Am I Ready for a Facelift?

Many men and women who walk through our door have a similar question, ‘Am I ready for a facelift?’ Facelifts are a surgical procedure designed to address moderate to advanced signs of aging on the lower two-thirds of the face. However, you may be surprised to learn that your age is not a factor in whether you’re ready.

Every patient is unique. Some patients opt to have facial cosmetic surgery as early as their 30’s, while others are much older. There are several different types of facelifts that can be customized to suit your individual needs.

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During the procedure, Dr. Farole will tighten skin and underlying muscle. He’ll then work to meticulously reposition and thin fat pads and remove unwanted skin. Incisions with a facelift are made along the hairline to minimize visible scarring. Facelifts can restore lost volume, correct sagging skin, and smooth fine lines and wrinkles, making you look years younger.

Ideal candidates for a facelift are adults who are in good general health, non-smokers and have realistic expectations about what the procedure can do for them. Patients should also ensure they have plenty of time for recovery (plan on at least 1-3 weeks).

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You may be better suited for a non-surgical facial rejuvenation procedure if you are only showing early signs of aging.

The best way to determine if a facelift is right for you is through an in-person consultation with a skilled cosmetic surgeon such as Dr. Farole. After a full facial evaluation and talking to you about your short and long-term goals, he may suggest either a surgical or non-surgical procedure to address your concerns.

Ready to learn more? Schedule a consultation at our Oral and Facial Surgical Center in Bala Cynwyd, PA by giving us a call at (610) 668-3300 today.

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How Long Does Botox Last?

BOTOX® has been successfully giving patients the ability to soften and smooth harsh wrinkles and facial creases for over 10 years. It still remains one of the most popular non-surgical cosmetic procedure asked for today, and for a good reason. BOTOX® is minimally-invasive, has zero downtime, and provides lasting results.

Your BOTOX® appointment can be done in as little as one 10-minute in-office visit. One of our highly-skilled BOTOX® injectors will insert the fine needle into predetermined muscles. Tiny amounts of botulinum toxin relax muscles by blocking nerve impulses leaving you with a younger, well-rested appearance.

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The procedure is very well tolerated for the majority of patients. After your BOTOX® appointment, you are able to immediately return to your routine daily activities without delay. Makeup can be applied directly after your procedure.

In most cases, results from BOTOX® take about 3-5 days to become evident. Full results will be noticeable in approximately 10-14 days.

As your body naturally absorbs BOTOX®, your results will gradually wear off. It can take multiple treatments spaced several months apart for your facial features to become conditioned to BOTOX®. Each following treatment typically lasts longer than the previous.

BOTOX® is FDA-cleared to last 3-months. However, in clinical trials, many patients report their BOTOX® treatment lasting as long as 4-6 months. Touch-up BOTOX® procedures are safe and effective as needed.

At your initial consultation, Dr. Farole will perform a complete facial assessment to determine if and where BOTOX® may be right for you. In a cosmetic setting, BOTOX® can treat a wide variety of concerns including; forehead lines, Crow’s Feet, smile/laugh lines, bunny lines, frown lines between brows, and more.

Ready to learn more about BOTOX®? Schedule a consultation at our Oral and Facial Surgical Center in Bala Cynwyd, PA, by giving us a call at (610) 668-3300 today.

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The Life-Changing Benefits of Corrective Jaw Surgery

Corrective jaw surgery – also known as orthognathic surgery – is the art and science of moving the bones of the jaw to create healthier alignment and functioning and, often, an entirely new look for the patient.


There are a number of reasons your dentist or orthodontist may recommend this surgery:


  • To correct how your teeth meet, especially if braces cannot fix the problem.


  • To improve the way you speak or chew.


  • To correct a condition that makes it hard for you to breathe efficiently hence it can also lead to problems such as sleep apnea.


  • To improve how your jaw works, especially if you are experiencing temporomandibular joint (TMJ) problems.


  • To give your face a more pleasing, balanced look.


Corrective jaw surgery can be a very involved procedure, but the rewards can be life-changing for patients.



Because corrective jaw surgery is a complex procedure, you will usually work with a team of dental professionals. Your team may include an orthodontist, an oral and maxillofacial surgeon and possibly your general dentist. Sometimes, other dental specialists such as periodontists and endodontists are involved too.

If your dentist or orthodontist has suggested this surgery, it is probably because your jaws or teeth do not meet correctly. This condition can be present from an early age or result from trauma to the face after an accident or injury.

