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Is it Already Time to Consider the Holidays?

Holiday Facial Rejuvenation

While Halloween has not yet come and gone, the Holiday Season is closer than you might expect – and now is a fantastic time to start considering non-surgical facial rejuvenation to help ensure you look and feel your most confident before its major social and familial events. Dermal fillers and laser treatments are both fantastic ways to address various concerns, but their full results can take a few weeks to become apparent. Scheduling your appointment now allows for plenty of time for your results to set in, allowing you to look your very best before the busiest season begins.

Dermal Filler Options at Farrell Plastic Surgery & Laser Center

We are pleased to offer dermal fillers from both the Juvéderm® and Restylane® families. Trusted, effective, and safe, these fillers can be used to address skin laxity and signs of aging throughout the face, helping to restore a more youthful shape to multiple treatment areas.

Popular options available through our office include:

  • Juvéderm®, designed to treat nasolabial folds, marionette lines, and lip areas
  • Juvéderm Voluma™, designed to lift sagging skin and add volume to the cheeks
  • Restylane®, designed to treat laugh lines and to improve the symmetry and volume of the lips
  • Restylane® Lyft, designed to address nasolabial folds along with skin laxity, lines, and wrinkles

In addition to these options, we offer both BOTOX® Cosmetic and Dysport® for the elimination of forehead wrinkles, frown lines, and crow’s feet.

Laser Medicine

Dr. Deborah Farrell specializes in laser medicine, another incredibly safe and effective option for Holiday skin rejuvenation. Depending on your specific needs, laser treatments can be used to address a number of common concerns including:

  • Fine lines and deep wrinkles
  • Acne and surgical scars
  • Pigmentation irregularities
  • Sun and age spots
  • Spider veins
  • Unwanted hair

We also offer laser tattoo removal for the permanent removal of regrettable ink.

We Are Here for You

At Farrell Plastic Surgery & Laser Center, we take time to understand the goals of each patient before suggesting the most effective procedures. Give us a call at 717-732-9000 to schedule your one-on-one consultation today and learn which non-surgical options will have you looking your best in time for the Holidays.

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Does CoolSculpting® Tighten Skin?

Does CoolSculpting Tighten SkinCoolSculpting® is a non-surgical alternative to liposuction that can be used to gently eliminate fat from nearly any area of the body. Capable of producing noticeable results, CoolSculpting® requires little to no downtime, making it the ideal body contouring option for many of our patients.

CoolSculpting® uses advanced technology to target and freeze fat cells. Once frozen, your body’s lymphatic system removes these cells naturally, helping to gradually slim and tone the treatment area. Because this treatment relies on your body’s natural process of elimination to reduce fat, results can take a few months to be fully realized, though many people begin to see a reduction in bulkiness within three to four weeks.

Skin Tightening and CoolSculpting®

CoolSculpting® is designed to eliminate stubborn fat deposits from the body. It is not intended as a skin tightening procedure. Depending on the elasticity of your skin, you may experience diminished mass as your body adjusts to its new contours, but this varies from patient to patient and will be based on factors unique to your body.

Certain laser treatments may help to tighten the skin, as well as radiofrequency treatments that can be used on specific parts of the body; but by and large, adopting a healthy lifestyle will be the most effective way to tighten and tone the areas of the body treated with CoolSculpting®.

Maintaining and Enhancing CoolSculpting® Results

Choosing to eat a healthy diet and committing to an exercise routine are the most effective ways to both maintain and enhance your CoolSculpting® results. If you struggle with these things, consider working with professionals, such as a licensed nutritionist and certified personal trainer, who can help design plans that work for your lifestyle.

Skin tightening following CoolSculpting® can often be accomplished in conjunction with fat elimination through your effort alone, helping to ensure optimal results after just a few months. During your time in our care, we would be happy to discuss these things in greater detail to help ensure you are prepared to make the most of your procedure.

Contact Farrell Plastic Surgery & Laser Center to Learn More

If you are curious to learn what CoolSculpting® can do for you, please call our Mechanicsburg office at 717-732-9000 and schedule a consultation today. We welcome patients from Harrisburg, Carlisle, and all surrounding areas of Pennsylvania.

