Record numbers of patients seeking plastic surgery have blamed their appearance on Zoom for impacting their decision.
Noses and wrinkles have become a particular cause for concern.
Long hours spent on Zoom can “trigger a self-critical comparative response that leads people to rush to their physicians for treatments” says Dr Arianne Shadi Kourosh of Massachusetts General Hospital who has called the phenomenon “Zoom Dysmorphia”.
The COVID-19 pandemic has radically changed the frequency with which we are confronted with our own image,” explains Dr Behjamin Marcus of the University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics.
“ The shift to online work, learning, and even socializing has dramatically increased the time we have to observe ourselves,”
The findings are published in the journal Facial Plastic Surgery & Aesthetic Medicine.
“It has always been incumbent on surgeons to understand the motivations that are driving individuals to seek plastic surgery in order to assure realistic goals that allow for successful surgeries”, says Journal Editor-in-Chief Travis T. Tollefson.
“Now, more than ever, unique circumstances can be driving patient expectations that we should be taking into consideration.”