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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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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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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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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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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 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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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!”

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

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