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Lunchtime Face Procedures Worth It?

How much facial rejuvenation can I really hope to achieve in an hour or two before going back to work?  Are these so-called "lunchtime" min-lift procedures effective?

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Lunchtime Facelift is Misleading-Avoid

I have been doing Facelifts for almost 30 years and a mini takes at least one hour and the time to prepare you with local anesthesia and prepping and dressing after takes another hour. Unless you have a 2!/2 hour lunch break forget it.

No one who has had an effective-I mean lasting_ mini facelift will want to go back to work afterwards.

Please be realistic and avoid the marketing hype. Don't be one of the sorry ones who believed the lunch time lift, could not go back to work, and ended up with a horrible result.

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Lunchtime procedures don't all offer immediate results

For immediate results, how much rejuvenation can you expect? It all depends on what you want to achieve. If you want complete facial rejuvenation then it will take longer than your lunch hour to make it happen.

However, if you want a more radiant complexion, we can achieve that over the course of the lunch hour. A good example is a HydraFacial or a microdermabrasion; you can see the results in an hour.

If we use the laser, we do not see the results right away. You can get Botox and go back to work right away but you will not see the results right away. If you get Radiesse or Juvéderm you can also see the results right away and return to work after lunch hour.

If you want to achieve something over lunch hour, there are basically, two categories.

  • If you want to achieve something with little downtime and over the lunch hour, you can achieve that with the HydraFacial, Microdermabrasion, fillers, some laser procedures if you put make up on.
  • Botox and most laser procedures take more time to show the full results.

Henri P. Gaboriau, MD
Seattle Facial Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 6 reviews

YES lunchtime procedures are effective and can be impressive!

Facial rejuvenation is something everyone should do. It may be fillers for lines or lips or botox for dynamic crease or it may be IPL's for age spots or broken capillaries on the face. It can even be light chemical peels to refresh the skin or even threadlifts to pull up that sagging skin a little. Even lip implants are quick, easy, permanent and reversible.

We offer a package that consists of 5 sessions usually 2-4 weeks apart and consists of 3 procedures at each session. You get a vibraderm (microdermabrasion), IPL treatment and also a light chemical peel at each session. Cost is $3000 for the face or $4500 for face, neck and chest. All accompanying creams needed are included.

Other Costs: Juvederm $550/syringe, Elevess 550/syringe, Restylane 550/syringe, Cosmoderm 450/syringe, Radiesse 850/syringe, Artefill 1250/syringe, Botox $350 for 1 area/$600 for 2 areas/$800 for 3 areas, Light chemical peels $250-350 each-face, Medium chemical peels $750-1500 each-face, Threadlifts $3500 cheeks/jowls, Lip implants $1500/lip.


David Hansen, MD
Beverly Hills Dermatologic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 29 reviews

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Only if you want a lunchtime result!  You should consult a well qualified plastic surgeon who performs a variety of procedures and can help you choose an appropriate solution for your needs.  Don't be swayed by slick advertising from a franchise operation.  If you feel the urge, search the internet to see what kinds of problems people have encountered.
 Although no surgeon is perfect, some surgeons are less perfect than others.

Richard O. Gregory, MD
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Depends on what's for Lunch

"Lunch Time Lifts" are a marketing term that have emerged over the last 5 -6 years with the increasing demand for minimally invasive procedures and quick recovery times. There are two categories of the these procedures:

1. The fillers and injectables lift: these are where fillers like Juvederm, Restylane of Sculptra are used to provide increased volume and lifting of the face. Certainly can be effective but need to be used in patients with mild needs - they will never get rid of jowls or extra skin. Typically offered by dermatologists who do not operate or surgeons who expand their practice beyond just operating. Again can be worthwhile but only for the right type of patients.

2. The Surgical Lifts: these are face lifts usually done with local anesthesia and minimal incisions. The quality of these procedures and their results are highly variable. The experience, ethics and qualifications of the Surgeon are very important in determining the results you will get.

Do your research and make sure that a "Lunch Time Lift" is what you need and all will be well.

Kamran Jafri, MD
New York Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Lunchtime lift efficacy

When some doctors market lunchtime lifts, they make it seem as though you could really return to the office. This is misleading. If I expect patients to apply ice packs to their faces after Botox or Radiesse, I would certainly expect this after a mini-lift so it wouldn't be wise to return to work. This terminology is meant to make the procedure seem less intimidating. Frankly, a mini-lift is a minimally invasive facelift in and of itself. It is a useful tool in relatively young patients with limited sagging. And no, I would not recommend that anyone return to work the same day. You have to be realistic about this being a procedure and also about the potential results. Ask yourself if you would go back to work after having a root canal or an extraction? Most people would say no. You should be evaluated by a board certified plastic surgeon who can suggest appropriate procedures for you.

Robert L. Kraft, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
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Lunchtime Lifts?

There are numerous procedures that can be performed with minimal down time and little recovery. Botox injections combined with a facial filler, such as Juviderm is one example. Another example is Pelleve  or Titan facial wrinkle treatments. These procedures provide some improvement. As time marches on, additional treatments will be required. These treatments do not provide the kind of improvement possible with surgical facelifts, but are a choice that can make many feel and look better.

Temp Patterson, MD
Burley Facial Plastic Surgeon

Lunch Time Procedures

The use of Botox and Facial Filler in appropriate hands can make a face look younger in minutes with little to no downtime.  The key here is an injector who understands facial aesthetics and can reshape your face in a more attractive and youthful manner.

Anil R. Shah, MD
Chicago Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Lunchtime mini-facelifts

There are a lot of procedures that can safely and effectively be done to improve your facial appearance over your lunchtime. You might choose Botox/Dysport injections, fillers such as Restylane, Perlane or Juvederm, or possibly a light or laser treatment. All of these options may be completed during a short visit over your lunchtime. The right combination of procedures chosen to address your concerns can make a very big difference in your appearance.

The surgical options that are worth having are not able to be completed during your lunch hour. There are some of the franchised mini-facelift advertisements that promise surgery will be done in one hour though this is usually not truly the case. Be careful about the hype of advertising. Choose the best procedures to match your needs and concerns. Always consult with doctors that are certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery  to ensure that you are in good hands.

I hope this info helps!

Adam Rubinstein, MD
Miami Plastic Surgeon
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Lunchtime mini-facelifts

These lunchtime procedures are a great marketing tools to get you into the office. They are minimally invasive but do not really offer any significant long-term results.

Steven Wallach, MD
Manhattan Plastic Surgeon
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