“Zoom Gloom” Cause of Rise in Cosmetic Surgery Under COVID

A new phenomenon known as “Zoom Gloom” has been noted worldwide which is causing a wide sweeping self-esteem crunch.  As people find themselves spending more and more time in front of the screen at meetings, meet-ups and online gatherings of all sorts, whether it be Skype, FaceTime or Zoom, they are seeing themselves for the first time at the same time that they are looking at others.  Interestingly, many of us do not seem to like what we see.  Even though we can logically tell ourselves that the image we see is probably distorted (the screen flattens out our faces, the lighting is never ideal, our screens are usually angled or our phones are bouncing around) this seems small comfort to many who are being forced to face their image on a regular and often prolonged basis.    Who would have thought that screen time would become “mirror time” too creating an increasing number of either vain or self-conscious people; women and men alike.

“Zoom, zoom on the screen who is the fairest one you’ve seen?”  It seems not many people are saying, “I am!”  The cosmetic medicine and cosmetic plastic surgery industries have noted a boost in enquiries in this post-lockdown era for facial aesthetic surgery.  People are enquiring about facelifts, neck-lifts, eyelid surgery and rhinoplasty in increasing numbers as they behold their faces on screen.   Cosmetic injectables are also being sought after as people watch themselves squinting and scowling.

One of the most commonly noted realisations that people are having is about their facial asymmetries.  No one has a perfectly symmetrical face and if they did, they would look unusual, “plastic” and possibly inexpressive to the normal observer.    But this extra, looking at me, looking at you time is causing people to nit-pick their appearances.

Whilst you may benefit from cosmetic surgery or cosmetic medicine if you are trying to reverse the effects of aging or are seeking a nose that is in better balance with your profile, remember first to try and optimise your online video experience.  A few Zoom tips to help you through your new on-screen social life are as follows: Make sure you are looking either directly across at or slightly up at your screen.  You don’t want people looking up at your chin. Make sure that your face is being fully lit, with the light shining on your face.  Do not have your face being lit from above or below. You want to see yourself in the best light possible.

Another reason, that has been noted for the surge in interest in cosmetic surgery and procedures is that many people who could never find the “down-time” away from the public eye to heal after surgery are now finding themselves with time on their hands and the ability to work from home while they recover.  This coupled with the money set away for the vacation that is not going to happen has given many both the impetus and funds to finally make the commitment to surgery that they have been thinking about for a long time.

About Dr Darryl Hodgkinson

Dr. Darryl J. Hodgkinson is recognized world-wide as an expert in cosmetic plastic surgery with more than thirty years of experience in both cosmetic and plastic/reconstructive surgery.

Dr. Hodgkinson did his plastic surgical training at the prestigious Mayo Clinic in the United States and is amongst an elite group of a very few surgeons to hold two degrees in plastic surgery from American Board of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons and the Royal College of Surgeons, Canada.

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