Many plastic surgery clinics around the world report an increase in the number of people receiving treatment during a coronavirus outbreak because they can hide the treatment under a mask or work from home.
Despite the global closure of the virus business, many plastic surgery clinics are still open and have taken more stringent measures, such as Covid-1
In clinics in the United States, Japan, Korea and Australia, patients receiving treatment including lip fillers, botulinum, facial lifts and nasal care are increasing.
“I decided to complete the procedure during isolation because it allowed me to treat at my own pace,” Aaron Hernandez, who performed lip filler and cheek (buccal) fat removal in Los Angeles, told the BBC.
“Doing my lips is not something that everyone will do, so some people may find it different. Therefore, I would rather stay at home and fully recover, and people do not know what work I did when I went out.”
He said that he had completed the procedures before his last quarantine, he had to go to work in public and his lips were “extremely swollen and bruised.”
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Rod J Rohrich, a cosmetic surgeon in Texas, said he saw more patients. He told the BBC: “It’s even more than I said. This is normal. If we want, we can work six days a week. This is really amazing.”
He said that usually people must consider the factors of recovery at home when considering surgery, but because there are many people working at home now, there is no need to consider this.
“They can actually recover at home or wear masks when they go out after rhinoplasty or facelift. People want to return to normal life, and some of them look as good as they feel.”
During the outbreak, not only the number of patients in the United States increased.
South Korea, known for its plastic surgery, was one of the first countries to discover cases of the virus. It did not implement a national blockade, but developed a social alienation plan to encourage people to work from home.
The number of foreign tourists in beauty clinics has decreased, but locals have come to the clinics for treatment. Many clinics choose to offer discounts to locals.
A 54-year-old middle school teacher underwent eyelid surgery in February. He told the Central Daily News: “Every plastic surgery clinic I have been to is full of people.”
BK Hospital in Seoul told the BBC that people were nervous when the pandemic began, but more locals have already started to come to the clinic.
The spokesman said: “Despite Covid-19, patients began to feel safe and comfortable performing the operation. The number of patients continues to increase.”
“Despite coronavirus, the estimated number has increased by half compared to the same period last year.”
The spokesman said that foreign patients’ enquiries also increased.
“The number of online inquiries has greatly increased, because once the travel restrictions are removed, there is an opportunity to consult online and prepare for travel in advance.
Japan has yet to formally blockade, but Prime Minister Shinzo Abe declared a state of emergency, which continued until May 31. People were asked to stay at home.
Despite this, the clinic hopes to increase the number of patients treated.
This surge prompted the Japanese Society of Aesthetic Medicine to warn that beauty therapy is “not essential to many people.” It requires people to stay away from surgery to “prevent the virus from spreading further.”
Michelle Tajiri, clinical coordinator at Bliss Clinic in Fukuoka, said: “As an outpatient plastic surgery clinic equipped with full-day surgery, we must have seen a large influx of patients wishing to undergo treatment during this period.”
“The main reason is that they are off work, downtime is not a problem, and everyone is wearing a mask so they can easily cover up any facial procedures.”
For Mr Hernandez, the timing of the operation during the outbreak was just right. “It definitely gives me more time to heal. I can take some medicine. If I drive, I may not be able to take it, and I can ice out more lips and facial areas.”