Oct 2023 | By Catherine Daley
In a post-pandemic world, online communication has proven its permanent position in our lives. Not only does social media have a prominent place in how we socialize, but the transition to online workspaces and meetings have made a lasting impression on our professional lives. Video Conferencing platforms, like Zoom, had us zooming in on our faces like never before. As a rule, we don’t see our faces when we’re speaking to someone else. Now, we were analyzing blemishes, wrinkles around our eyes, jowly jawlines, turkey necks and facial quirks.
With the Zoom Boom and the prevalence of social media, there’s been an increase in cosmetic procedures. People have been able to save more money while working from home. Some decided to take that extra income that would normally be spent on other things, and opted for a facial correction procedure. And because of the rise in popularity of work from home policies, they could take the time to recover at home.
Lifting, Filling and Firming
Botox has become a common practice, especially for those of a mature age. It helps to eliminate fine lines and wrinkles, including crow’s feet, forehead creases and laugh lines. We repeat many facial expressions during our lifetime, like frowning, squinting and raising our eyebrows. Botox injections work beneath the surface of the skin, and temporarily reduce the underlying muscle activity for a visibly smoother look. The results will continue to improve over a period of 10 days, and can last between four to six months. For ongoing results, touch-ups are required.
Microneedling minimizes sun spots, improves the overall tone, and promotes collagen production for smoother, healthier skin. The procedure involves pricking the skin with tiny, sterilized needles. The small wounds cause your body to make more collagen, which helps to heal, and improve the appearance of, your skin. This procedure can be repeated every four to six weeks.
Rhinoplasty is commonly referred to as a nose job. Unlike reconstructive surgery that helps to restore the form and functions of a nose after injury or trauma, a cosmetic nose job can significantly change your appearance.
Eyelid Surgery is an effective way to tighten the skin on top of, and below, the eyelids. You won’t be able to hide this procedure with a face mask, as you’ll look like you’ve been knocked out in the first round a couple of days after the surgery, but the benefits are far reaching. Our eyes have seen it all. We may wipe away tears incorrectly, and after years of doing this, we may have pulled the eyelid away from the eye. We get tired, and our eyelids get puffy and there are bags under our eyes. The eyelid lift doesn’t last forever, but you’ll be pleased with your brighter appearance.
A Breast Lift might not be identifiable to others when you’re talking on Zoom, but you’ll be buoyed by the procedure. We’re not talking about augmentation at our age, unless they’ve lost volume and you want them to look fuller, we’re talking about a lift, or a reduction. A lift helps to position your breasts higher on your chest, and reduction surgery lessens the load that you’ve been carrying around for most of your life.
A Facelift is one of the most popular surgical procedures for patients in their 60s. When non-invasive treatments aren’t cutting it anymore, many mature patients opt for this route. The procedure surgically firms up loose skin that develops around the cheeks, jawline and neck. A more-sculpted complexion is very effective in creating a younger-looking appearance. The results last between five to 10 years. After that, many patients choose to age gracefully.
The pressure cooker of quarantine has certainly altered the way that we once did things. But it’s also inspired many of us on a creative level, and renewed our interest in a variety of subjects. It might have us visiting an old wish list of things that we never thought we’d get to. Cosmetic surgery is elective, and it can be expensive. Make sure that you review any concerns that you might have with your certified surgeon, including the overall health risks, the condition of your skin and the expected results. Ask to speak with former patients so that you feel comfortable with his/her professional expertise.