Many plastic surgeons in Orange County have seen an increase in demand for cosmetic surgical procedures throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.
“People are getting the stimulus or having time off. Perhaps they didn’t spend their money on vacations, so they are spending it on surgeries,” said Dr. Michael Jazayeri, a Santa Ana plastic surgeon.
Breast augmentation and Botox have been the most commonly performed cosmetic surgical procedures amid the pandemic because they are the least invasive and easy to recover. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, 55% of surgeons across the country said Botox injections were the most popular procedure during the pandemic, followed by 40% who reported breast augmentation was the most frequent request. This aligns with plastic surgery trends from 2019 when Botox injections and breast augmentations were the most popular plastic and aesthetic surgeries. Almost 8 million Botox injections and about 300,000 breast implants were performed in 2019.
After the stay-at-home orders and the need to use video conferencing such as Zoom, many plastic surgeons' offices' lists filled up quickly.
“It is like people are starting to freak out after their Zoom conferences,” Jazayeri said. “People run into doctors’ offices to get Botox injections so that they can recover right through the weekend and be ready for their coming Monday Zooming.”
Ella Resstivo, a Newport Beach resident, has gone twice to get Botox injections during the lockdown.
“I used to go back to my country to get my Botox injections done, but the lockdown made that impossible,” Resstivo said. “No matter what, Botox would always save me, and it makes me look much better.”
To those who are concerned about cosmetic surgeries during the pandemic, surgeons are doing whatever it takes to keep their patients safe.
“COVID-19, as we know, infects the lungs, and that is how we get it. If the patient is going under general anesthesia for any procedure, they have to have the COVID-19 test as a precaution. We do take all the precautions we can, and we follow all the guidelines provided by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons to be as safe as possible,” Jazayeri said.
As an added assurance, a recent study published in the Aesthetic Surgery Journal followed 5,600 patients who underwent aesthetic surgical procedures during the past three-to-four months had no complications related to COVID-19.