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Facial Fillers

Dermal Fillers

Dermal fillers, also known as facial fillers, are used to address skin laxity, hollowness, and wrinkles throughout the face. Some dermal fillers can also be used to add volume to the lips, gently lift and contour the jawline, and even improve the appearance of the hands.

At Farrell Plastic Surgery & Laser Center, we offer a range of dermal fillers, each formulated for specific results. The best way to learn which one is right for your needs is through a one-on-one consultation at our comfortable Mechanicsburg office.

Our Dermal Fillers

Dermal fillers available at Farrell Plastic Surgery & Laser Center include:

  • JUVÉDERM®. This filler is ideal for addressing nasolabial folds, hollow cheeks, and some types of scars
  • JUVÉDERM® VOLUMA™. Injected deeper than other JUVÉDERM® options, VOLUMA™ adds volume to the cheeks and midface, and can be used to improve the profile of the chin
  • RESTYLANE®. This filler is suitable for nasolabial folds and marionette lines. It can also be used to add volume to the upper and lower lips
  • RESTYLANE® LYFT™. The only filler approved to treat the back of the hands, LYFT™ can also add volume to the cheeks and midface, including nasolabial folds

Results from these treatments can last anywhere from six to eighteen months depending on the area treated and factors unique to your anatomy and lifestyle. During your initial consultation, we will listen closely to your concerns and provide honest information about which dermal filler may be best for your needs.

BOTOX® Cosmetic & Dysport®

In addition to facial fillers, we offer the neuromodulators BOTOX® Cosmetic and Dysport® for non-surgical facial rejuvenation. Designed to reduce or eliminate forehead creases, frown lines, and crow’s feet, none of which can be addressed through fillers, these options allow muscles to relax, helping overlying skin to smooth.

If you have several areas of concern, a combination of non-surgical treatments may be needed to achieve optimal results. We will discuss this with you, as appropriate, during your initial consultation.

At Farrell Plastic Surgery & Laser Center, we take time to discuss each procedure with our patients, helping to ensure they are making the right decision for their needs. Give us a call at 717-732-9000 to schedule your initial consultation at our welcoming office and learn more. We proudly serve Mechanicsburg and all surrounding areas of Pennsylvania.

The Best Laser Treatments for Pigmentation Issues

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There are a number of issues that can impact the appearance of the skin. Environmental factors, such as excessive and unprotected UV exposure, can play a role. So too can genetics, various skin conditions, and the simple process of aging.

Some pigmentation irregularities are minor, noticeable only upon close inspection. Others, however, can detract from your overall appearance, producing a look that is neither comfortable nor desirable. If you find yourself in this condition, feeling unhappy with the appearance of your skin, a simple laser treatment may be the most effective option.

Treating Pigmentation Issues

At Farrell Plastic Surgery & Laser Center, we offer a range of laser treatments for pigmentation issues. Among our most popular are:

  • PicoSure®. This safe and gentle laser treatment is effective at eliminating or greatly reducing the appearance of sunspots, age spots, freckles, rough skin, wrinkles, and acne scars. PicoSure can be used on nearly any area of the body and may even be useful for tattoo removal
  • MedLite®. Safe for all skin types and colors, MedLite treatment can address age and sunspots, pigmented moles, wrinkles, and general skin tone. MedLite can be used on nearly any part of the body and requires little to no recovery period
  • Vbeam® Prima. Used to treat sun and brown spots, Vbeam Prima is ideal for treating visible veins, broken blood vessels, wrinkles, and acne. Safe for all parts of the body, Vbeam can also address poikiloderma of civate, rosacea, and general redness

Finding the Right Treatment for Your Needs

In addition to laser treatments, there are several options for the treatment of pigmentation issues such as sun and age spots. Some topical creams may prove useful, but more reliable results can often be achieved through:

Perhaps the most effective way to learn which option will best address your concerns is through a one-on-one consultation at our comfortable Mechanicsburg office.

Please call Farrell Plastic Surgery & Laser Center at 717-732-9000 to schedule your consultation today. We welcome patients from Harrisburg and all surrounding areas of Pennsylvania.

Why S-Lifts are Not Ideal

Fashion studio portrait of beautiful african american womanRecent advances in facial and neck rejuvenation surgery (facelift and neck lift) have provided many patients with the opportunity to safely correct the signs of aging. In addition to a refreshed and rejuvenated look, patients have had secondary health benefits that transformed their social lives. 

The effects of gravity and loss of skin elasticity and volume progress with aging. Most patients are especially bothered by their jowls and necks, where they cannot hide the sagging tissues. 

Some patients choose to address these issues with office-based facelifts or neck lifts. Office-based procedures performed with the injection of local anesthesia under the skin, and sometimes supplemented with Valium (or similar medication), were very popular for a short period of time. In fact, a national company that promoted these office-based procedures went out of business. 

