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June is Men’s Health Month


June is Men’s Health Month, offering a perfect time to reflect on the ways you take care of your body. There are several reasons to target men’s health: around 60% of adult males in the United States are overweight. What’s more, only around 40% of men are willing to see a doctor when they have a worrisome medical condition, and just slightly over half undergo yearly physicals.

According to the CDC, more than 400,000 men develop a cardiovascular disease each year, and 700,000 develop cancers, 230,000 of which are prostate, the second most deadly type of cancer for men. Lifestyle choices play a role in these things, as do genetics, environmental factors, and more. These same factors can have a profound impact on physical appearance and comfort as well.

Cosmetic Treatments for Men

Seeing your PCP for yearly examinations after the age of 40 is an important part of taking care of yourself. So, too, are taking steps to eat healthily and stay active. Even with these efforts, however, you may not be able to reach all of your aesthetic goals. This is where we come in.

We are pleased to offer a range of services for men, each designed to address specific concerns. Popular options include:

  • Male Breast Reduction. Gynecomastia is the medical name for excess glandular tissue or fat accumulations in men that produce the appearance of breasts. Male breast reduction eliminates bulk to restore definition and masculinity to the chest
  • CoolSculpting®. A non-surgical alternative to liposuction, CoolSculpting® uses cryolipolysis to freeze and permanently destroy fat cells, allowing the body to remove them naturally. The procedure can be used nearly anywhere on the body, with many men targeting the flanks, abdomen, back, and upper arms
  • Brow Lift. Sagging eyebrows and deep forehead creases are common with age. A brow lift can smooth the forehead, lift the eyebrows, and restore an alert, attentive, and attractive appearance to the upper face
  • Eyelid Surgery. Lower blepharoplasty removes bags, dark circles, and wrinkles from the lower lids and below the eyes. Upper blepharoplasty eliminates eyelid wrinkles and lifts droopy upper lids

In addition to these services, we offer several treatments for aging skin, many of which can be used in combination to address multiple issues at the same time.

Contact Us for a Consultation

For more information on the cosmetic services we offer for men, please call 717-732-9000 to schedule your initial consultation.

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.

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.

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.

4 Healthy Summer Habits to Maintain Your Liposuction Results

Summer is just about here and your body is fully healed from your liposuction procedure last winter. This is an exciting time for many of our liposuction patients. They plan out their procedure perfectly so they can enjoy the results of their surgery without having to worry about bruising, swelling or any recovery time while the sun is out, but they haven’t quite had the opportunity to show off their new curves in a sexy summer outfit or new bathing suit—until now.

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“Never have I met more courteous and friendly doctors and staff anywhere! They are just the sweetest people! Great doctors and great staff who make you feel at home.”

Linda, 54, Philadelphia

“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!”

Breast Reduction Patient

“I look 5 years younger, she injected lip lines and my mouth area is smooth. Lipstick goes on so much better.”

Filler (Juvéderm) Patient