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Thanks to the ongoing pandemic, working from home has become the new normal for millions of people across the country. Even now that more people are being vaccinated and workplace restrictions are being lifted, many workers have found ways to keep working from their living rooms or home offices. And yet, recent studies have shown an increase in cosmetic surgical procedures during this time.

On the one hand, it seems strange that there has been a rise in facelifts, breast augmentations, and rhinoplasties during a time when people aren’t leaving their homes as often as they once did. After all, part of the appeal of working from home is that you get to stay home all day. You don’t have to commute anywhere, and you don’t have to interact with coworkers directly. That sounds like a good excuse not to care as much about your appearance.

On the other hand, many people who work from home still have to attend meetings via Zoom and other telecommuting programs. This essentially means that people are getting a close-up of their faces for several hours a day. This had led some people to feel even more insecure about their appearances than they otherwise would. They might look at footage of themselves on their computer screens and see every wrinkle and imperfection on their faces, even if their coworkers and managers don’t see them. From that angle, it’s perfectly understandable that some people might want to consider having some work done.

Another reason for the increase in plastic surgery during COVID is due to an easier recovery time. A person who needs to leave their home and commute to work might have to take some time off to recover from surgery. If they work from home anyway, they won’t have to worry about going anywhere. They can stay home where they’re safe and comfortable without having to worry about lost wages. They might need to take a few more breaks or turn off their cameras to hide bandages and sutures, but they can keep working for the most part. That alone might make the prospect of surgery a little more viable, especially for those living on a tight budget and cannot afford to stop working.