Lunchtime beauty treatments - do they really exist?
So many treatments are advertised as ‘so quick and easy you can fit them in your lunch break’, but is this really true? Do you really have time to get to an appointment, have a treatment and get back to your desk without incurring the wrath of your boss?
Let’s be realistic. Nobody’s slotting a facelift or liposuction in between their daily meetings. To comfortably fit a treatment into your lunch break it needs to last around 30 minutes, maximum. Not only does this give you leeway for travel, prep, and a quick pre- and post-treatment chat with your practitioner but it also leaves you with enough time for the ‘lunch’ part of your break.
It doesn’t really matter if the results aren’t noticeable immediately – it’s more about having the time to get there, have your treatment, and get back to your desk.
Lunchtime beauty treatments
There are a few things to bear in mind before you dash off to the clinic at 1pm. If it’s your first time undergoing a specific treatment, odds are you’ll need a consultation. Your practitioner will want to run through your medical history, past experiences, and goals. This isn’t just a way to pad out your appointment, but a vital part of ensuring you have satisfying (not to mention safe) results.
Some practitioners also prefer to have the consultation and first appointment on separate days, to give you time to reflect on whether it’s the right choice for you. If this is the case, you might need to spread your appointment across two lunchtimes.
Eczema, vitiligo, psoriasis, acne scarring, and wrinkles are all stubborn skin concerns, but treatment doesn’t need to take longer than your lunch hour. Phototherapy uses specific wavelengths of different coloured light to reduce oil production, kill bacteria, and boost collagen production. This only takes 30 minutes but will require you to give up a few of your lunchtimes to see the full impact.
The go-to method for smoothing out fine lines and wrinkles is the very definition of a lunchtime treatment – at least, it is for Botox veterans. In less than 15 minutes, you can zip in and out of a Botox top-up with nothing more than a bit of redness around the injection site.
It’s a slightly different story for first timers. Your practitioner needs to talk through your medical history, how Botox works, and the concerns you’re hoping to treat. Then they’ll decide where to inject, as well as how much Botox you need. This can take over an hour in total, meaning you may need to split the consultation and first session into two lunch breaks.
If you’re a filler newbie, the same rules apply to your first session as Botox. Everyone’s features are different, and everyone has different aesthetic goals, so you’ll need to discuss these with your practitioner beforehand to ensure you’re on the same page. Then they’ll choose a type of filler, as well as the number of syringes needed.
After this – and in your subsequent filler appointments – they’ll usually apply some numbing cream, such as lidocaine, to reduce discomfort. This needs to sit for a while and can sometimes take longer than actually injecting the filler. Once you’re nice and numb, this part takes anywhere between five or 30 minutes, depending on the size or complexity of the area. Results are instant (but the swelling might make them look slightly exaggerated when you return to your desk).
With multiple injections of vitamins and minerals, mesotherapy can tackle multiple concerns – from wrinkles and dry skin, to cellulite, and hair loss. Depending on what you want to achieve, mesotherapy can easily be squeezed into your lunch break. Anything involving your face or similarly small treatment areas should only take around 30 minutes.
However, the larger the treatment area, the longer the session. This is especially relevant to anyone wanting to target hair loss and cellulite, which can take up to one hour, so might not be lunchtime appropriate.
If you’re struggling with stubborn cystic acne, steroid shots are a reliable – and quick – solution. Injected directly into each cyst, they deliver a dose of cortisone (a synthetic hormone like cortisol) to reduce inflammation and redness. Dermatologists can administer each shot in a matter of seconds, meaning you can fight acne without sacrificing the chance to actually eat your lunch. Results start to kick in in a matter of hours, so you might even see results before you leave your desk again.
Dehydrated skin won’t feel the benefits of Profhilo for four to six weeks, but the treatment itself only takes 30 minutes. Several injections of hyaluronic acid are inserted just beneath the barrier, helping skin retain more moisture and stimulate collagen – which, in turn, improves elasticity and volume. Just remember that, as with any injectables, your skin might be red or slightly swollen for a few hours.
Booking your lunchtime beauty treatment
Only minimally invasive treatments (most of which revolve around skin) are quick enough to comfortably squeeze into an hour, but this can still be a huge relief to your schedule. Just remember that some treatments might leave skin red, irritated, or inflamed, and applying makeup to recently treated areas can pose the risk of infection. If that’s an issue for you, book your meetings accordingly – and maybe skip any big plans after work.
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