Long before stay-at-home orders forced millions of us to talk to each other online, most people weren’t all that keen on what they looked like on Zoom. Heather Schwedel was one of them.
At one of her Zoom meetings, “a gargoyle” stared back at her from her laptop screen, Schwedel, who works for the online magazine Slate, wrote in December.
It was her face, which somehow looked a “dull shade of greige (you know, gray-beige).”
And, was one of her eyes “wonky”?
“I don’t think it’s especially vain of me or anyone else to worry about my on-camera grotesquery; video conferencing awakens the vanity in all of us,” wrote Schwedel, who, it must be said, exaggerated with that unkind assessment of her face.
Seeing our faces in full Zoom, in fact, has been enough of a shock during the pandemic — when Americans are visiting with family, working, going to school, dating, getting married and even throwing a national political convention online — to send some of us to the plastic surgeon.
Members of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons across the country report increased demand for cosmetic enhancements, especially Botox injections and fillers that erase lines, wrinkles, crow’s feet and all those telltale signs of aging on the face. Patients are also inquiring about more invasive surgical procedures, including tummy tucks, breast augmentations and liposuction.
As Dr. Michelle De Souza, a plastic surgeon for the University of Kansas Health System, and her colleagues cleared a backlog of procedures after covid-19 stay-at-home orders were lifted,