So many women have toyed with the idea of plastic surgery, but opt not to go through with it. Among some of the most Googled, and most feared procedures is that of traditional facelifts.  But what if there was an easier way to erase years off your face in a short amount of time?  What if that amount of time was as short as your lunch break? 

For women who are looking for ways to defy the aging process, but don't want to commit to major surgery, a new procedure offers just the alternative.  Introducing The Lunch-Hour Facelift. This new high-tech, low-risk procedure erases wrinkles with lasers, rather than a surgeon knife - and all in 60 minutes!  Read our interview below with Dr. James Marotta, Board Certified Facial Plastic Surgeon, to learn more about this new beauty innovation.

What is the difference between a traditional facelifts and the lunch-hour facelift? 

Unlike a traditional surgical facelift, lunchtime facelifts involve not one, but several small nonsurgical procedures. These may include Botox injections, laser skin resurfacing, and dermal filler injections. Additionally, the  procedure can be performed in under an hour with relatively little down time.

Who would be the ideal candidate for this procedure? 

Where a traditional surgical facelift was more suited for men and women in their mid-forties and older, the lunch-hour facelift procedures are targeting men and women in their 30s and above in an effort to address the first signs of fine lines and wrinkles. This procedure allows patients to treat the visible aging signs as soon as they appear. The procedure is also great for patients who want to erase years off their face, but do not want to commit to major surgery.      

Given that it is far less invasive, what makes this procedure effective?

This procedure is effective because it encourages new collagen growth, fills in fine lines and wrinkles, and gives the skin a more youthful look that is still subtle and natural.

What type of results can patients expect to see after their lunch hour face lift and how long will the results last?  Are the results drastic or subtle?  

The results are much more subtle than a traditional facelift, but still effective. Patients will have tighter skin and their fine lines and wrinkles will begin to disappear.  However, a lunch break facelift will not completely erase deep wrinkles. That is something only a traditional facelift can correct.

Any pain or swelling involved?  

After the procedure, most patients have some redness and swelling. Some als o suffer pain and bruising. However, the side effects and downtime are much shorter and less severe than a traditional facelift.

How popular is this procedure?  

This procedure has been growing in popularity. While the days of traditional facelifts are far from over, increasingly more patients have been opting for this non-invasive feature, which is cheaper, less intense, and fits easily into their busy lives.

How often will the procedure need to be repeated?  

Depending on the level of results a patient wants, they may sometimes need up to 6 sessions. The results last up to one year.

What skincare products can you recommend to help aid in healing from this procedure? 

Arnica Montana is an herbal supplement that can be taken orally or applied topically as a gel to limit any bruising.  It also decreases inflammation and swelling.

Overall benefits?  Any additional skincare tips associated with prepping or maintaining skin post procedure? 

Good skin care is essential to maintaining a youthful appearance.  Keeping skin well hydrated, using medical grade skin care products that contain Vitamin-A, exfoliating acids, moisturizing and protecting yourself from the sun are all key elements.