One of the biggest drawbacks of many cosmetic treatments is that they can require a lot of downtime. Plastic surgery often produces dramatic results, but the trade-off is that you need to devote a considerable amount of time to the treatment and to the recovery period. It also takes a fair amount of time to heal and for your final results to become visible.
So what are people who have a lot on their plate or who don’t have the luxury of taking two weeks off from work to recover from plastic surgery supposed to do? You might not be able to give plastic surgery a portion of your time and energy. But that doesn’t mean that you’re out of luck when it comes to getting a refreshed and rejuvenated look.
Several procedures are designed for even the busiest of people. They don’t require a lot of time at the surgeon’s office or medical spa. They don’t require you to take more than a day off from work. And they definitely don’t make you wait for months of healing before your results are visible.
If you’d like a little pick-me-up or want to nip the earliest signs of aging in the bud ASAP, try these low-commitment, super quick procedures.
If your skin has been looking dull or a little worse for wear lately, microdermabrasion might be able to help. During a microdermabrasion treatment, an aesthetician will use a specialized tool, known as the Diamond Tome, to gently exfoliate the top layer of skin cells. The dead cells are then vacuumed off the surface of the skin for a glowing complexion.
Microdermabrasion is the non-surgical, considerably less invasive version of dermabrasion. During dermabrasion, more layers of skin are exfoliated or “sanded” away. Recovery time is usually much longer, up to two weeks.
In contrast, many people are able to get back to their regularly scheduled lives pretty much right away after microdermabrasion. Another crucial difference between the two procedures is that microdermabrasion is safe for all skin types, while dermabrasion is usually only recommended to people with light skin.
What can you expect in terms of your appearance after microdermabrasion? Your skin might look a bit pink at first, but this usually fades quickly. With the top layer of dull, dead skin cells gone, you’re likely to notice that your skin looks more luminous and that fine lines are less visible. If you had discoloration or dark spots, they will also be less visible.
Botox injections are a quick way to temporarily get rid of lines and wrinkles created by repeated facial movements and certain facial expressions. Treatments usually take about 15 minutes and patients can go right back to their day afterward.
The results from Botox usually appear within a week. Results last for up to three or four months. If you’re happy with your results, you have the option of scheduling repeat treatments to keep the wrinkles from returning.
Injectable fillers, such as Juvederm, Perlane and Restylane, also help to minimize the appearance of lines and wrinkles on the face. Although both fillers and Botox are quick in-office injectable treatments, there are a few differences between them.
For one thing, most fillers provide results that are visible immediately, although there might be some initial swelling. Another difference is how long the fillers last. While Botox lasts for three months, the typical filler can last for nine months or even longer, depending on the product and how quickly your body metabolizes it.
Some types of fillers, notably those made from hyaluronic acid, can be dissolved with the injection of an enzyme. If you decide that a particular filler isn’t right for you, you aren’t stuck with it for nine months to a year.
Fillers also treat different wrinkles than Botox. Fillers fill in lines and creases created by gravity. You do have the option of combining injectable fillers with Botox to improve your results
Another “micro” procedure that can help rejuvenate your skin quickly is microneedling. During a microneedling treatment, a small “pen” covered in tiny, sharp needles is rolled across the skin. The tiny needles create micro-injuries in the skin, which kickstart the body’s rejuvenation processes by encouraging the production of collagen.
Microneedling is appropriate for all types of skin and works for several areas, including the face, neck, and hands. Depending on how much rejuvenation you want, the person performing the treatment can adjust the depth of the needles. You can also combine a microneedling treatment with serums or lotions to improve results.
Although the treatment itself doesn’t take much time, it’s important to note that it can take a couple of weeks before rejuvenated and refreshed skin becomes visible.