Over the course of the pandemic, the demand for cosmetic surgery has rocketed. It is believed that the cause of the increase in numbers, is related to lockdowns and video conferences. Plastic surgeons have found that people have felt disheartened, insecure, and self-conscious about the way they look after seeing themselves more often than usual over screens.
Not to mention, when the nation’s main priority and the only thing on their to-do lists was to ‘stay at home’, social media came into play daily to keep people entertained. Cosmetic surgery has been linked to social media in the past, and it is no secret that the social platforms have always had domination over people’s desire for surgery. It continues to be damaging to mental and physical health.
As the nation slowly eased out of lockdown restrictions, the waiting lists for cosmetic consultations and surgeries soared. People were more desperate than before to look their best before taking back their social life.
Over the years, it is known that majority of cosmetic surgery procedures are performed on women. The most popular procedures are breast augmentation, chin or jaw reshaping, blepharoplasty, and a facelift (rhytidectomy). However, over the past two years, surgeons have reported an increase in cosmetic surgery for men. The most popular procedure being hair transplants.
TikTok may have played a role in the rising trend of hair transplants in men. Through viral videos of men sharing their own experience, it has become a popular topic on the app.
With now both men and women increasing the demand for cosmetic surgery it highlights a bigger problem than what we had before lockdown days.
Humans are often very self-critical, and it is a concern that social media and the effects of COVID-19, have been encouraging people to make rash decisions to change their imperfections and insecurities. It is important to take a logical amount of time to think about any cosmetic procedures before booking them to ensure it is the right decision for you. In addition to finding a skilled, trained and qualified surgeon.