Pandemic Plastic Surgery ProceduresCredit : Sam Moqadam / Unsplash

2020 brought a lot of change not just in health and economy-wise but also in the beauty industry. 

Since the start of the lockdown, social media has been filled with celebrities donning extreme transformation-- whether it's a crazy hair color or a drastic haircut. 

Aside from this, there has been a surge of quarantine makeovers that involves cosmetic surgery. 

In a recent report by, doctors revealed a booming demand for plastic surgery procedures during the pandemic. 

According to NV plastic surgeon Tiffany D. McCormack MD, despite the health crisis, patients who are opting to get under the knife have not slowed down, but rather, she described the era of COVID as "crazy busy."

In addition, she explained that with travel restrictions and being unable to use their money for entertainment leisures, some prefer to use their downtime to physically enhance themselves and knowing "they will 'someday" be out there again."

On the other hand, TN plastic surgeon Daniel A. Hatef, MD, explained that patients are more aggressive and open to having major procedures. 

Furthermore, the Nashville based plastic surgeon also pointed out the effect of social media and how people view themselves. 

He mentioned that people saw lip lift, fat-grafting, and blepharoplasty five years ago as "too aggressive."

"But now, since these things are coming across their Instagrams and social media, perhaps they're more open to it," he explained. 

With the rise of cosmetic surgery, we run down the top three highly requested pandemic plastic surgery procedures. 

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Breast Augmentation

Dr. McCormack shares that most of the patients seek "bigger" procedures, and with this, breast augmentation is considered one of the most sought after surgery during COVID-19. 

It is safe to say that most patients find it convenient to undergo the hassle of the procedures' healing time during the quarantine. 

According to Mayo Clinic, the said operation is known as augmentation mammoplasty, which involves placing implants made from saline and silicone gel under the breast tissue or chest muscles.

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Body Contouring

Another in-demand surgery is body contouring or body sculpting. This refers to surgical procedures that enhance the appearance of skin after significant weight loss.

During her interview with the publication, Dr. McCormack shared that she has seen many patients who have undergone a drastic weight loss during the quarantine period and wanted to tighten loose skin.

With this, most people are requesting to remove excess skin caused by their weight loss in the form of breast lifts, tummy tucks, body lifts, thigh lifts, and Brachioplasty or arm lifts. 

Facial Rejuvenation

Speaking to the outlet, plastic surgeon Sanjay Grover, MD, says that there's also a tremendous wave in patients seeking facial-rejuvenation surgeries. 

The California based doctor pointed out that Zoom calls might be one of the driving forces why some patients feel self-conscious. Facial rejuvenation procedure includes eyelid surgery, brow lift, and facial implants. 

Dr. Grover also cited other more popular procedures such as neck contouring, lip lifts, buccal fat reduction, and mommy makeovers.

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