Dr. Wendell Funk

Cosmetic Surgery in Lancaster, PA (PA)

717.299.9551

    Dr. Funk Discusses SculpSure On “From Both Sides”

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    Dr. Funk recently sat down with Dr. Michelle Sellito from the local TV show “From Both Sides” to discuss a new non-invasive body contouring procedure called SculpSure, which is being called the “25 Minute Game Changer” in the body contouring industry!

    Check out the video of the interview, along with a demonstration of the procedure, below:


     

    If you’d like to know more about SculpSure, call us at (717) 299-9551 or fill out our contact form to set up an appointment.

     

    Dr. Funk Discusses CoolSculpting on “From Both Sides”

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    Dr. Michelle Sellito from the local TV show “From Both Sides” recently stopped by the office to sit down with Dr. Funk to learn a little more about non-invasive body contouring with CoolSculpting.  And she didn’t just talk about it – she actually had the procedure done so she could experience it first hand!

    Check out the video of the interview, and the procedure below:


     

    If you’d like to know more about CoolSculpting, call us at (717) 299-9551 or fill out our contact form to set up an appointment.

    Considering Breast Augmentation?

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    “What Should You Consider If You Are Thinking About Breast Augmentation”  

    One of the first things you should consider about breast augmentation is what type of implant is best for your body type. In the United States, two types of breast implants are approved for sale: saline-filled implants (those filled with a saltwater solution) and silicone gel-filled implants. Both have a silicone outer shell and vary in size, shell thickness and shape. The implants are used for increasing breast size, for reconstruction after breast cancer surgery or injury, and to correct developmental defects.

    A few things to note:

    When considering breast augmentation, remember that cleavage is right up there with cup size. It’s important to understand before your surgery that increasing the size of your breasts is not what gives you cleavage. Cleavage is a function of the shape and width of your chest and how close your breasts are together.

    If cleavage is important to you, be sure to talk about it before you have your surgery so you won’t be disappointed. And remember, you can buy a bra that will help too.

    Don’t expect your plastic surgeon to make your breasts look just like the picture. Your results depend a great deal on your natural breast anatomy.

    ARE YOU READY?  QUESTIONS TO ASK YOURSELF

    Am I choosing to enhance my appearance for me? I know that others may support me, but no one is pressuring me.

    Am I realistic about the results of the surgery? I understand that cosmetic surgery can improve my appearance, but it cannot change my life.

    Do I fully understand and accept the potential risks associated with my procedure? I know that there are no guarantees, but outcomes are usually very good if I have reasonable expectations.

    Am I in good shape physically and emotionally? Are there any underlying health disorders or mental health conditions I have not disclosed to my surgeon.

    Can I afford this? Can  I afford all the costs of surgery, including non-monetary costs such as the time to recover.

    Why is now the right time for my surgery? Why now rather than a month or a year ago, or, conversely, a month or a year from now? The timing fits my schedule. I have not  been offered special incentives to schedule surgery and I am not feeling pressured to commit to a plan before I am ready.

    Am I completely comfortable with my surgeon and the staff in his office? My surgeon spent time with me, answered my questions and recommended a surgical plan that is designed to achieve my stated goals. The staff is friendly, helpful and supportive and I have been given informed consent documents and pre- and post-procedure instructions.

    These websites are good for your research:

    PlasticSurgery.org
    This is the official website of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and the most comprehensive source of plastic surgery information online.

    PlasticSurgeryPlanner.com
    We drill down into the nitty gritty of how to prepare for your plastic surgery, and what to do to recover well and quickly. These are best practices that we have learned throughout the years, mainly by listening to our patients, but also in some cases by having the procedures done ourselves.

    Realself.com
    Read comments about breast augmentation from women around the country and check out their popular, “Was it worth it?” feature.

    The most important tip – Be sure the doctor you choose is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery.

     

    The Eyes Have It!

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    Eyes“The Eyes Have It” and you want to keep It! “It” is the youthful, bright and smooth appearance we all want to achieve.

    At Dr. Funk Cosmetic Surgery we offer several products and procedures that can assist in reducing fine lines and wrinkles:

    The Pellevé System delivers constant, gradual radiofrequency energy deeply into the skin, causing heat to build up where the skin and fat layer meet. The increasing heat modifies the collagen bundles deep in the skin, causing contraction and stimulating the growth of new collagen over time.

