While elective surgeries and procedures largely halted back in March when COVID-19 was declared a pandemic, there is one area that has reported an influx of demand. Cosmetic surgery clinics around the world – including the United States, Japan, South Korea, and Australia – have seen more patients heading under the knife. Why? Because it’s an easy and inconspicuous recovery at home. Let’s take a look at how recovery became that much easier during 2020.
1. Recovery behind a mask
If you are looking to have work done on your lips, chin, cheeks, or nose, our favorite new 2020 accessory will help hide the area you are healing. The face mask has been a game-changer for people who had issues with recovering in the spotlight. You may want that rhinoplasty or facelift, but surely you do not want people to see you in the state of recovery (we don’t blame you!). The facemask can help you feel comfortable and “normal” as you go out for the essentials of your routine life during recovery.
2. Recovery at home without time off
For many patients, this is the optimal time to have elective surgery. They are either unemployed due to the economic downturn, or they are now enjoying a flexibly remote work schedule. When individuals are working from home, they are less likely to take time off compared to their pre-pandemic lifestyle because now all their work is accomplished through a computer, and it requires less strenuous activity.
3.Recovery at your own pace
Recovery is a general concern when it comes to plastic surgery. How will recovery impact your life? Will you be able to take medication and go about your daily activities? Will you be able to work or take care of your kids? Will it impact your livelihood? COVID-19 caused a slow pace of life for many and made it the ideal time to move forward with this type of surgery. Peoples’ work-life balance was altered, and they are not commuting anymore which often interferes with the ability to be on necessary medications. For these reasons, surgical procedures are now more accessible than ever for you to undergo at your own pace.
How has COVID-19 changed the way that cosmetic surgery clinics operate?
Now, given that these surgeries take place in a medical setting, it would have been impossible for clinics to remain unimpacted by the coronavirus. Businesses around the world shut down, but plastic surgery clinics stayed open with a couple of simple implementations. They adopted stricter measures like COVID-19 tests and more frequent cleaning. This allowed them to continue to serve their customers during this time and handle the influx of demand coming their way.
Overall, recovering at home has put plastic surgery within the reach of many that may not have considered it pre-2020. With more leisure time and a face mask to hide the area you are healing, why not?