If you thought about the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on plastic surgery, you would probably expect it gave it anything but a boost. After all, clinics in many areas shuttered for elective procedures. However, it’s what many plastic surgeons are reporting: they saw a major boost in interest from plastic surgery patients during the pandemic.
Although this strange boost might make sense, it doesn’t change the fact that nonsurgical facelifts remain a better choice for facial rejuvenation than a surgical facelift.
Why Plastic Surgery Got a Boost
During the pandemic, some of the biggest drawbacks of plastic surgery became less significant.
For example, one of the biggest concerns about a surgical facelift is the long recovery time. Usually, patients are asked to take several days off, sometimes as much as two weeks of not going into the office, and they may take four weeks or more before they are ready to return to full duties at work. However, under work-from-home conditions, people were better able to incorporate plastic surgery into their routine. They could set up shorter workdays, and even if they work a full day, they don’t need to commute. Plus, people could split the workday up into smaller blocks to accommodate their need for more frequent and longer breaks.
People also like that working from home means they don’t have to worry as much about people seeing them during their recovery period. During recovery from surgery, people often develop significant bruises and swelling. Working from home means people can go without being seen for days on end. And if they need to be seen, they have an excuse to wear a mask, which could conceal the worst of the bruising and swelling.