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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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Benefits of CoolSculpting

CoolSculpting is a non-surgical, non-invasive fat removal procedure that can contour your body without the need for anesthesia, incisions, or stitches. This infographic lays out the benefits of the treatment and how it can help you achieve the body you’ve always wanted. More »

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CoolSculpting Results in Time for Spring

Woman smiling in a bikini at the beach after CoolSculptingThough the weather is cool and wintry now, we know that soon enough the balmy days of spring and summer will arrive. You may be thinking ahead to bikini season and the areas of your physique that are storing excess fat. CoolSculpting® is a great way to reduce these excess fat cells without surgery. Arrange your CoolSculpting treatment now so that you can enjoy your results when bikini season arrives. 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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