Be honest. How much time do you spend looking at the people you’re talking to on Zoom versus your own face on the screen?
Many Americans are spending more time looking at their reflection on video calls, in their bedroom mirrors and off the window as they look out from their homes in which they are quarantining during the COVID-19 pandemic. And not everyone is thrilled with what they see. Could that explain why more Americans are getting plastic surgery than before?
“More people are paying attention to the things that are closer to home,” said Scott Miller, a board-certified cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgeon and the founder of Miller Cosmetic Surgery Center in San Diego, Calif. “It doesn’t matter as much what car you drive, where you go on vacation, so maybe taking care of yourself and how you look and feel has gone up on peoples’ priority list.”
Nearly a quarter-million more cosmetic procedures were performed in 2019 than the year before, according to data from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), which predicts even more interest next year. But even during the coronavirus pandemic, Miller said he’s been as busy as ever since reopening his practice after the early stages of the outbreak.
“The early signs of patients’ confidence in resuming procedures with our trusted members is a testament to why we do what we do,” said ASPS President Lynn Jeffers in a release.
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