A recent survey of facial plastic surgeons across the US revealed that 70% of them saw an increase in business during the COVID-19 pandemic. And the most popular surgery has been the rhinoplasty procedure, with 78% of surgeons reporting a rise in the demand for nose jobs.
The official 2020 numbers haven’t been released from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons yet. But in 2019, the rhinoplasty procedure was the 3rd most performed plastic surgery in North America (behind breast augmentation and liposuction) with over 207,000 successful procedures.
It was also the most popular treatment among men, with men accounting for just about a quarter of all nose jobs in 2019.
It was already one of the top 3 most popular cosmetic procedures in 2019 and could climb even higher on the list in 2020. Here’s why.
The Ability to Recover From Home
One of the main reasons that we have seen plastic surgery numbers spike during COVID is that people are now working from home, which means they can easily recover from surgery at home.
If they had to show up on-site or in the office from 9-5 every day, they might have to use a week or so of their valuable vacation time to recover from surgery. Now, they can recover discreetly from home and save their vacation days for an actual vacation.
At the same time, nose job techniques have never been more advanced than they are today, and they come with less downtime than you may expect. In fact, you can use this resource to learn 10 ways to speed up your recovery after rhinoplasty surgery.
The Zoom Effect
Daily Zoom calls are having a very real impact on the plastic surgery industry. It has been dubbed The Zoom Effect or The Zoom Boom, and over 80% of surveyed plastic surgeons reported that the rise of video calls has had a tangible impact on their business.
Zoom calls can be absolutely torturous for people that are already insecure about the size or shape of their noses. One study revealed that taking a picture (or video) from 12 inches away can make the nose look 30% larger than something taken from 5 feet away. That number can seem considerably higher for people already dealing with insecurity.
At the same time, roughly half of all Americans have had to cancel travel or vacation plans because of travel restrictions. This means that they have a little more disposable income, and many are putting those funds towards plastic surgery.
This means that the COVID-19 lockdown has forced countless people to see their noses more often than they ever have before, while also giving them the opportunity to finally get the nose job they have always wanted.
Is this the perfect time for you to get a nose job? It certainly could be. If this is something you’ve always wanted, you owe it to yourself to at least look into your options.