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Should I Wear Sunscreen Every Day?

You Should Wear Sunscreen Every Single Day

UV rays can cause several cosmetic issues – from skin dryness and rough patches to sunspots and freckles, not to mention more worrisome concerns like skin cancer. UV rays are most impactful when we are in direct sunlight, but their reach is not limited to the outdoors. Studies have found that some UV rays, UVA specifically, can pass through windows to damage the skin even when you are indoors.

UV damage is not limited to the summer months and, while sunburn is related to UVB rays, which are also more directly linked to skin cancer, UVA rays can damage exposed skin regardless of season or location. For this reason, it is advisable to wear a full-spectrum sunscreen every single day.

Choosing the Best Sunscreen

Recent news reports have highlighted the dangers posed by some over-the-counter sunscreens, even some labeled “all-natural,” which can make choosing the best sunscreen seem complicated. To help ensure you are selecting a product that is both efficacious and safe, it is a good idea to discuss your options with a qualified medical provider who can help guide you towards the best sunscreen for your specific needs.

At Farrell Plastic Surgery & Laser Center, we offer a wide range of skincare products, including EltaMD® Sun Care, which have been carefully selected for their safety and effectiveness. If you are looking for the right combination of skincare products or simply looking for the best sunscreen for your needs, we encourage you to contact our office to schedule a consultation right away. Our experienced and thoughtful doctors can provide a skin assessment to help you select the right products and also discuss options available to treat any sun damage you may already have.

Non-Surgical Solutions

We provide a comprehensive selection of non-surgical skin care services to address concerns including sunspots and dry skin. Options including laser treatments, chemical peel, and microdermabrasion offer solutions for several cosmetic concerns, including fine lines and wrinkles, which may combine with sun damage to create a more aged appearance. During your initial consultation, we will listen to your concerns, assess your problem areas, and help you determine which options will be best for your needs.

Please call Farrell Plastic Surgery & Laser Center at 717-732-9000 to schedule a consultation today. Located in Mechanicsburg, we welcome women and men from all surrounding areas of Pennsylvania.

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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.

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Dermal Filler or Neurotoxin: Which Option is Best for You?

Filler vs. Neurotoxin

Dermal fillers add volume to the face. At Farrell Plastic Surgery & Laser Center, we offer a comprehensive line of fillers from the Juvederm® and Restylane® families, enabling us to address common concerns such as:

  • Facial lines and wrinkles
  • Hollow or sunken cheeks
  • Depressions underneath the eyes
  • Asymmetrical or insubstantial lips

Restylane® Lyft, available at our office, has also been approved for use on the back of the hands. It is the first and currently only dermal filler to be approved for this use.

The dermal fillers at our Mechanicsburg office have been selected for their efficacy and history of safe application. A single treatment can last for six to 18 months.

Neurotoxins

We offer BOTOX® Cosmetic and Dysport®, two of the most trusted and effective neurotoxins on the market. Unlike fillers, which stimulate collagen and elastin production, neurotoxins work to relax muscles, allowing the overlying skin to become smooth.

Neurotoxins can be used to treat:

  • Forehead creases
  • Lines in between eyebrows
  • Crow’s feet
  • Nasolabial folds
  • Neckbands

In some cases, neurotoxins can also be used to address issues like pebbly chin and skin laxity along the jaw as well.

Both BOTOX® Cosmetic and Dysport® will provide results for three to four months. Results can be maintained through touch-up visits.

Which Option is Best for You?

Dermal fillers and neurotoxins treat different issues. The one that is appropriate for you will be based on your specific concerns, anatomy, and ultimate desires. 

During your initial consultation, we will listen carefully to your requests and provide an honest assessment of your best options. This may include a dermal filler, a neurotoxin, or a combination of treatments. It may also include nonsurgical options, such as laser skin resurfacing or a chemical peel, that address issues outside the reach of injectables.

At Farrell Plastic Surgery & Laser Center, we take time to understand each patient’s individual needs, allowing us to provide the most suitable treatments. Please call us at 717-732-9000 to schedule your consultation and learn more. Located in Mechanicsburg, we serve all surrounding areas of Pennsylvania.

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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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“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