05 Jun 6 Lunchtime Cosmetic Procedures
Ever heard of Lunchtime Cosmetic Procedures?
It’s lunchtime. That’s when we heat up our meal-prepped lunches or hit the food truck line. It’s when we’re not sure what to eat so we settle on the same thing we get all the time. But lunchtime isn’t exactly “lunch time” for some people. It’s some personal time to hit the bank, pay some bills, or connect with an old friend. What we’ve noticed is that more and more persons take their lunch hour to take care of themselves and their skin. These are quick treatments your dermatologist can handle in time for you to get back into the office. More importantly, these lunchtime cosmetic procedures have long-term benefits for your skin’s health, appearance, and wellbeing. If you’re in for a fast, effective treatment at the expense of forgoing your favorite tacos, look no further than these top lunchtime cosmetic procedures.
Dermabrasion has been around for decades. It’s a simple procedure that uses a rotating device to stimulate collagen production and blood flow. Recently, microdermabrasion has come to the forefront, using crystals to exfoliate the skin.
Taking only 20-minutes, microdermabrasion is like having a relaxing facial in the middle of a hectic day. A hand-held, gentle diamond tip is glided across the skin. with mild suction, it removes dead skin cells. In addition to exfoliating the skin, microdermabrasion stimulates blood flow. This increases oxygen and nutrient delivery to skin cells. Your skin is softer, smoother, and healthier.
Say goodbye to fine lines, wrinkles, discoloration, and acne- scars. Also, your skin is more receptive to skincare products- e.g. moisturizers and anti-aging serums- for maximum effect. People who have multiple sessions enjoy significantly clearer skin.
2. Superficial Chemical Peels
Chemical peels have been around for ages. The process involves a solution of alpha and beta hydroxy acids that are applied to clean skin with a cotton pad or light brush. Over the next few days, it causers the dead surface cells to turn over and peel off. Much like microdermabrasion, chemical peels exfoliate your skin. There are various strengths of chemical peels, and our signature “Eternal Glow Peel,” often referred to as the “lunchtime peel,” is the most gentle, and ideal for sensitive or rosacea-prone skin. It is an effective method of rejuvenating your skin without a large investment of time. If you have a big event coming up, an Eternal Glow Peel a day prior will have you “red-carpet ready.”
Deeper peels, however, take much longer as they affect the middle and deeper layers of skin. So for a quick, effective procedure, superficial peels work best. Superficial peels that are commonly performed contain natural alpha-hydroxy acids (AHA), such as lactic, glycolic, and malic and mandelic acids. The peeling solution is applied to clean, dry skin with a brush or sponge, left on to penetrate for about 15 minutes, then removed with water. As the dead skin cells peel away, you see smoother skin that is revitalized and radiant. In addition, the peel stimulates the production of collagen and elastin thus reducing fine lines, acne scars, and skin discoloration.
3. Laser Genesis
Dermatologists use lasers to remove hair, spots, and scars on the skin. However, lasergenesis is a more gentle, effective way to improve your skin’s tone and texture. It sends light and heat energy to the collagen layer of the skin. The skin responds with collagen production and increased blood flow. Our gentle and non-invasive Laser Genesis treatment reduces acne, scarring, fine lines, and wrinkles. The procedure also improves the overall appearance of your skin.
During the treatment, as we wave the laser hand-piece over your skin, you will feel a gradual warming sensation. It is pleasant and soothing, much like warm sunlight on your face. The heat from the laser kills bacteria on the skin and within the hair follicles, diminishing active acne, and preventing future breakouts. The heat also stimulates collagen production that heals scars and improves the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Your skin is firmer and more youthful-looking and feeling—all without any downtime. Your skin will have a refreshed glow in less than an hour.
4. Try a DermaSweep
DermaSweep is a painless, non-invasive treatment that reduces the appearance of pores and improves the general appearance and texture of your skin. A DermaSweep forms part of the micro resurfacing family, but takes a 3 pronged approach to skin treatment. By using exfoliation, improving circulation, and infusion of solutions (like Vitamin C, hyaluronic acid, or peptides), DermaSweep gives you amazing results in a short time.
The procedure, which takes about 30 minutes and involves no downtime, uses proprietary bristle tips that gently remove the top layer of the skin, “sweeping” impurities from the pores. Serums are then applied to the skin to hydrate and minimize pores. In addition, the procedure stimulates blood flow to enhance the delivery of oxygen and nutrients to the skin and increases the production of collagen that firms and tones the skin. The procedure leaves your skin feeling cool and refreshed.
5. Cortisone Injections
Whether one pimple rears its ugly head or there is a full-fledged breakout, your upcoming first date or job interview can suffer —solely due to your self-consciousness. A cortisone injection during your lunch hour is the quickest and most effective way to calm down the inflammation.
Cortisone injections reduce inflammation, swelling, and is especially useful for patients who don’t respond to conventional acne treatment. Your dermatologist will inject a small amount of corticosteroid directly into the acne nodule. While some topical treatments and antibiotics take weeks, a steroid injection can clear you up in just a couple of days. Note that you must wait at least 6 weeks between injections at the same spot.
6. Radiesse Hand Filler
No matter how youthful your face, your hands can give away your age—or make you look older. As we age, the skin on the back of our hands becomes thinner and tendons, veins, and bones become more visible. And all those decades of sun exposure leave behind ugly flecks of brown spots.
Radiesse injections are fillers that seek to help with thin-looking skin and appearance on our hands. The injections are simple, painless, and involve no downtime. This dermal filler contains tiny calcium-based microspheres suspended in an aqueous gel. We inject the gel under the skin with a small needle and gently massaged for even distribution. Instantly, the back of your hands are “plumped up” and supple so that the tendons and veins are no longer prominent. The body eventually absorbs the gel, metabolizes the microspheres, and produces more of its natural collagen to keep the hands looking youthful.
This is a safe, quick procedure with minimal side effects. It’s also one of the fastest lunchtime cosmetic procedures – about 15 minutes, tops. You’ll see results immediately, and they can last up to two years or more.
Schedule an appointment fo lunchtime cosmetic procedures
For a knowledgeable consultation and to learn more about options for lunchtime cosmetic procedures, contact us or book an appointment online now. Our lead physician, Dr. Ife J. Rodney MD, FAAD is a trusted medical, cosmetic and surgical dermatologist in Maryland. We are conveniently located in Fulton, MD. We serve Columbia MD, Clarksville, Ellicott City, Laurel, Bowie, Silver Spring and surrounding areas in PG and Howard County, Maryland.