Nonsurgical cosmetic procedures have been rising in popularity despite tough economic times, especially since many people who want to  improve their appearance are unwilling to take time off work. For these people, “lunch break” cosmetic procedures are able to offer many of the benefits of surgery without any of the downtime. A recent article on FaceForum highlights some of the options available for patients with an hour to spare.

According to FaceForum writer Christine Adamo, the key advantages of “lunch break” cosmetic procedures are speed, convenience, minimum recovery, and quick results. She advises patients to be aware that some procedures can take different amounts of time for different people. When consulting with your plastic surgeon, be sure to ask:

  • how long the procedure may take,
  • whether you will be able to apply makeup afterwards, and
  • about any redness or swelling that may result.

The “lunch hour facelift” is a set of procedures that provide facial rejuvenation without the need for surgery. Botox and dermal fillers such as Juvederm & Restylane can be injected during a single session and produce quick wrinkle-erasing effects.

Microdermabrasion, a gentler alternative to dermabrasion, can often be performed within an hour. By using tiny crystals that gently scrub away dead and damaged skin, microdermabrasion reveals healthier skin and stimulates the body’s healing process.

Laser therapies may take as long as two hours but can sometimes last only 30 minutes, depending on the technique and skin area. IPL photo-rejuvenation and laser vein therapy can usually be performed quickly and easily. Although multiple sessions are often required in order to produce the best possible results, these are spaced several weeks apart, so you don’t have to worry about skipping lunch too often!