Jaw growth happens gradually when we’re young and in some cases, the upper and lower jaws do not match when growth stops. In other cases, an injury to the jaw during your younger years might have caused uneven growth. Whatever the original cause, you may have been struggling with problems ever since.

Your orthodontist can correct an improper bite if your teeth alone are the cause. But trying to remedy mismatched jaws by moving only the teeth can lead to periodontal (gum) problems and other issues, including joint problems. If the problems you are experiencing are mainly caused by the alignment of your jawbones, then orthognathic surgery is likely the best solution.



Before treatment begins, you will meet with an oral and maxillofacial surgeon for evaluation. A full exam will be conducted and images will be taken to help determine how your jaw is functioning now.

Using facial x-rays and other advanced tools, your oral surgeon will show you how your bite will be improved by the surgery. You may even be given a computer image that simulates how you may look after surgery is complete. This helps you understand the surgical process and the extent of the treatment prescribed.

If you are a good candidate for surgery, your oral and maxillofacial surgeon will work closely with your dentist and orthodontist to plan each step. The surgery will move your teeth and jaws into a new position that not only improves how you chew, breathe and speak, but can give you an entirely new appearance.

Typically, the orthodontist will install appliances to align the teeth independently in each jawbone before surgery takes place. After surgery, a different set of appliances will finish aligning your teeth so they meet properly.

In the past, many patients who had corrective jaw surgery had to have their jaws wired together to hold the bones in place while they healed. Now we can use small titanium plates and screws to secure bones – which means when you wake up from surgery, you can move your mouth normally.



As an oral and maxillofacial surgeon serving thousands of patients in Bala Cynwyd and Greater Philadelphia, Dr. Anthony Farole is ready to consult with you. He has seen the positive transformation that so many people have experienced after corrective jaw surgery. If you’re ready to learn more about orthognathic surgery, call Dr. Farole today for a convenient time to meet.



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Why Choose Laser Skin Resurfacing?

Laser skin resurfacing is a proven technique for rejuvenating the skin. Patients are amazed to see the way these treatments can ease the effects of sun exposure and aging and, in some cases, even treat facial skin disorders. Laser treatments are safe and convenient and may even cost less than other treatment options.

How do laser skin resurfacing treatments – also known as laser peels – actually work to remove damaged layers of skin, allowing smoother, younger-looking skin to emerge?



Cosmetic laser skin resurfacing is a way of reducing the appearance of imperfections on your skin’s surface. During the procedure, a laser is used to remove the molecular bonds of damaged skin cells, one layer at a time. The result is a more even, smooth appearance as new skin cells emerge. The procedure also promotes the growth of collagen and new skin cells in underlying layers, creating fresher, younger-looking skin.

For many patients, laser skin resurfacing does an amazing job of reducing the appearance of lines and wrinkles, scars and uneven pigmentation. However, patients with certain skin types, skin tones, and medical conditions may suffer an increased risk of developing side effects. Before committing to the procedure it’s important to know if you are a good candidate.



Laser skin resurfacing is a good choice for patients who have unwanted lines, wrinkles, uneven pigmentation or superficial facial scars (such as acne scars) that are not responding to milder treatments.

Laser skin resurfacing may be good for you if you have elastic, non-oily skin that is not prone to scarring after minor injury. Patients with lighter skin tones are ideal candidates, as there are fewer risks for unexpected side effects such as permanent skin discoloration.

Your doctor will talk with you about any health conditions that might create issues. To be a good candidate, you should be in good general health, without any conditions that would cause unnecessary risk during the procedure itself or the recovery period.

As with any skin procedure, it’s important to have realistic expectations. Talk with your doctor about the level of improvement you might see. If there are lines or flaws that the procedure cannot correct, your doctor will help you understand the limits of what the treatment can do for you.



If you are looking to get rid of minor imperfections, then laser skin resurfacing is probably not for you. Depending on your goals, gentler alternatives may be all you need to achieve the improvement you want.

Patients with very dark skin tones may not be good candidates for this procedure. During laser skin resurfacing, the pigment in the targeted skin cells absorbs light from the laser, producing intense heat that destroys surface cells. Excess laser energy can be harmlessly absorbed by light-toned skin, but for darker skin, the unintended absorption can create side effects such as discoloration or even blistering. However, these risks vary, depending on the type of laser used. Be sure to discuss these potential risks with your doctor, who will help you review other alternatives that may work even better for you.