    BOTOX® Cosmetic

    The BOTOX® injection is the single most popular cosmetic procedure in the United States today. This powerful treatment for wrinkles, crows’ feet, and frown lines is quick, easy, and amazingly effective.

    Restylane®

    Restylane® is a clear, biodegradable gel composed of hyaluronic acid. This compound is naturally present in the body, making Restylane® very safe to use for most patients. Restylane® is a dermal.

    Juvéderm™ Injectable Gel

    Juvéderm™ Injectable Gel, like Restylane®, is a hyaluronic acid dermal filler. This product is effective for both deep wrinkles and finer lines

    Perlane®

    Perlane® is another hyaluronic acid filler. However, Perlane® is more concentrated than other alternatives, making it appropriate for patients with deeper, more pronounced wrinkles and folds.

    Sculptra®

    Sculptra® is a dermal filler based on polylactic acid gel. Because this product is synthetic, there is very little risk of allergic reaction for patients using Sculptra®.

    Collagen

    Collagen has been used in injectable form for many years to treat a variety of minor facial imperfections, and also to augment the lips and cheeks.

    Schedule a consultation today, because who wants Crow’s Feet messing up their Windows to the Soul?

    Laser Hair Removal

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    LaserHairTired of shaving, waxing, tweezing, and plucking? Now, it’s possible to discover your beautiful smooth skin without the tedious, painful, and often short-lived fixes.

    Laser hair removal provides a fast, easy solution for permanent hair reduction, allowing you to look and feel your best without all the hassle.  We offer laser hair removal treatments for both men and women in our Lancaster, PA, office.

    The secret to laser hair removal is the clinically-proven technology that targets and destroys cells responsible for hair growth without harming surrounding skin. It’s a simple approach to permanent hair reduction that’s fast, easy, and FDA-cleared. Best of all, treatment sessions can take just minutes.

    Rely on laser hair removal for treatment of unwanted hair on the:

    •    face

    •    underarms

    •    arms

    •    chest

    •    back

    •    bikini line

    •    legs

    The Benefits for Laser Hair Removal

    Light-based hair removal can work for almost everyone, including all skin colors and most hair types. For men, laser hair removal is great for permanently reducing chest and back hair for a cleaner, younger look. For women, it’s a great alternative to creams and waxing for reducing hair on the face and body, including delicate areas around the lips and the bikini line.

    Benefits include:

    •    Permanent reduction of facial and body hair

    •    Fast, easy treatments with little to no downtime

    Frequently Asked Questions

    What areas can be treated?

    Laser hair removal can remove hair from the face (except around the eyes), back, chest, arms, underarms, bikini line, and legs.

    Am I a good candidate for this procedure?

    Laser hair removal is available for all skin types, including very light and very dark skin, and most hair colors. Your provider will determine whether you are a good candidate for the procedure based on a variety of factors.

    How does it work?

    Light is used to target and destroy hair follicles responsible for hair growth without harming surrounding tissue.

    How long does it take?

    Laser hair removal treatments take just minutes for small areas and about a half hour for larger areas.

    How many treatments will I need?

    Several laser hair removal treatments are recommended for the best results. Your treatment provider can help tailor a plan just for you. You do not need to let hair grow out between treatment sessions.

    What will the treatment feel like?

    Most people feel only a slight, momentary “snap” at the treatment site during the procedure.

    How quickly will I recover?

    You can resume regular daily activities immediately following treatment.

    Are there any side effects?

    Some typical side effects of laser hair removal include a mild sunburn-like sensation (redness), accompanied by some minor swelling immediately following the treatment. These effects may last a few days.

    Save Your Skin This Summer

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    SUNBURNIt’s that time of year again!  The weather is getting warmer, the sun is shining – and we’re all tempted to spend more times outdoors soaking up a few rays, sitting by the pool. and heading to the beach.

    While there are many benefits to a little sun exposure (feeling better, better sleep, more vitamin D), like many things – the key is moderation.  In the pursuit of the perfect tan, many people end up getting too much sun, and overexposure to the sun’s UV rays can cause a host of problems including wrinkles, dry or irritated skin, premature aging, sun spots, and skin cancer.

