Trends within cosmetic surgery are always changing and the recent pandemic has seen a shift in treatments being requested.
As people have been forced to wear masks to protect others against the coronavirus, many patients are now requesting eye-related treatments. There has also been an increase in Zoom video calls, resulting in patients wanting to look their best.
Here, we’ll look at how face treatments are changing post-COVID and the main driving factors behind the shift.
Which procedures are proving popular?
The main treatments patients are requesting as a result of COVID-19, include:
- Wrinkle Smoothing Injections
- Eyelid Lift
- The Toxin Brow Lift
Given it is a non-invasive treatment, it is unsurprising most patients are now turning to botulinum toxin injections. Helping to smooth out the signs of ageing on the forehead and around the eyes, it is an effective treatment option for those reluctant to go under the knife.
Wrinkle Smoothing Injections around the eyes is becoming particularly popular. Surgeons have even started calling these procedures the ‘Bright Eyed Look’. It involves injecting more Botox than usual around the eye area, eliminating crows’ feet as well as line and wrinkles around the side of the eyes.
Those seeking a more permanent solution to facial ageing are also undergoing an eyelid lift. As we age, our skin loses elasticity and the delicate eye muscles start to slacken. As a result, loose skin often accumulates on the upper eyelids and the natural fold of the eye is lost. Under the eye, fat can begin to protrude forward, creating eye bags.
Finally, the Toxin Brow Lift is one of the newest trends caused by the pandemic. Botulinum toxin is injected just under the brow, helping to smooth out the skin between the eyebrow and the eyelid and create more defined brows. Patients looks more youthful and wide awake and this is becoming increasingly popular with those men and women that are spending many hours in Zoom meetings.
What is driving the shift?
The use of face masks has largely driven the new trends in cosmetic surgery. When worn, they highlight the eye area. This in turn can make you focus on the signs of ageing which you wouldn’t necessarily notice quite as much as before.
It isn’t just eye-related procedures that have increased in popularity. As face masks hide most of the face, it has given patients an opportunity to hide their surgery. So, rhinoplasty and face lifts have also increased in popularity throughout the pandemic.
Patients needs to understand that although effective, Wrinkle Smoothing Injections and other minimally invasive procedures are only temporary. They need to be maintained if you want to keep up the results and you may benefit more from a surgical procedure to rejuvenate the eyes or face. There are also risk factors of both surgical and non-surgical procedures which need to be considered.
If you’re thinking of tweaking your eye area to achieve a more youthful look, book a consultation with an experienced surgeon today.