Plastic Surgery Increases Thanks to Social Media and Remote Work
Plastic surgery has been around for a long time. John Peter Mettauer was the first American plastic surgeon who performed cleft palate surgery on a patient in 1827. Despite the benefits that come with cosmetic surgery, it has often been stigmatized as being superficial and those who have undergone these surgeries have often been judged for being too plastic or fake looking, especially men. However, male plastic surgery has been on the rise, too, and it’s expected to continue.
Regardless of the stigma of these cosmetic enhancement operations, plastic surgery has started to rise in popularity in recent years thanks to pop culture, social media and remote work.
TikTok has become one of the world’s most used social media platforms for teenagers, young adults, and even those with some years under their belts. Using TikTok, many influencers have begun spreading awareness and pride over the cosmetic surgeries they have used, from Brazilian butt lifts to mommy makeovers.
These operations aren’t always just about enhancing someone’s looks, though. Many of these surgeries also come with amazing health benefits. For example, rhinoplasty is performed to change the shape of someone’s nose and may allow them to breathe better and breast reduction surgery can be used to alleviate pain in the shoulders and back for those who have a bigger chest.
So, how has social media and remote work affected the cosmetic surgery world? Well, there are a few reasons behind this and we will look at and discuss them below.
When the COVID-19 pandemic first started, the world came to a stop as places went into lockdown, began using online sources for health appointments, and began working from home.
One popular software that has been used for both telehealth and remote work purposes is Zoom. Zoom allows you to conduct video calls in order to avoid meeting in person but these video calls have some downsides to them.
The Zoom Bom, also sometimes referred to as the “Zoom Effect”, is what experts have been calling the phenomenon behind this new increase in plastic surgery. When the world shifted from in-person meetings to online ones through platforms like Zoom, people began realizing all of the imperfections of their facial features. As more people became unhappy with the way their faces appeared on Zoom, their interest in plastic surgery grew.
Another reason for the sudden surge in cosmetic enhancement operations is the fact that patients are able to spend more time recovering in the comfort of their own home without having to worry about going into the office and being judged by their coworkers.
Since the pandemic, remote work has, essentially, taken over. More and more people have decided that they would prefer to work from their homes in their pajamas as opposed to commuting to a stuffy office where they would have to spend the next eight hours.
This also means that patients of these elective surgeries can work from home while in the recovery process and can avoid the judgmental stares and whispers from their colleagues.
For those who are unable to avoid their 9-5 office jobs, there’s still the benefit that comes from wearing masks that can cover the unpleasant healing process of some elective surgeries such as those to do with the nose, cheeks, and lips.
Social media also plays a big part in why plastic surgery has become so popular. Influencers aren’t ashamed of the work they’re having done on their faces or bodies and will promote their success stories via their social media platforms.
In doing so, their fans and followers, and even those who don’t really know them but are looking into plastic surgery success stories, can learn more about the operations that they are thinking of getting. Social media helps to educate people on certain topics, including elective surgeries, and people can see the before and after reveals of influencers and even normal everyday people.
People who have had these surgeries often will share the before, the during, the after, and the entire healing process with the world. This can help to relieve the anxiety that someone may be feeling prior to getting their own surgery done and can also help to answer any questions they may have before meeting with their plastic surgeon.
Last but not least, finances have influenced the market for plastic surgery as more prospective patients have been able to finally save to get the surgery of their dreams.
When the world went into lockdown mode and people were forced to stay at home due to the restrictions that were put into place around the world, they were unable to go on shopping sprees, vacations, or even to meet up with friends for a cup of coffee or a beer. This allowed people to save a good amount of money back toward the surgeries that they wanted.
While plastic surgery has been a taboo subject over the years, the stigma surrounding these procedures has gradually started to decrease, thanks, in part, to social media. With more people, especially those with large followings, coming out of the operations they have done and showing the world that they are proud and not embarrassed, many people have begun to realize the benefits of these surgeries, not just on one’s mental health but on one’s physical health as well.
While some do choose to receive these elective operations because they are unhappy with their appearance, there are many who also choose to do so to help with health problems they have had to deal with over the years. Either way, whether someone wants to look and feel good about themselves, or they want to better their health, plastic surgery is definitely becoming more accepted.
As more advanced technology is created to provide better, quicker, and easier operations, and as the surgeries become more affordable and less taboo amongst both women and men, these elective surgeries are expected to continue rising in popularity well into the future.