    While a day out in the sun can be fun, skin cancer is definitely no day at the beach.  The statistics about this common disease are staggering:

    • Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States. More than 3.5 million skin cancers in over two million people are diagnosed annually.
    • Each year there are more new cases of skin cancer than the combined incidence of cancers of the breast, prostate, lung and colon.
    • Over the past three decades, more people have had skin cancer than all other cancers combined.3
    • One in five Americans will develop skin cancer in the course of a lifetime
    • One person dies of melanoma every hour (every 57 minutes).
    • A person’s risk for melanoma doubles if he or she has had more than five sunburns
    • One or more blistering sunburns in childhood or adolescence more than double a person’s chances of developing melanoma later in life.
    • Regular daily use of an SPF 15 or higher sunscreen reduces the risk of developing squamous cell carcinoma by 40 percent and the risk of developing melanoma by 50 percent.
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    So your best defense is to protect yourself – apply sunscreen before you head outing the sun!  That sounds simple enough, but with the vast selection of sunscreens with varying levels of SPF protection, how do you determine what option is best? Well since you asked, here’s a great article from SkinCancer.org that explains everything you need to know about picking the right sunscreen!

    If you are one of the many people who are experiencing wrinkles, premature aging, or sun spots due to over exposure to the sun, we have a few options to help such as Obagi® skin care products, and Fraxel® a revolutionary laser treatment. Both are options to help treat sun damage, wrinkles, other signs of aging, and common skin conditions.

    So remember, there’s nothing wrong with loving the sun – you just need to protect yourself, and your beautiful skin!

    Dr. Funk Sponsors Les Misérables at Fulton Theatre

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    les-miserablesDr. Funk is proud to sponsor the Fulton Theatre’s 2014 production of Les Misérables, one of the most popular theatre productions of all time, and the most popular Fulton production ever!

    “In 2009 the Fulton staged Les Misérables. The production was an unqualified hit with audiences, and for good reason. This blockbuster hit musical combines an epic story—with its universal and uplifting themes of hope and salvation—with gorgeously soaring melodies and unforgettable lyrics. We extended the run twice and shattered all box office records. It has taken us five years to get the rights to produce the show again, and we are so thrilled to bring our version back to Lancaster. With a clear focus on storytelling and spectacular singing, this extravagant production will triumphantly close out the 2013/2014 season.” – from Fulton Theatre website.

    In fact, the excitement for this year’s production was such that the Fulton extended the run before the show even opened! Performances of Les Misérables at the Fulton will run from June 3-July 13, 2014.  Visit the Fulton Theatre website, or call the box office at (717) 397-7425 for tickets.  

    Dr. Funk has always appreciated the arts, and is a classically trained pianist.  Dr. Funk regularly lends his talents as a performer to the annual Fulton Follies, a variety show style fundraising event for the Fulton Theatre.  

     

    Reveal your natural brilliance with Fraxel® laser skincare

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    Crow’s Feet. Turkey Neck. “Thinkles”. You know those lines of wisdom on your forehead? Yeah, you do.

    If you’re unhappy with deep lines, wrinkles, sun damage and other signs of aging on your face and neck, you may be interested in fractional resurfacing – a series of procedures known as Fraxel Repair®, Fraxel Restore® or Fraxel Dual®.

    Fractional resurfacing creates thousands of microscopic treatment zones per square centimeter, stimulating repair and rejuvenation by inducing the skin’s natural wound-healing response. Fraxel systems can treat conditions such as fine lines and pigmentation, acne and surgical scars, deeper lines and wrinkles and Actinic Keratosis. With over a decade of treatments to date, Fraxel technology is proven science that gets real results on the signs of aging.

    Fraxel Repair® is the most aggressive treatment and can produce dramatic improvement for severely damaged skin. This is a single treatment and requires more downtime and after-treatment care. Fraxel Refine® and Fraxel Restore® are less aggressive treatments and produce significant results for mild to moderately damaged skin. Both of these Fraxel® systems require three or more treatments to achieve the desired results

    Fraxel Dual is very specific and effective at treating brown pigment including sun damage lentigines (sun spots), aging spots, and studies are being conducted for the treatment of melasma. In a single treatment, remarkable clearance of pigment occurs within 7 to 10 days. The treatment is very tolerable, either with or without numbing cream. The face as well as the entire body can be treated.

