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As restrictions have lifted for elective procedures, plastic surgeons have reported a massive increase in procedures targeting the face and neck.
But why is this?
While there is never “one reason” for spikes like this, a major factor seems to be the increase in video conferencing and remote work. Many people spend hours staring at themselves on a computer screen. This, coupled with working from home, makes certain cosmetic procedures more desirable than ever.
Which Cosmetic Procedures Are Seeing an Increase?
Several cosmetic procedures have seen a dramatic rise in popularity over the last few months.
It’s no surprise that facelift surgery is seeing an uptick. A facelift is meant to remove wrinkles, reposition facial tissues, and tighten sagging skin. All of these symptoms become more noticeable when using video conferencing applications.
Cosmetic nose surgery has seen steady increases in recent years as more patients have claimed “selfies” as a contributing factor to their surgical desire. The nose’s perspective gets thrown off when a camera takes an image of you from only a foot away. Many people feel as though these images distort their nasal profile.
This reasoning has only become more substantial during the pandemic when most people sit an average of 12 to 18 inches away from their computer’s camera.
Brow Lift Surgery
A brow lift can significantly reduce wrinkles and sagging skin in the forehead and upper face. That is why so many people are lining up to get brow lift surgery right now.
When working remotely, it can be useful to avoid a resting face that appears hostile, angry, sad, or otherwise unhappy. A brow lift can address these issues.
Unlike surgical procedures, injectables are quick, easy, and rarely require much—if any—downtime. Injectables also provide significant aesthetic benefits while costing far less. This makes injectable treatments ideal for pandemic-era cosmetic treatments.
Some of the more popular injectable treatments include:
- BOTOX® Cosmetic: For expression-causing wrinkles, especially in the upper face
- JUVÉDERM®: To reverse volume loss and smooth wrinkles
- Restylane®: To reverse volume loss and reduce wrinkles and fine lines
- Restylane® Lyft™: To treat deep wrinkles and creases
- RADIESSE®: To treat minor skin laxity and volume loss by stimulating collagen
How Do I Get a Cosmetic Procedure During COVID-19?
If you are considering a pandemic-era cosmetic procedure, there are a few things you should keep in mind.
- You should be aware of any travel restrictions or lockdown orders in your area. These may or may not apply to medical appointments.
- You should get in touch with prospective plastic surgeons remotely if possible. Most plastic surgeons can be contacted by phone, email, or through their websites.
- Virtual consultations are possible these days through video conferencing applications like Zoom or FaceTime.
- Consider the length of time you are willing to spend recovering from your procedure. Some procedures (like injectables) will have little-to-no downtime, while surgical procedures will require more. This may be less of an issue for people working remotely.
- Consider what changes to your lifestyle a cosmetic procedure may mean in the short term.
- Is there someone who can drive you home safely after surgery?
- Do you have someone to care for you during your recovery?
- Will a mask interfere with (or conceal) your surgical scars?
These factors should be on your mind as you consider facial surgery or non-surgical facial enhancement.
Interested in Learning More?
Struggling with the Zoom effect? Are you ready for a younger-looking face? Contact us at 909-291-4900 or fill our online form to schedule a consultation with our cosmetic team.
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Over time, the effects of aging eventually catch up to us, causing our skin to lose elasticity and facial tissue to lose volume.
These changes weigh down on the face, making you look older than you really are. A facelift procedure can reposition the soft tissues of the face and neck to restore a tighter and more youthful appearance.
Many prospective facelift patients are concerned about the recovery process. How long will my facelift recovery take? What does it entail? Well, below is a step by step guide to help you know what to expect during a typical facelift recovery period.
After Surgery to Two Days
Following your surgery, you will experience some discomfort and need some pain medication to keep you comfortable. Swelling and bruising are substantial at this point, but this is normal and shouldn’t have you worried. You may also feel tightness in the neck. It’s great to arrange for support from friends and family to drive you home and help around the house.
