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The COVID-19 pandemic has brought social distancing rules and isolation into the lives of literally billions of people all over the world. The most trying safety measure imposed on the public is the wearing of masks for controlling the transmission of the virus from person to person. However, many adults are taking advantage of this to conceal the evidence that they have invested in aesthetic procedures they were unsure about having done in the past.


Hiding Awkward Scarring

The scarring that is often a result of invasive or moderately invasive plastic surgery procedures can be quite noticeable for weeks, or maybe even months. People can be insensitive to this, and some adults can still make life difficult for people who simply want to improve their appearance. This often makes people who have had these procedures less likely to remain socially engaged until complete healing has occurred.


However, wearing a mask can hide these same scars from the general public and casual friends and acquaintances. A mask can hide scarring in areas of the face like the nose, cheeks and under the eyes. Some facial and neck coverings can even cover scars on the neck. Therefore, many adults are having facial and neck procedures performed without feeling embarrassed to be out in public or to socialize during the healing process.


An Increase in Summer Business

During the summer months of 2020, there was a particularly large number of adults of all ages signing up for some kind of aesthetic procedure. Many of these were rhinoplasties or nose jobs. Others included fat-reduction procedures, wrinkle reduction, tightening of sagging skin and others. Some plastic surgeons reported seeing more business than they have had in many years.


Patients can simply slip on their masks after having neck tightening, Botox, fat grafting and facelift procedures performed. They could also head to the beach and find a shady spot without ruining the healing process if a mask made of the right fabric is chosen, and the right sunscreen is used. 


Although direct sunlight isn’t recommended for at least a day after most procedures, patients often disregard this advice and suffer no consequences. This is one more reason the demand for plastic surgery procedures increased dramatically in the summer of 2020.