Have you been thinking about plastic surgery but were unsure about pulling the trigger during the COVID-19 era? Don’t worry: Many Americans have chosen to have plastic surgery during the pandemic.
With millions of people spending more time at home and seeing their face for hours on Zoom meetings, many have gone ahead with cosmetic procedures and loved the results.
In this article, I list the most popular plastic surgery procedures people have had during the pandemic. For more information about these procedures, please visit Après Plastic Surgery in Portland.
Botulinum Toxin Type A
As I mentioned above, many Americans have spent many hours on Zoom calls in the last year. When you see your face on a video camera for hours at a stretch, you may notice those wrinkles, fine lines, and loose skin that come with age.
That might explain why the pandemic’s most popular treatments have been injectables to smooth away those wrinkles and fine lines.
Botulinum toxin type A sounds scary, but you might know it as Botox. My patients love it because it gets rid of facial lines and wrinkles for a few months without surgery or downtime. My patients especially like Botox in these areas:
- Frown lines
- Crow’s feet
- Lip lines
Botox is made from bacteria that block the nerve signal to your face muscles. When the muscles in the injected area lose the nerve signal from the brain, they can’t contract. The result is a reduction in those annoying face wrinkles.
I also use other brands, such as Juvederm and Dysport. After these are injected, effects take about three hours to see and last three to six months for most patients.
Injectable fillers, also known as dermal fillers, are chemical gels that your surgeon injects under the skin to smooth wrinkles, fine lines, and plump up areas such as the cheeks that hollow with age.
Fillers also don’t require surgery and can be cost-effective. My patients often ask for fillers so they can take years off their faces without going under the knife.
Popular fillers during the pandemic have been:
- Calcium hydroxylapatite: This is a substance that our bones produce naturally. When used as a filler, microscopic calcium particles are suspended in a gel. I tell my patients that the filler lasts approximately a year and stimulates the production of collagen. You may consider it if you have deep wrinkles and lines on your face.
- Hyaluronic acid: This acid occurs naturally in the skin, keeping it plump and well hydrated. Your skin tends to produce less of it as you get older, so lines and wrinkles appear. The injections last up to a year and results can be seen in a few hours.
- Poly-L-lactic acid: This is a popular chemical injection that has been used to dissolve stitches for decades. This acid stimulates the production of collagen to smooth facial wrinkles and lines. I choose it for patients with deeper wrinkles, and it lasts approximately two years.
Breast augmentation also has been a popular choice in my clinic during COVID-19. I think one reason is that breast augmentation requires a few weeks to recover. This is easier when you don’t have to go into the office every day. Side benefit: You can have breast augmentation when you telecommute for a few months, and your co-workers probably will never know when you go back to the workplace.
My breast augmentations involve inserting saline or silicone implants above or below the chest muscle to make the breasts larger. It’s a good choice for women who lost breast volume after being pregnant. People who lost a lot of weight can also see excellent results.
Breast augmentation benefits:
- Improve breast projection and fullness
- Enhance the balance between your hips and breasts
- Improve self-confidence
Some of my patients with sagging breasts also need a breast lift. Fortunately, both procedures can be done at once, giving you the shape and size you’ve been dreaming of.
Liposuction is a good choice for people who are near their ideal body weight but can’t get rid of the fat around their belly or other stubborn areas. During liposuction, I usually inject epinephrine, lidocaine, and saline solution into the fatty area to reduce pain, swelling, and bleeding. Next, the fat and fluids are sucked out with an instrument called a cannula.
My patients usually choose one or more of these areas:
- Hips and buttocks
- Upper arms
- Chest area
- Chin, cheeks, and neck
Some patients choose to have liposuction and another procedure simultaneously, such as breast augmentation or tummy tuck.
The popular term for this procedure is a tummy tuck. It’s a good choice for women who have extra saggy skin around the abdomen after pregnancy or weight loss. Also, I can tighten the abdominal wall muscles, if needed, so you have a flat, firm tummy again.
Tummy tucks are popular because even if you lose a lot of weight, only surgery can fully eliminate loose belly skin.
Note that if you still have belly fat, you could benefit from liposuction, then a tummy tuck.
More About The Practice
Dr. Aric Aghayan of Apres Plastic Surgery is a board-certified plastic surgeon who is pleased to serve patients in the Portland, Oregon, area. Dr. Aghayan finished his education at the University of Missouri and completed an eight-year training program in general and plastic surgery at Oregon Health & Science University.
In addition to his residencies and internships, Dr. Aghayan spent several years as a medical officer in the United States Navy. Those years of experience training allow him to meld art and science for ideal results.
Whether you want to improve your face or body’s appearance, Dr. Aghayan can help you with procedures that dovetail with your needs and pocketbook.
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