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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.

What are BOTOX® Cosmetic and Dysport®?

One of the biggest causes of wrinkles is the repetitive contractions that your facial muscles make daily. You smile, frown, laugh, squint, and furrow your brow more times per day than you can count. Often, you do these things unconsciously. Over time, these recurring movements build up and cause wrinkles.

BOTOX® Cosmetic and Dysport® affect the muscles that control those movements to allow your lines and wrinkles to dissipate. They work by blocking signals from your nerves that tell those muscles to contract. Importantly, it doesn’t prevent you from smiling, laughing, frowning, squinting, or furrowing when you choose to.

BOTOX® Cosmetic and Dysport® can treat issues such as:

  • Crow’s feet
  • Frown lines
  • Forehead wrinkles

What are Dermal Fillers?

Dermal fillers such as Juvéderm® and Restylane® address one of the other leading causes of facial wrinkles. As you age, your production of the skin-strengthening compounds hyaluronic acid and collagen begins to decline. Collagen is a protein that keeps your skin elastic and voluminous, as well as helping it heal. Hyaluronic acid transfers nutrients to your skin from your bloodstream.

Once you hit your mid-20s, you produce about 1 percent less collagen and hyaluronic acid per year, and that production never naturally picks up again. Juvéderm® and Restylane® contain hyaluronic acid and help your body make more collagen.

Dermal fillers can treat issues such as:

  • Loss of facial volume
  • Moderate and deep wrinkles
  • Sagging skin
  • Loss of lip volume

Do Wrinkle Relaxers or Dermal Fillers Last Longer?

Neither wrinkle relaxers nor dermal fillers are permanent. BOTOX® Cosmetic and Dysport® results last about 3-6 months. Juvéderm® and Restylane® can last 6-18 months, with an average of about a year.

Although these aren’t permanent, their effects are cumulative. Every time you receive treatment, your wrinkles will be less pronounced when they come back.

Schedule Your Consultation Today

Dr. Farrell is dedicated to providing the natural anti-aging treatments you desire. She has decades of experience helping her patients attain a more youthful, vigorous look. Dr. Farrell will work with you to understand your needs and goals to create a comfortable treatment plan that delivers excellent results.

She serves Harrisburg, Mechanicsburg, and nearby areas of Pennsylvania. Call (717) 732-9000 today to schedule a consultation.

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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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Enhance Your New Year’s Resolutions with DualSculpting™

Man After DualSculpting at Farrell Plastic Surgery & Laser CenterNo matter how hard you try, diet and exercise aren’t always enough to get rid of stubborn areas of fat. While eating healthy and getting into a regular exercise routine may be part of your resolutions this year, your best efforts can still leave you feeling frustrated. Your arms, sides, thighs and chin can be especially difficult areas of the body to shrink, even with targeted exercises. Luckily, DualSculpting has the ability to noticeably reduce your trouble spots in as little as an hour.
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What is DualSculpting™?

CoolSculpting® is a popular nonsurgical body contouring service at our practice because it can provide excellent results through several quick treatment sessions. But lately, patients are opting for the DualSculpting™ technique to treat more fat in less time. Keep reading to learn about DualSculpting treatments at Farrell Plastic Surgery & Laser Center. More »

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Reduce the Appearance of Scars with Microneedling

You don’t have to let embarrassing scars keep you from enjoying smooth, healthy-looking skin. Microneedling is a very safe and effective way to reduce the appearance of scarring, no matter what type of blemishes or where they are.
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Reverse The Effects of Summer Sun Damage with PicoSure®

Suffering from sun-damaged skin? Reverse the harmful consequences of the summer’s rays and reduce the signs of aging with PicoSure®. This amazing light-based treatment is perfect for those who don’t want to deal with the risks, pain, and downtime of traditional laser treatments.
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Love Your Curves This Summer with CoolSculpting®

Love Your Curves This Summer with CoolSculpting®

Give your body the curves in all the right places this year with CoolSculpting. This non-surgical, fat-freezing approach can slim you down with quick, easy treatments and little to no downtime. With CoolSculpting at Farrell Plastic Surgery & Laser Center you can look your best this season and beyond!

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Am I a Good Candidate for CoolSculpting®?

CoolSculpting is an amazing way to freeze away fat for good. It’s a safe and effective non-surgical option that requires little to no recovery period or downtime. Many of our patients are enjoying slimmer, shapelier figures with quick and easy treatments in the comfort of our Mechanicsburg office. But is CoolSculpting the right choice for your body-contouring needs?
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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!”

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