The lockdown era has seen a rise in plastic surgery in the United Kingdom, United States and Australia that has been termed, “the Zoom Boom”. People have become more aware of correctable flaws because of the amount of time spent on videoconferencing on computers and smartphones. Because they have greater downtime to recuperate from plastic surgery, such as laser hair removal procedures provided by Dermani MEDSPA, this has led to a surge in demand for plastic surgery, to fix those correctable flaws. Plastic surgeons are inundated with patients, with many working from early morning to late at night to keep pace with demand.
The “Hard Shoulder” reports that social media apps such as Zoom and Snapchat, and the increase in the use of selfies has made people more conscious about their looks. In the Zoom era, people are seeing themselves in a different light. Many people have a latent dissatisfaction with some area of their bodies and Zoom makes people even more conscious about those facets of their bodies. Though plastic surgery has negative connotations surrounding it, it is important to understand the therapeutic value attached to plastic surgery. Plastic surgery can be empowering because it gives people the ability to make people feel better about themselves by making them look better.
Before the lockdown era began, typically, people with a latent satisfaction could not engage in plastic surgery because they could not schedule the recuperation time needed. Though laser hair removal can take as little as 5min, it can also take as long as an hour, so even without concerns for recuperation, many people struggled to fit in that kind of time in their very business schedules. This acted as a barrier to demand for plastic surgery such as laser hair removal. The idea of widespread laser hair removal practices was at some point thought of as science fiction, but, with more people working from home, it is easier than at any time in history to schedule even very aggressive laser hair removal procedures. People have been able to undertake procedures which they had wanted to take but had not because they could not get the time necessary.
With more people working from home and with the rise of telemedicine, people are able to schedule plastic surgery treatments and often, their first encounter with a doctor is by videoconferencing. This has had the effect of improving the quality of healthcare as patients report greater satisfaction with the attention their doctor’s pay them, and therefore are more likely to have plastic surgery.