With the recent boom in remote work and teleconferencing, people are spending more time than ever before looking at themselves—often at an awkward angle and in a poorly lit room. Rather than sitting in meetings looking at everyone else’s face, remote work has given people another face to glance at every few seconds: their own.
For many reasons, including paying extra attention to their appearance, people are searching for solutions to look better on camera and in person when they return to a normal routine. And in many cases, the solution they settle on is facial plastic surgery.
Increased Demand for Plastic Surgery Procedures
All the extra attention people give to their looks leads to something scientists call perceptual distortion. We fixate on looking our best in an unflattering environment to the point where our subtle flaws become larger than life, prompting us to search for a solution.
Although advertised as being just as good as an in-person meeting, video calls are hard on our brains, since we’re used to seeing our colleagues and friends in three dimensions, not two. Since everyone watching has lost cues about depth, contour, and body language, it’s even harder to look good on camera without some serious help.
Another factor driving people to consider facial plastic surgery is the fact that, on video conference calls, not only are you looking at your own face, you’re comparing it to the faces in the windows around it. Video chats put your appearance side-by-side with others, making it nearly impossible to resist comparing your looks with the other people on the call.
More Time at Home For Research and Recovery
Finally, working from home has given many people more freedom and time to pursue their own interests. As they become increasingly receptive to the idea of plastic surgery, they have the time to research certain treatments, learn what options may be available for them, and plan a timeline for recovery.
The flexibility of working from home has not only increased the number of people searching for facial procedures, but also the invasiveness of the procedures. People may be more willing to undergo invasive treatments that require longer downtimes because they can adjust their schedule in ways they couldn’t before working from home. Plus the temporary healing changes can be well hidden behind a face mask.
What Procedures Are People Getting?
Both surgical and non-surgical procedures have increased in popularity in the last year, as people seeking cosmetic enhancements have different tolerance levels for invasiveness and budgets of different sizes. Yet, all patients can benefit from facial procedures at Walker MD, whether addressing a specific problem area or rejuvenating the whole face.
Non-Surgical Facial Procedures
Still the most popular non-surgical treatment option, injectables like Botox or fillers, have seen the biggest boom in requests in recent months. Able to provide temporary and targeted results for crow’s feet, forehead lines, and frown lines, injectables can give your face a subtle lift and take a few years off your appearance. We also use these injectables for our innovative non-surgical rhinoplasty. These treatments are fast, easy, and don’t require any downtime.
If you’re looking for something to help your skin look more vibrant in the lighting of your home office, non-invasive treatments such as skin resurfacing may be right for you. Our chemical peels and laser resurfacing can reveal a healthy glow without injections or invasive surgery, providing clear, youthful skin you’ll be happy with at any angle.
Surgical Facial Procedures
If you’ve been waiting for just the right time to get cosmetic surgery, and are wondering whether now is that time, you’re not alone. Requests for procedures like facelifts, neck lifts, jawline contouring, buccal fat removal, and others have seen increased demand due to the time people spend checking how their faces change with different expressions in the selfie camera—perhaps revealing wrinkles they didn’t notice before.
No matter what your tolerance is for downtime, there are multiple options for nearly every facial aesthetic concern. Recent trends suggest people are more willing to upgrade their results by combining multiple procedures into a single surgery. This can save time and money while providing stunning results. Plus there is downtime only once. To learn about which procedures can be combined for your personal best results, schedule a consultation with double board-certified facial plastic surgeon Dr. Thomas Walker.
Learn More About Facial Plastic Surgery Procedures
At WalkerMD, we’re happy to help you craft a surgical plan that’s right for you. Whether you’re ready for a total transformation, or just looking to make a subtle change, we can help you find the procedures that work best with your goals and timeline for recovery. Call us today at 470-900-FACE (3223) or contact us online to schedule your consultation with Dr. Walker.