We have found that patients are much more comfortable with being “asleep” (under anesthesia) during their procedures. The benefits of anesthesia include the ability to perform multiple procedures at the same time, including eyelid lifts and brow lifts, which involve more extensive surgery. The results are also longer lasting when compared with the office-based S-lift or MAC lift procedures. 

If you are interested in transforming your look, please schedule a consultation to discuss your options. Remember, you are only as young as your neck!

Now Offering the Clear + Brilliant Laser

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At Farrell Plastic Surgery and Laser Center, we’re proud to offer a new, easy treatment for the visible signs of aging: Clear + Brilliant. This non-surgical, non-invasive procedure is designed to gently stimulate collagen production in your skin to help prevent, maintain, and improve issues such as:

  • Enlarged pores
  • Facial wrinkles
  • Laugh lines
  • Frown lines
  • Forehead lines
  • Crow’s feet
  • Rough skin texture
  • Melasma
  • Brown spots

Schedule Your Mechanicsburg Clear + Brilliant Consultation Today

More than 2 million people have used Clear + Brilliant to help reduce visible signs of aging. At Farrell Plastic Surgery and Laser Center, Dr. Deborah Farrell is proud to add the treatment to her repertoire and offer its benefits to her patients. She serves Harrisburg, Mechanicsburg, and nearby areas of Pennsylvania. Call (717) 732-9000 today to schedule a consultation.

Want More Body Shaping Options? Farrell Plastic Surgery Has You Covered!


When it comes to achieving your body shaping goals, you have choices. Whether you’d like to highlight rock hard abs or get rid of stubborn pockets of fat that just won’t go away, we offer several options to suit your unique needs safely and permanently. Now you can shape and contour many common trouble spots, including the abdomen, love handles, muffin top, back, inner and outer thighs, upper arms, and the double chin, with one of the following treatments:

Liposuction

Liposuction can provide the sculpted figure that you’re looking for with just a single treatment. Now considered the traditional fat-removal technique, liposuction is a tried and true method for getting results. The procedure involves a small incision, and a thin cannula is inserted underneath the skin in order to remove the offending fat cells. This “one and done” treatment can provide immediate results with only a limited recovery period. Liposuction is often combined with a variety of other contouring procedures like the tummy tuck, arm lift, and neck lift. Although this is a surgical procedure that requires anesthesia, most patients can usually return to light work after a few days and get back to normal activities after two to three weeks.

CoolSculpting®

While liposuction may be the classic approach to body shaping, CoolSculpting is getting all of the attention these days. This completely non-invasive approach forgoes the incisions and anesthesia to give you targeted fat reduction. Just as the name suggests, the CoolSculpting device employs innovative cooling technology to essentially freeze unwanted pockets of fat away. There’s little, if any, discomfort during the procedure, and the treated cells are safely discarded through the body’s natural elimination process. Keep in mind that CoolSculpting results come over time as the body gradually breaks down the fat. To achieve the very best results, Dr. Farrell may recommend a series of at least two sessions.

Body Shaping Options at Farrell Plastic Surgery & Laser Center in Mechanicsburg, PA

Looking for that extra push to finally realize your ideal figure? You now have options to slim down and tighten your trouble spots—with or without surgery. If you’d like more information about any of the incredible body-shaping options we offer, please contact us today to schedule your consultation with us at Farrell Plastic Surgery & Laser Center. Drs. Deborah and Leo Farrell are ready to help you reach all of your cosmetic enhancement goals.

Lips Losing Volume? Plump Them Up with Fillers

When it comes to the different signs of aging, which do you notice first? The wrinkles and lines that develop around the eyes, forehead, and cheeks? Maybe you’ve noticed that your face isn’t as full as it used to be, and areas like your cheeks have lost their volume. However, there’s another area that many of Dr. Deborah Farrell’s patients are often concerned about…the lips. More »

Look Younger, Rejuvenated, and Refreshed with Blepharoplasty (Eyelid Surgery)

Eyelid surgery, or blepharoplasty, is one of the procedures most requested by our patients. Often, patients want to improve their tired appearance and remove the bags and excess skin under their eyes.

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Erase Sun Damage with These Life Changing Treatments

We know that for many of our Pennsylvania clients, there is nothing more satisfying than soaking up the sun’s warm rays. Once summer has passed, we often see many people shocked and heartbroken over the sun damage that is left behind. If you have noticed sun spots, fine lines, and pigmentation taking over your skin, it might be time to consider one of our fantastic skin pigmentation treatments to erase the damage.  More »

Debunking Labiaplasty Myths

Labiaplasty procedures are growing in popularity. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons reported a 39% increase in the number of labiaplasty surgeries performed from 2015 to 2016. As this procedure grows in popularity, Dr. Farrell often sees that the myths about this procedure can grow just as quickly. If you have considered labiaplasty or you are just curious, Dr. Leo Farrell has compiled a list of common myths he has run into during his practice. Have you heard any of these?  More »

4 Healthy Summer Habits to Maintain Your Liposuction Results

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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