- Mary Caldwell For the AJC
You could grab a bite to eat during your lunch hour or run an errand, but why not use the time to treat yourself to a cosmetic procedure? Here are five you can have in Atlanta while on your midday break:
Atlanta APC Plastic Surgery, 550 Peachtree St. NE, Suite 1480, Atlanta. 404-240-2804.
Chemical peels involve having a chemical solution applied to your skin, which makes it eventually peel off. It can be used to help reduce the appearance of fine lines, age spots, freckles and mild scars. It's used on the face, neck or hands.
If you're going back to work after your peel, you may want to ask for a light concentration. A peel may make your skin temporarily red, but that's less likely if the solution is relatively mild.
Laser teeth whitening
Dentistry for Midtown, 855 Juniper St. NE, Atlanta. 404-249-1716.
Laser whitening utilizes a bleaching agent that's painted onto your teeth, and a laser or light is then used to activate the whitening. The process usually produces highly effective results in a single treatment, making your teeth look whiter in about an hour.
The results will last from six months to a year in most cases. If you have this done during lunch, you'll want to skip the cup of coffee on the way back to work since it can stain your teeth.
Leg vein therapy
Vein & Skin Laser Center, 980 Johnson Ferry Road NE, Suite 430, Atlanta and 2665 N. Decatur Rd. Suite 730, Decatur. 404-508-4320.
If you have varicose or spider veins, they can cause pain and swelling as well as a less-than-ideal appearance. Laser or radiofrequency treatments can help seal off these veins and reduce their appearance. Patients usually feel little or no pain during the procedure.
The results can be impressive, and most people can go quickly back to their normal routines.
Lunch hour face lift
Kim Facial Plastic Surgery, 3042 Oakcliff Road, Suite 200, Doraville. 770-458-4255.
This treatment can involve Botox and/or Juvederm, both of which help relax wrinkles in your forehead and the so-called marionette lines that can run from your nose to your mouth. Laser resurfacing is also added, which can help reduce the appearance of freckles and give your skin a rejuvenated appearance.
Unlike a traditional face lift, the lunch hour version involves no cutting.
Johns Creek Dermatology & Family Medicine, 6300 Hospital Parkway, Suite 100, Johns Creek. 770-771-6591.
Microdermabrasion uses micro-crystals to essentially polish your skin. It removes the outermost layer of dead skin cells, which helps make your skin look more evenly toned. It can also make fine lines, age spots and acne scars look less obvious.
The procedure doesn't hurt, but your skin may look slightly red and be more sensitive for a few hours. Using a calming moisturizer can help minimize the effect.