Laser skin resurfacing can offer dramatic, age-defying results. If you would love to look as young as you feel, this advanced treatment may be ideal for you. Dr. Farole has worked with thousands of patients in Bala Cynwyd and Greater Philadelphia and is happy to answer all your questions about laser skin resurfacing. For your personalized consultation, give our office a call now.




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Dental Implants After a Serious Accident

Has a car accident, sports injury or other unexpected trauma caused you to lose a tooth recently? The good news is that dental implants are an ideal way to restore your smile.

Implants look and function just like your natural teeth – and unlike bridgework or partial dentures, they are a permanent solution. Having dental implants will help you overcome problems with eating and speaking that can result from tooth loss.

By filling the gaps in your teeth, dental implants also help to keep your remaining natural teeth healthy. When one or more teeth are missing, the teeth immediately above or below will shift in an effort to fill the space. This can compromise the health of existing teeth and lead to even more issues down the road. That’s just one reason why it’s important to deal with missing teeth as soon as you can.



Implant surgery is becoming easier and easier for patients. At one time, this procedure was done in distinct phases, with placement of a titanium post coming early in the process and placement of the new crown completed later. Now, in many cases, the crown can be installed at the same time.

If you are considering dental implants in the wake of an accident or injury, you’ll want to know how the procedure works. Here is a general outline of what to expect.


  1. Evaluation to see if you are a good candidate. As straightforward as dental implant surgery has become, this solution is not ideal for everyone. In order to determine if you are a candidate, Dr. Farole will need to see you for an initial evaluation. He will take a close look at the damage sustained in the accident to determine if more healing time is needed. He will also check the health of your teeth and gums to determine whether dental implants are right for you.


  1. Decide if you would like to have your teeth whitened. Your new implants will be made to match your existing teeth.  Whitening your teeth now will brighten them by several shades and give you a glowing smile.  When your new tooth is implanted, it will be a perfect match. Whitening is optional, of course, but scheduling it prior to dental implant surgery can lead to very positive results.


  1. Oral surgery. A titanium post will be implanted under the gum line, where it will gradually become part of your jawbone. The post takes the place of natural roots that held your original tooth in place. Depending on your situation, you may receive a cap to immediately fill the gap, or you may be required to wait until the post has integrated with the bone. Dr. Farole will advise you as to the best sequence for your individual needs.



Dr. Farole has worked with thousands of patients in Bala Cynwyd and the Greater Philadelphia area, many of whom have lost teeth due to sports injuries and other accidents. Dr. Farole will determine if you are a good candidate for dental implant surgery and help you choose the timing that’s best for you. To schedule a personalized evaluation, give our office a call today.



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Can Fat Fillers Give You a More Youthful Look?

Cosmetic surgeons are excited about the results they are seeing with fat fillers – a procedure that takes extra fat from one area of the body and moves it to other spots where we might need a little help.

This technique, also known as fat grafting or fat transfer, can be used to fill areas that have lost volume over time. Cosmetic surgeons are using it to improve the contours and appearance of the face, hands and other areas of the body. Fat fillers are generally considered to be safe, long-lasting and well-tolerated – and patients love the natural-looking results!


You may want to consider a fat transfer procedure if:

  • You are unhappy with creased or sunken areas on your face.
  • You are looking for a more permanent solution than temporary fillers can give.
  • You would like your hands or face to have a natural, more youthful look.
  • You want to fill depressions and improve the look of scars, including acne scars.

Fat taken from your own body replaces like with like reducing the chance of allergic reactions that can result from using other dermal fillers. Fat transfer is non-invasive, with less recovery time than more involved facial rejuvenation procedures.


The purpose of fat grafting is to fill in areas that have lost volume. Of course, you must have donor sites from which fat can be taken. It is important that you do not have any circulation problems caused by smoking or other medical concerns.

If you have facial creases such as laugh lines or crow’s feet, fat can be removed from your abdomen, thighs, or other areas and injected into your face to correct them. Acne scars and sunken areas of the face, lips, and cheeks can also be filled in. Your cosmetic surgeon can even use grafted fat to minimize lines between your nose and mouth, correct skin depressions or indentations and minimize forehead wrinkles.

Fat transferred into your hands is effective “plumping up” wrinkled areas, covering underlying vessels and tendons and improving the quality of your skin over time.

If you are in good general health, have a positive attitude and realistic expectations, you are most likely a good candidate for this procedure.


Fat is harvested from one part of your body, washed and purified, and then carefully reinjected with specially designed needles into the areas that need augmentation.

