Pandemic Stress Leads to Increase in Cosmetic Procedures
Many Americans are still staying at home as their state leaders slowly roll out new guidelines for reopening cities during the COVID-19 pandemic. The slow reopening roll-out means a lot of people are still working from home and using video conferencing apps to stay connected. But it turns out many people don’t like looking at themselves on these video conference calls and it’s taking a toll on their self-esteem.
Plastic surgeons say they are seeing a spike in consultations for cosmetic procedures (https://nypost.com/2020/04/21/video-calls-are-driving-rise-in-plastic-surgery-consultations-on-lockdown/). It’s not just because people are seeing their face up close and personal on a screen, but also because the stress from the pandemic is affecting people’s appearance.
Things like not getting enough sleep, not eating right, not exercising and just being stressed in general can all take a toll on your appearance. It’s important to remember to drink enough water to keep yourself hydrated and your skin looking healthy.
The surgeons tell the New York Post that they have seen more people show interest in procedures like rhinoplasty, which had been on the decline. If you have a procedure in mind, they say that computer-generated images are a little bit variable and sometimes can be unrealistic so it’s important to remember the goal might not be attainable.
If you are using these video-chat software programs for the first time you may be one of the many people experiencing this rise in self-consciousness. The surgeons say this is an issue that is going to be around for a while because these methods of meeting are not going to go away any time soon.
If you would like to schedule a consultation to discuss some areas you are concerned about, we would love to hear from you. Dr. Bishop is one of the best plastic surgeons in Utah. Call our offices if there is something we can do for you in the meantime.