Many, if not most, people consider getting a little something done from time to time. A tummy tuck when struggling to zip up their jeans, fillers when looking at lines in the mirror, breast augmentation when trying to fill out a cute top. For some, this is just a passing thought. For others, it is a genuine goal.
And yet, out of those who truly want plastic surgery, thousands never so much as book their consultation.
There are many barriers that keep people from getting the cosmetic procedures they want. Perhaps one upside to the pandemic is that it has eliminated quite a few of them.
Quarantine and Plastic Surgery
When lockdown began in early 2020, non-essential services were forced to close in most states. This included med spas and plastic surgery offices. While this sounds like it should have spelled doom for the industry, when things began to open up again after a few months, providers found they were more in-demand than before the pandemic.
It sounds wrong, on the surface. In the middle of quarantine, when everyone was masking up or staying home, people were seeking elective cosmetic procedures.
However, once you dig deeper, it makes a lot of sense.
Quarantine Equals Downtime
One of the biggest barriers to people getting cosmetic procedures? The associated recovery period.
Let’s take a mommy makeover for example. With this combination procedure, the patient chooses what they want to include. A typical mommy makeover involves liposuction, a tummy tuck and a breast lift with augmentation. For such an extensive procedure, most patients will need 1-2 weeks off from desk work, and up to 6 weeks off from work that involves more physical activity. Few people have enough paid time off saved up to take that many days off from work.
With pandemic plastic surgery, though, this is less of a concern. People are working from home, which means they can work from bed, taking on less strain than they would in the office. There is also no need to worry about driving restrictions since there is no commute. And that lack of time on the road alone frees up extra time for resting.
Zoom Equal Less Visibility
After plastic surgery, you are likely to be swollen, bruised and just generally looking tired, given it’s a surgical procedure. With med spa treatments, you might be left with redness, swelling, bruising and peeling skin, depending on what you have done.
In a traditional work environment, you don’t have much ability to hide these signs of cosmetic procedures, and depending on your work culture and preferences, this can be a big problem.
Working from home, any lower body procedures are easy to hide from prying eyes. No one needs to notice that you had a tummy tuck last week or that you had lipo on your thighs. As for facial procedures, you can take a week or so with the camera off, or even use filters to get by.
Setting Your Schedule Equals Flexibility
While not everyone gets to set their schedule as part of working from home, many do. This means that, if they want, they can take an extended lunch break, making it easier to fit in med spa treatments such as UltraShape® Power and VelaShape™ III. It’s even possible to work from a location closer to the med spa, such as a café, allowing for treatment without changing the schedule at all.
If you are still working from home, now is the time to take advantage of the benefits it offers and get the cosmetic procedures you’ve been dreaming about.
Dr. Francesco Campanile is a board-certified plastic surgeon who is also fellowship trained in hand and microsurgery. Dr. Campanile knows that making a lasting change to your appearance is a big decision. His calm, professional approach and deep caring for his patients set a tone that will help you feel confident and relaxed while reviewing your options and learning all about the procedures that can benefit you. Request a consultation today to meet with Dr. Campanile in person.