    Fraxel Repair®, Fraxel Restore® or Fraxel Dual® – because turkey-neck only looks good on a turkey!

     

    Shaping Up With Liposonix!

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    Have you been successful in your weight loss and exercise program but you feel that you still have the bothersome “inch to pinch”?  You may be the perfect candidate for a new treatment called Liposonix.

    LipoSonix is a non-invasive body contouring procedure which uses high-intensity focused ultrasound technology to target and destroy fat in the trouble areas such as belly, love handles and thighs.  And with little to no downtime or aftercare, you can resume your active lifestyle right away.  The procedure is safe as there has been more than a decade of research and testing behind its development.

    The outer layer of skin is not damaged as the ultrasound energy from Liposonix can be focused to specific depths of fat. Destroyed fat tissue is processed naturally over a period of 8-12 weeks. Unlike other non-invasive body contouring procedures which require several treatments, Liposonix claims that only one hour-long treatment is necessary to see results, in most cases up to 1 dress or pants size difference!  Who wouldn’t love to see that change in an hour?!

    “91.3% of Liposonix patient subjects responded that the flatness of their abdomen had improved after just one treatment.”

    As opposed to other invasive procedures, like Liposuction which have painful, long-term side effects, the side effects of Liposonix are fairly mild, short-term and tolerable.

    What are you waiting for?  Give us a call now at (717) 299-9551, or email us via our contact page to set up a consultation to see if Liposonix is right for you!

    Misconceptions about Plastic Surgery

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    There are a lot of misconceptions about plastic surgery, ranging from misunderstanding it’s purpose (it’s all about physical beauty and looking good), to thinking that only rich and famous people get it done, and whether or not it’s a permanent solution to certain concerns like scars, acne, and being overweight.

    In a blog post on the American Society of Plastic Surgeons website, they do a great job of addressing the top 5 myths about plastic surgery.  Those myths are:

    #5 -Plastic Surgery is all about beauty and vanity

    #4 –  Plastic Surgery patients are the rich and famous

    #3 – Only women get plastic surgery

    #2 – Plastic Surgery leaves no scars and lasts forever

    And the number 1 myth about plastic surgery?

    #1 – Plastic Surgery is the same as cosmetic surgery

    This number one misconception is a very important one, with a lot of new ‘medi-spas’ creating the perception that the cosmetic services they offer may be the same as what a patient would get from board certified plastic surgeon.  Also, a number of other doctors that are trained in other areas, but not necessarily in plastic surgery, are offering plastic surgery procedures.

    Here’s an excerpt from the ASPS blog post that clears up the difference:

    “All plastic surgeons do not have the same training. Many doctors trained in, and board certified in, other specialties such as gynecology or family medicine have ventured into plastic surgery, causing what is known as “white coat confusion“. Yes, they are board certified – but not in plastic surgery.

    Likewise, doctors who report to be board certified in cosmetic surgery are not recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties. Being board certified in plastic surgery means that a physician has undergone years of specific training related to all the nuances of cosmetic and plastic surgery.

    Patients choosing a surgeon for their cosmetic and plastic surgery procedures should always inquire about a doctor’s specific board certifications and if he or she is a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS).”

    Dr. Funk has been board certified by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons since 1991.  Prior to that, he also went through extensive schooling and training, including a residency program at Ohio State University School of Medicine and a prestigious fellowship in Reconstructive Genitourinary and Plastic Surgery at the Eastern Virginia Graduate School of Medicine in Norfolk, Virginia.

    After receiving his training in these distinguished and prestigious centers of education, he was selected to become a member of an elite group of cosmetic plastic surgeons who completed a fellowship in cosmetic surgery in New York City at the world famous Manhattan Eye Ear & Throat Hospital in 1988, under the surgical training of some of the most famous cosmetic plastic surgeons in the world.

    Only a small percentage of cosmetic surgeons actually complete an additional six to 12 month fellowship in cosmetic surgery in such prestigious medical environments. A fellowship is extensive educational and hands-on surgical training electively taken after a mandatory residency.

    It’s this intense training and board certification, paired with Dr. Funk’s eye for the aesthetic, that have earned him the recognition as one of Central PA’s top plastic surgeons.