Top Ten Reasons to Have Plastic Surgery during a Pandemic

  1. Working from home
  2. College and Graduate School will be online
  3. Hate the way you look on Zoom, TikTok, and Selfies
  4.  COVID-19 has turned into the COVID-20
  5.  Need to look good from the mask up
  6.  Extra money saved from not going out to eat or vacation
  7.  Your Sourdough bread career was short-lived
  8. Need a break from the kids – take some “me” time
  9.  Time to check out Dr. Schuster’s hair growth
  10. You’re ready for your “COVID COMEBACK”!

Since the Post COVID-19 lockdown, Baltimore based plastic surgeon and ASPS member, Dr. Ronald Schuster has been more in demand than ever!

According to a survey conducted by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons on Americans’ attitudes towards plastic surgery in the wake of COVID-19, during the pandemic, 49% of respondents who haven’t had any plastic surgery say they are open to having cosmetic or reconstructive procedures in the future.

During Maryland’s stay at home orders, board-certified plastic surgery Dr. Schuster stayed busy mostly with telemedicine, virtual consultations and emergency cases. Then, as soon as elective procedures were allowed again he became in high demand for both surgical and nonsurgical treatments.

Dr. Schuster says, “Most patients has been cooped up and staring at themselves on Zoom calls, TikTok or in the mirror. Creating quite a pent up demand for people to feel better and take advantage of recovery options while still being able to work from home and school.”

Another key factor to making this a busy surgical time is the ability to “mask” (hide) their treatments behind a mask went out in public and / or people want to look their best even when rocking their masks.

“Normally I tell patients that they will want to lay low for a few days and might not be able to go to certain functions. Now I say go ahead and do it because they can easily mask the bruising or swelling. They have time to recuperate from home and can turn off their cameras on Zoom calls so no one can see them.

Many of Dr. Schuster’s patients now have the funds for surgery due to saving or reallocating money from not going out to eat, taking vacations, or going on shopping sprees. Dr. Schuster also mentions that his patients “have wanted to have their surgery for a while but never had the time to do it. They’re not being impulsive they just have put things off and are now taking advantage of the current times. Life is short and people have a new outlook and appreciation for self-care.”

As people begin to return to a new version of their life pre-pandemic, beauty routines, self-care —from HydaFacials, Botox, Fillers and even surgery— satisfy both personal and societal needs. Even though there’s still great uncertainty, people still  want to feel better about themselves and are hoping to look their best for a highly anticipated COVID comeback.