The term “Lunchtime Procedure” is commonly used today to describe a treatment that can be done quickly and without “downtime”. I think this term can sometimes be over-used by marketing. This is primarily due to the attractive thought of a walk-in, walk-out procedure done on your lunch break that does not require interruption of our busy lifestyle. That may sound too good to be true, but there are such procedures, so let’s look a little closer at what is a realistic “lunchtime procedure”.
First, the treatment must be quick enough to have you check in, do necessary pretreatment, the procedure, and post-care in less than an hour. Second, the after effects must be mild enough that you could return to usual activities with minimal make up and post care. Lastly, the procedure must not be overly painful or stressful. Otherwise, you would not feel like returning to activities after the procedure.
Now that I have set the framework, let’s see what we can do at Pure Radiance that fits these criteria.
Laser Hair Removal: For unwanted hair, nothing works better than laser hair removal. It is quick and easy with no downtime.
Botox: Treatment of choice for lines of motion such as the frown, forehead, crows lines, and upper lip. Treatment takes less than 20 minutes and the patient can immediately return to work. Restrictions on exercising, rubbing the area, and lying down are in effect for 3 hours post treatment. The results develop over 7-10 days.
BBL Photo Facial: This treatment helps reduce sun spots, redness, rosacea, and uneven complexion. Regular treatments have been shown to slow aging of the skin. You can return to work immediately after. The patient must be sure to wear sunblock daily for one week before and after BBL, but activity is not restricted.
Fillers: Used to replace the fullness of cheeks, temples, and lips as well as softening the naso-labial fold and mouth corner drooping. Fillers can easily be applied in a one hour appointment which allows plenty of time for photos, numbing cream, and the filler placement. The results are immediate and improve over about 10-14 days. The patient should not do any stressful exertion such as vigorous exercise the day of treatment, but routine office work is not a problem.
Coolsculpting: This amazing technology can kill 25% of the fat in a treated area in just 30 minutes. The entire process of prep and post treatment is easily done in less than one hour. Results occur gradually over 2 months.
ThermiVA: This feminine rejuvenation procedure causes tightening inside and out. It is also known to be beneficial for improving stress incontinence, sexual satisfaction, and vaginal rejuvenation. Easily done in less than an hour and most patients can appreciate results with the first treatment. There are no activity restrictions.
Ultherapy: This is a non-surgical skin tightening treatment that is done with micro focused ultrasound. Full face and neck treatment takes about 2-3 hours but smaller areas such as brow lift or lower face can be done in less than one hour. Result occur over 3-6 months.
I hope this helps your understanding of the “Lunch Time Procedure”.
Mack Stewart M.D.