Center at 717-732-9000 to schedule an appointment today.

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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

Profile of a young woman with clear skin

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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