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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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What Happens When You Get a Mole Removed?

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Moles occur when skin cells cluster together, forming a patch of skin that may appear brown, red, or even black in color. The cause of moles is not always known, but genetics, sun exposure, and lifestyle choices may encourage their growth. Most people have at least one mole. The American Academy of Dermatology estimates 10-40 per person.

Topical moles can be shaved or burned off without much difficulty. Deeper moles may require surgical excision. In all cases, aftercare will be essential to prevent visible scarring. More »

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What Is the Best Dermal Filler to Sculpt the Jawline?

woman with attractive jawline after undergoing dermal filler treatmentA well-defined jawline brings symmetry and balance to your other facial features and is a symbol of attractiveness for men and women alike. If you’d like to add definition to this area of your face, dermal fillers provide an effective, nonsurgical solution to achieve your goals. More »

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BOTOX® Cosmetic vs. Dermal Fillers

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. Woman receiving Botox injection

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. More »

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When is the Best Time to Get Laser Skin Resurfacing?

Woman getting laser skin resurfacingLaser 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 »

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What is Earlobe Repair?

Woman wearing earrings after earlobe repair surgery
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.

Schedule Your Consultation Today

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.

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