You will likely have a follow-up appointment with your surgeon to evaluate your incisions and swelling or remove/change your surgical dressings. Patients are encouraged to follow the post-operative instructions given by the surgeon, as this makes a significant difference in the outcome.
After a week of recovery, most people no longer need pain medication. The swelling and bruising should start to subside, and you may feel better and want to move around some more.
At this point, patients can engage in light activities/housework but should refrain from strenuous activities. You will still be sleeping with your head elevated to reduce swelling and promote healing.
You will likely have some swelling and bruising around the affected areas, but this should be minimal at the two-week mark. Sensations like tingling of the skin can also be expected, considering your face is healing.
Removal of your sutures may occur anytime from the end of the first week, but this will depend on the specific procedure performed and healing progress. Your incision sites may have a pinkish-red hue, but this should fade with time. By the end of the second week, most people will be feeling like themselves and can return to work and light duties.
At this point, you are certainly through the hardest part. Residual swelling and tightness may still linger, but you will be looking and feeling good for the most part. Your new and improved facial contour will be more apparent.
Patience is critical during recovery. You will not see the final results of your cosmetic procedure until after a couple of months—usually two to six months after surgery. Therefore, if you are planning for a facelift, a little preparation can go a long way in helping you commit to the time needed for a full recovery.
Interested in Learning More?
Are you ready for your facelift? Contact us at 909-291-4900 or fill our online form to schedule a consultation with our surgical team.
During the natural aging process, the skin on the face begins to relax and lose elasticity. As a result, the skin begins to take on a sagging appearance. When this happens, typically between the ages of 40 and 60, many men and women seek out different ways to maintain or regain a more youthful appearance for their face. Facelift surgery can be an excellent option for those people looking to reduce facial wrinkles and have excess and sagging skin removed.
What Is a Facelift Exactly?
A facelift, medically known as a rhytidectomy, is an elective cosmetic procedure that improves the signs of aging in the face and neck; this surgical procedure is performed under general anesthesia in an outpatient setting. During the surgery, your chosen board-certified plastic surgeon will make an incision in or at the hairline that will extend downward in front of the ear and continue behind it. The skin is then stretched, and the appropriate amount of excess skin is removed. Before closing the incision, your surgeon will determine if the underlying muscle and connective tissue need to be tightened with sutures as well. The incisions will then be closed with sutures or skin staples, and a dressing will be applied to cover these areas. Depending on your individual surgery, a drain may be placed so excess blood can drain from the wound.
Can I Get Another Procedure Done With a Facelift?
Additional procedures to supplement a facelift are sometimes needed to achieve the desired results. When the skin on the face ages, it not only loses elasticity but may also lose fat and muscle tone. Fat transfer injections or implants for the cheeks and chin can restore lost volume to complement a facelift and provide further enhanced results. Patients may also choose liposuction of specific areas, a neck lift, or eyelid surgery to obtain the results desired.
What Is the Recovery Process?
In the first one to two days after surgery, rest is encouraged, though we urge against complete bed rest. Pain medication is usually prescribed for managing discomfort and pain, but it is usually not needed after the third day. Bruising and swelling will peak about four days after surgery and will slowly dissipate over the next two weeks. Your surgeon will give you detailed information on how to properly care for your sutures on a day-to-day basis; this will help minimize itching and discomfort as the areas heal. Sutures and staples are usually removed seven to 10 days following surgery. While sutures are in place, the area will be raised, but after the sutures are removed, the treated area will begin the settle down. Most patients will return to work within two to three weeks.
When Will I See Results?
Recovering from a facelift procedure takes time. It is normal to not see a marked improvement within the first one or two months following facelift surgery due to the bruising and swelling on the face; however, after this resolves, the areas of the face will tighten, and the results will begin to appear. Final results may take up to one year to show clearly.
To see if facelift surgery is right for you, schedule a consultation by calling our office at 909-291-4900.