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Video calls are driving rise in plastic surgery consultations on lockdown

Article-Video calls are driving rise in plastic surgery consultations on lockdown

Video calls are driving rise in plastic surgery consultations on lockdown

Forced into social isolation and remote work, people are taking a good hard look in the webcam and realizing they don’t like what they’re seeing on-screen.

A near-global lockdown during the coronavirus pandemic has made video conferencing a primary mode of communication between friends, family and co-workers, and plastic surgeons say that trend is reflected in an influx of appointments and consultations for cosmetic procedures.

Suddenly faced with their own faces, doctors say individuals who are now working from home aren’t used to looking at themselves so much.

“People now … are looking at themselves more than they every have probably in human history,” NYC-based plastic surgeon Dr. Norman Rowe tells The Post. “Everyone is walking around with a camera … and their entire staff looking at them.”

Rowe says communicating via screens has “people looking at themselves critically” while tuned into Zoom meetings and gatherings.

“They tell me that they’re always looking at that little box of themselves in the upper right-hand corner, analyzing their face,” he says.

Fellow New York doctor Stephen T. Greenberg agrees, pointing out that people are beginning to realize “they don’t look as good as they thought they did.”

“Plus, they want to feel better about something, and they want to feel better about themselves in a very, very difficult time,” he adds.

Greenberg says he’s also seeing a renewed interest in procedures such as rhinoplasty, which had been on the decline.

“Even the younger people are looking at their noses, saying, ‘Oh my God, my nose is that big?’ ” he says.

The stress of a global health crisis and economic collapse is also, understandably, taking a toll on peoples’ appearance. Rowe says many come to him and ask, “What can I do to make myself not look as tired?”

In lieu of in-person consultations, cosmetic surgeons can now deliver a digital depiction of your desired post-op result in online consultations — although Greenberg admits that patients should take virtual models with a grain of salt.

“I think that computer-generated images are a little bit variable, and sometimes they can be unrealistic,” he says. “So we have to tell a patient beforehand [that] we may not be able to obtain this, but this is what our goal is.” Also no one is sure when people will be able to schedule nonessential surgeries again.

Since the COVID-19 outbreak, millions have logged on to video-chat software for the first time. Rowe believes the shift is giving rise to rampant self-consciousness and vanity — with no end in sight.

“That’s an issue that is going to be around for a while because I don’t think Skype and alternative methods of meeting [via video] are going to go away anytime soon,” he says.


New York Post

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