The reported boom in plastic surgery is based on anecdotal evidence. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons will not report estimates on the number of surgeries performed this year until spring. However, many people worried about their appearance in the middle the switch to high definition (and later 4K) video. So it makes sense that people feel embarrassed when they are on a conference call with their coworkers, family and friends. All the time.
There are other reasons cosmetic procedures are on the increase beyond more frequent video calls. Social distancing measures and the shift to working from home mean patients can recover without having to take too long or miss many in-person events. Wearing a mask outside can mask the swelling after the procedure.
Plastic surgeons are also playing catch-up on procedures that were put on hold during lockouts. As such, it can be much more difficult to schedule up-to-the-minute appointments and surgeries, despite the risks of coming into contact with others amid the pandemic.
While a cosmetic procedure can boost someone’s self-esteem in our busy video calling reality, it may not be a quick fix for long term happiness. “If you like the way you go about surgery and it gives you new confidence, the confidence is unlikely to last if you haven’t significantly changed the architecture of your mind,” said behavioral psychologist Michael Mazius at Publish.