Harvesting: You and your cosmetic surgeon will select a site for fat removal and will inject it with a local anesthetic. The surgeon will then create a small incision in the area for fat removal and, using a sterile technique, use a cannula and syringe to carefully extract fat.

Purification and transfer: Once enough fat is gathered, your cosmetic surgeon will process it to prepare the fat cells for transfer into smaller syringes. Purification may require the use of a centrifuge to spin the fat or a filtration process to cleanse away impurities.

Placement: The area receiving the graft will then be prepared and numbed. Using a needle or cannula, your cosmetic surgeon will carefully deposit the purified fat parcels into natural tissue planes. The process is repeated until the desired correction has been made. Some surgeons recommend massaging the grafted areas to create a satisfactory contour. The goal of is to help you achieve the most beautiful and natural-looking results and to make your surgical experience as easy and comfortable as possible.



As an experienced cosmetic surgeon, Dr. Anthony Farole has worked with thousands of men and women in the Bala Cynwyd and Greater Philadelphia area who want to achieve a natural, youthful appearance. Fat fillers are a promising new technique that can make you look as young as you feel! To learn more, schedule a personalized consultation with Dr. Farole today.



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Wisdom Teeth Extractions for Adults: What to Expect

Has your dentist told you it’s time to have your wisdom teeth out? If so, you may be anxious about having this form of oral surgery as an adult. Will it hurt? And how long will it take to heal?

The good news is that wisdom tooth extraction is a routine procedure that most people find easier than they expected. Healing takes just a few days – and with careful planning, your discomfort will be kept to a minimum.


Before surgery you will meet with Dr. Farole to learn more about the process. As part of the discussion, make sure you:

  • Talk about any health problems you have.
  • List any drugs you take on a regular basis.
  • Ask any questions you have about the surgery.
  • Discuss what type of anesthesia you’ll have. You can choose to stay awake (with local anesthesia for discomfort) or be completely asleep during your surgery.
  • Plan time off from work or school for surgery and recovery.


Most wisdom tooth surgery takes under an hour to complete. You will receive the type of anesthetic you discussed ahead of time with Dr. Farole. Your options include:

  • LOCAL ANESTHESIA. Farole will numb your mouth with carefully placed injections of novocaine. You may also breathe nitrous oxide, or laughing gas, to relax during surgery. You should feel alert again shortly afterward.
  • IV SEDATION. In addition to numbing your mouth, Dr. Farole will also give you drugs through a vein in your arm to make you drowsy. You may be awake during the procedure or fall into a light sleep.
  • GENERAL ANESTHESIA. You will receive drugs through a vein or breathe gas through a mask. You’ll be asleep the whole time and may not wake up for an hour or so after surgery.


Everyone responds differently to anesthesia. If you had a local anesthetic and are feeling alert, you may be able to return to normal activities right away. If you had general anesthesia or still feel drowsy, you’ll need help getting home and settled. In either case, it’s best to have a friend or family member drive you home after your procedure.

Most people have little to no pain after having wisdom teeth out. You’ll likely have swelling and mild discomfort for 2 to 3 days. Your mouth will heal naturally over the next several weeks. By following your aftercare instructions carefully, you should be just fine.

Here are tips for the first few days following your oral surgery.

  • Apply an ice pack to minimize swelling and skin color changes.
  • Use moist heat for a sore jaw.
  • Gently open and close your mouth to exercise your jaw.
  • Eat soft foods like pasta, rice, or soup.
  • Drink plenty of fluids.
  • Brush your teeth starting the second day. Don’t brush near blood clots in the areas that are healing.
  • Take the drugs your oral surgeon prescribes to ease pain or swelling.
  • Call our office if you have a fever, or if your pain or swelling doesn’t improve.
  • Don’t drink through a straw. Sucking may loosen blood clots that help your mouth heal.
  • Don’t rinse your mouth with too much force. If you want to cleanse your mouth, rinse gently with saltwater.
  • Don’t eat hard, crunchy, or sticky foods that may irritate tender areas.
  • Don’t smoke – it can interfere with healing.


When it’s time for wisdom tooth extraction or any other form of oral surgery, Dr. Anthony Farole will be happy to address your questions and concerns. Dr. Farole has worked with thousands of patients in the Bala Cynwyd and Greater Philadelphia area – and he will put together a treatment plan to assure that your procedure goes smoothly and comfortably. Give us a call today for a personalized consultation.




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