Friday, June 8, 2012

Quick Lunch Time Beauty Fixes

Office workers can now ditch the canteen in favour of the local clinic to combat signs of ageing during their lunch hour. Non-invasive aesthetic procedures are the latest quick-fix indulgence for people on the run, where they can walk-in for a treatment and be out within 30 minutes. In addition, they can return to work immediately and nobody would notice that they have had anything done !

Here are a few popular beauty fixes that you can indulge in during your lunch break :

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Would you like some Botox with your baguette? The growing accessibility of quick beauty fixes is seen as a good thing for the beauty conscious modern woman (and man).
1) Botox

The actual Botox injections take as little as 5 minutes and there is almost no recovery time. Most patients will have minimal needle prick marks and mild redness at the injection site which can be covered easily with make-up. It usually takes about a week to see the anti-wrinkle effects of Botox which will last about 4 to 6 months.

2) Non-ablative Laser Rejuvenation

Non-ablative laser rejuvenation has quickly become a convenient treatment option that can be accommodated in a lunch hour. Q switched Nd-YAG laser is a safe and effective rejuvenation modality that takes 15 to 30 minutes to perform. The procedure utilises laser energy to lighten skin pigmentation, minimise pores and boost collagen growth. Immediately after laser treatment, the skin is refreshed with no healing time required. However, patients with sensitive skin might experience mild redness which resolves within a day or two.

3) Permanent Laser Hair Reduction

Perhaps the days of nipping off at lunchtime for a wince-inducing wax are behind us, with permanent laser hair reduction now a quick and convenient treatment option for unwanted hair. Permanent laser hair reduction are generally done within 10 to 45 minutes, depending on the treatment areas. Usually, a series of 4 to 6 treatments are required at monthly intervals to permanently get rid of hair follicles and no recovery time is needed.

Photo source : Candela laser
Before and after photography for armpit permanent hair reduction.

4) Superficial Skin Peel

Superficial or lunch time peels commonly consist of glycolic or fruit acid peels. Glycolic peels are generally very mild and require a series of treatments. They are effective for fading brown spots and smoothing the skin. Occasionally, there may be some mild redness or flaking for a few days after the procedure. However, recovery time is minimal or negligible, which enables the majority of patients to return to work immediately following treatment.

Do note that it is advisable to spend time for a proper consultation with the doctor before the procedure. The above mentioned procedure time also does not include applying topical anaesthesia prior to treatment. If required, topical numbing cream takes about 15 to 30 minutes to achieve desired effect. However, these beauty fixes (with the exception of laser hair removal) are quite comfortable and it depends on the patient's preference to undergo treatment with or without topical anaesthesia.

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