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What are Lunch Hour Procedures? MARK A. SCHUSTERMAN, MD, FACS

Fellow of the American College of Surgeons American Society of Plastic Surgeons American Board of Plastic Surgery American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery American Board of Cosmetic Surgery Association of American Physicians and Surgeons Texas Surgical Society Texas Society of Plastic Surgeons

A lunch hour procedure is any cosmetic treatment that you can get taken care of in under an hour.  Along with the short treatment time, you will also be able to get back into your daily routine as soon as it is finished.  This excludes procedures which are relatively short but require an extended recovery time.  With advancing technology, there are more lunch hour procedures than ever before.  Here’s a quick look at some of the most popular options.

Photofacials

The purpose of this treatment is to help repair and minimize the appearance of skin that suffers from sun damage or age spots.  It can also smooth out your skin texture.  This is accomplished through the use of AFT light treatments.  In general, this treatment will last anywhere from 15 to 45 minutes with minimal or no downtime.

Lip Enhancements

The purpose of lip enhancements is to increase the fullness of your lips.  In most cases this is accomplished by utilizing an injectable filler.  The treatment time is normally less than an hour.  Your recovery time is normally minimal, although the type of filler you use can affect this.

Injections

Along with lip enhancements, there are a broad range of injections which can be applied to other parts of your body.  Some of the most popular options include Botox and Restylane.  Depending on the injection you plan on getting, the treatment time can be less than 30 minutes for up to an hour.  This is based on the type of injection as well as the number of treatment sites.

Microdermabrasion

Microdermabrasion can be used to treat your entire face in less than half an hour.  This procedure is most commonly used to reduce fine lines, treat acne, and minimize sun damage.  There are a variety of technologies which can be used, however the basic premise is the same.  It is a noninvasive process in which dead skin cells are removed – normally through friction.

Facial Laser Hair Removal

This process can vary in treatment time based upon how much air is being removed.  Only in rare cases will exceed an hour.  It provides a long-lasting solution that other noninvasive techniques lack.

Laser Tattoo Removal

In most cases, laser tattoo removal can be completed within 15 to 20 minutes.  It is a good idea to get a brief consultation first because the amount of treatment time will be based on the size and location of the tattoo being removed.  During this process, a focused beam of light will be absorbed by the intent to.  Once this happens, it will naturally be converted into heat.  When this happens, the ink will break up into smaller particles which your body can naturally eliminate through the lymphatic system.

As you can see, there are a number of procedures you can have taken care of over your lunch break.  It is important to note that every spot and clinic operates a little differently.  This means you should always talk to them prior to making an appointment, to ensure that the treatment will be complete within the specified time frame.  When getting the time estimate, double check to make sure it includes the check-in and checkout process as well.

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