Several industries have experienced phenomenal changes and adaptations due to social distancing requirements. Plastic surgery is one of them. At the start of this year, we had an idea of what procedures would be on-trend. Now, what was relevant isn’t any longer and what seemed to be less important has taken center stage. In general, our perceptions about beauty and how we want to present ourselves has been changed, at least temporarily, by the COVID-19 pandemic. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing. It’s just a shift. It’s a shift that we are learning more about thanks to a survey conducted by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Here, we discuss what the survey has revealed.
According to the ASPS survey, plastic surgeons have changed the way they operate their practices and the way they provide patient care. Many offices have begun offering virtual consultations as a way of continuing patient care while also adhering to social distancing guidelines. The survey revealed that 64% of the responding offices had experienced an increase in virtual consultations using telemedicine. Sixty-eight percent of the offices involved in the survey only began offering virtual visits because of the pandemic.
The novel coronavirus of 2020 impacted how plastic surgeons operate their practices but has it changed our interests all that much? According to responses from more than 350 surgeons, patients have been seeking the following treatments, listed in order of popularity:
- Botulinum Toxin Type A
- Breast Augmentation
- Soft Tissue Fillers
It’s easy to understand the popularity of injectable treatments. Regardless of whether or not people are working at an office or at home, patients tend to like the benefits of injectables. No incisions, no anesthesia, no pain, no downtime. It doesn’t get much better than that. Still, while adults want to look and feel their best for their virtual meetings, the interest in body contouring procedures has remained relatively high.
From facelifts to injectables to breast augmentation and mommy makeovers, plastic surgery practices such as ours are very happy to be back open after a brief shut-down in the Spring. Following strict guidelines, we’ve been able to re-open for in-person visits and help patients in Miami address their cosmetic goals.