During the COVID-19 crisis, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) surveyed 1000 people who had never undergone a plastic surgery procedure before. They found that nearly 50% of respondents said they were open to having one in the near future.
Compare these numbers to 2014 when a similar survey revealed that only 17% of respondents would consider plastic surgery in the near future, and 49% were opposed to the idea.
This means we’ve seen the number of people considering plastic surgery nearly triple in recent years. So, if you’re considering a nose job or rhinoplasty, you’re far from alone.
In fact, COVID has been a driving force in shifting people’s attitudes about plastic surgery. Here’s why.
More Video Calls
Video conferencing tools, like Zoom, have given us the chance to stay connected during the lockdown. However, it’s also giving us the chance to zero in on our own faces.
If you spend most of your time on video calls trying not to look like you’re checking yourself out in the tiny window below, don’t worry, you are far from alone.
You may not be used to appearing on these video calls all day. This means that if you wanted to change the shape of your nose prior to COVID, you’re probably ready to pull the trigger.
Cancelled Plans and a Bit More Money
Another side effect of the COVID-19 crisis is that we’re seeing countless people having to cancel their vacation plans due to travel restrictions. At the same time, we’re also seeing a lot of parents having to cancel their children’s summer camp plans. This leads to them having a bit of money, and yes, they’re allowed to treat themselves with it.
This money is frequently going to home improvements, like a new pool or kitchen, but it’s also going to self-improvement. If someone was on the fence about getting plastic surgery before, they’re now suddenly willing and very able to hop off of that fence.
Recovering While Working From Home
The new work-from-home lifestyle is also giving people the opportunity to have cosmetic surgery and recover at home, without having to burn through their vacation days.
With a nose job, most patients will have their nostrils packed with gauze, while a splint helps the nose maintain its new shape. Most people will experience some swelling and bruising around the eyes that peaks after 2 or 3 days and lasts for about 10 days in total.
If you’re working from home, there is no need to use precious vacation time to cover those 10 days of recovery. You can take a day or two to recover from your operation, and then dial into work on Monday and recover comfortably from your own home, while you continue working.
COVID-19 has given us all a chance to think about what we would love to change about ourselves. But the increase in demand for plastic surgery goes beyond self-reflection. More people now have the motivation, the means, and the time to take control of their appearance.
Is it time for you to do the same?