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?

Doctor Answers 17

Lunchtime Facelift is Misleading-Avoid

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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.

Lunchtime Facelift - worth it?

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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
Orlando Plastic Surgeon
4.6 out of 5 stars 13 reviews

Lunchtime procedures don't all offer immediate results

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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, FACS
Massena Facial Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 7 reviews

Depends on what's for Lunch

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"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

Lunchtime mini-facelifts

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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
New York Plastic Surgeon
4.2 out of 5 stars 30 reviews

YES lunchtime procedures are effective and can be impressive!

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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
4.7 out of 5 stars 46 reviews

Better time spent enjoying your lunch

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Any lift that can be performed in under an hour and with no noticeable swelling is probably just a slap in the face. Any real procedure that provides a significant and long-lasting result will take more time and require some recovery.

Our mini-lift takes about 2.5 hours and is performed under local anesthesia in the office. A major portion of time is also dedicated to slowly providing effective anesthesia. We perform a deep plane lift that targets the jowls and upper neck. Patients go home wearing a chin strap with an expectation of a 1 week at-home recovery.

Anand D. Patel, MD
Brookfield Facial Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 22 reviews

A surgical procedure will almost always give better, longer lasting results

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A true mini facelift, at least as performed at my practice, is a surgical procedure requiring downtime. The results are long-lasting and better than what you can get with non-surgical “lunchtime” procedures, however, you will not be able to go straight back to work. If you are looking for minor facial rejuvenation, non-surgical procedures such as Botox, fillers, and laser resurfacing can provide some benefit. However, if you have significant sagging of the skin, a surgical procedure will always give you better and longer-lasting results. I suggest visiting a board-certified facial plastic surgeon for a consultation where you can discuss your goals and concerns and come up with a custom treatment plan. I hope this helps.  

Explore Your Options

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This is a situation in which “if it seems too good to be true, it probably is” certainly applies. You’re correct that there are facial rejuvenation treatments you can receive during your lunch hour, and you’re correct that mini facelifts can be a highly effective way to help you look younger. However, these are two different options.

A mini facelift can strike a perfect balance for patients who want natural-looking results with minimal downtime and minimal scarring. For instance, the Band Aid Facelift uses only gentle numbing and can be performed in my comfortable office setting, and has been an ideal choice for thousands of my patients over the past 20 years. Still, it is a surgery, and though the recovery time is significantly shorter than it is for a traditional facelift, allowing your body time to rest and heal is crucial for your final results.

If you do need to stick with procedures which can be performed during your lunch break and you’ll be happy with a more subtle improvement, there are options available. Injectables like Botox®, Dysport®, Restylane®, and Juvéderm® are particularly brief, and produce results lasting anywhere from three months to a year or more. You may also be a candidate for non-surgical skin firming procedures, light chemical peels, laser resurfacing, or other similar treatments.

Regardless of what you choose, keep two pieces of advice in mind. First, look specifically for a “board-certified plastic surgeon” to be sure you’re getting the most experienced and qualified professional. And second, be up front with the surgeon about the type of results you’re looking for and how much recovery time you’re willing to commit to. Being honest can help you both select the right procedure for your needs and expectations.

John L. LeRoy, MD, FACS
Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 1 review

Lunchtime lift efficacy

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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.

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