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Which Cosmetic Procedures Have The Quickest Recovery Time?

Plastic surgery in general has seen a surge in popularity in recent years, and a noticeable aspect of this surge has been the rise in “lunch-break” procedures. These procedures—so named because they take about the same time to complete as making and eating a sandwich—usually involve either no surgery at all, or fairly non-invasive surgery. In this post, we’ll take a look at what you can get done if a quick recovery time is essential!

What Influences Recovery Time?

The main thing, of course, is the procedure itself (which we’ll get to below). But recovery time is also influenced by your lifestyle, your diet, your age, your general health, your individual genetics, and the skill and technique of your surgeon. Heavy smokers usually wait a while longer to see full results, as do people who do strenuous work or suffer from chronic stress. If you’re young, healthy, and carefully follow the personalized instructions of an experienced plastic surgeon, you’re likely to see a much faster recovery than most people. In saying that, it’s important to give yourself more time to heal than you think you need; be generous with how much time you take off work!

Which Procedures Should I Choose?

The more invasive the procedure, the more time you’ll generally need for recovery. This means that non-invasive procedures are your best bet for a speedy, stress-free new look:

  • Nonsurgical rhinoplasty – This is a great temporary alternative to the classic nose job. Instead of an incision, your surgeon will give you a quick injection of hyaluronic-acid filler, and then mold it into the desired shape. Full results are usually visible immediately, and can last for a year or more.
  • Botox (and alternative fillers) – A quick, no-nonsense method to reduce wrinkles and create a more youthful appearance. With full results often visible in 3–7 days, there’s a reason Botox remains the most popular cosmetic procedure in the U.S. Experienced facial plastic surgeons are able to make considerable improvements while retaining your natural look.
  • Kybella – An increasingly popular option for dealing with stubborn double chins, Kybella is an injectable treatment that essentially “dissolves” fat tissue. Multiple studies have confirmed its safety and effectiveness, and the required time for full recovery is usually just 24–48 hours.
  • No-acid chemical peels – You may have heard that medium or heavy chemical peels cause a painful “burn”, and have an extended recovery time. This was true in the past, which is why Dr. Siegel worked with a small pharmaceutical company to produce a unique acid-free, burn-free peel. The absence of acid shortens the recovery time considerably, but is just as effective as regular peels. The acid-free peels are ideal for combating wrinkles, blemishes, acne scars, and more.

The above list is by no means exhaustive, so feel free to browse our website for more great “lunch-break” options. Dr. Siegel favors minimally-invasive techniques for all procedures, including surgical ones, and he tries to keep downtime as limited as possible. To find out more about which treatment might work best for you, contact him today!


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May 1, 2020 Update:

Our office has reopened as of Monday, April 27th and we are following the recommended guidelines for maximum safety.

  • To make this transition as safe as possible, and to comply with physical distancing, we will be limiting the number of people in the waiting room to only one person.
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