With so many people working from home and connecting virtually with family and friends through video platforms such as Zoom, we’re seeing ourselves in a new light. And, it seems, many women and men are less than thrilled with what they see.
Our West Des Moines facial plastic surgery practice helps patients who want to enhance features that make them feel self-conscious, either through nonsurgical treatments such as injectables or with cosmetic surgery.
Why are facial treatments on the rise?
This isn’t something only happening here. Plastic surgery practices nationwide are reporting an uptick in patients, a trend that many have been calling a “Zoom boom” because it traces back to the up-close-and-way-too-personal video meetings that have replaced office conference rooms during the pandemic.
So, what can I do to rejuvenate my skin that won’t break the bank or take me out of the game for too long, you ask? Here are five of our favorite fresh skin treatments that will have you glowing with very minimal downtime:
HydraFacial uses a unique, patented Vortex-Fusion delivery system to exfoliate, extract, and hydrate skin, and, the spiral design delivers painless extractions. This facial touts intense moisture for thirsty skin, deep cleansing, and red-carpet (or virtual meeting-hoppin’) ready skin.
- Downtime: None.
- Price: Starts at $160.
SkinPen microneedling device provides an unparalleled response through the segmented delivery of microneedles, creating micro-injuries to the epidermis (outer layer of skin)and dermis (the inner layer of skin). As a result, the micro injuries encourage the body’s innate ability to repair itself.
- Downtime: Expect redness for 24 to 48 hours, which subsides as your skin heals.
- Price: Starts at $185.
The MicroLaserPeel removes a thin layer of damaged skin to improve texture and provide a more youthful appearance. It provides superior results because it can be administered with great precision of depth. This means you get to determine your downtime. (Our Instagram post below shows a laser peel in progress.)
- Downtime: The deeper your treatment goes, the longer your downtime (which means different things to different people, based on your comfort level of being around others while your skin heals).
- Price: Starts at $385.
BOTOX Cosmetic is the first and only treatment FDA-approved to temporarily make moderate to severe frown lines, crow’s feet and forehead lines look better in adults. The treatment takes about ten minutes, discomfort is minimal, and you’ll achieve the full effect by two weeks post-treatment so you still have time to refresh your look for summer. No one will know, but everyone will notice.
- Downtime: Little to none.
- Price: Starts at $11.95 per unit; the number of units needed depends on the area being treated, with 24 to 36 units being typical.
JUVÉDERM® VOLUMA™ XC
VOLUMA is an injectable gel for the cheek area to correct age-related volume loss and for augmentation of the chin region to improve the chin profile. Oftentimes cheek augmentation helps to soften shadows and under-eye “bags” which boosts the appearance by giving a more rested, youthful look.
- Downtime: Minimal, as is discomfort. You will likely experience tenderness and swelling where the gel is injected for around 72 hours.
- Price: Starts at $840.
Working From Home Allows More Private Recovery Time
People also find this is an ideal time to schedule facial plastic surgery, too. Because they’re working from home in most cases, patients can recover in relative privacy. And if they do need to venture out, they can hide postoperative swelling with a mask when in public.
Whether it’s bags under the eyes, skin laxity creating around the cheeks and neck, or dull skin, the cosmetic concerns inspiring people to book consultations with us can be corrected in ways that look natural.
If you’re interested in pursuing cosmetic surgery in the Des Moines area for the correction of upper eyelid laxity or lower eye bags, sagging jowls, cheeks, or neck, we invite you to browse through our patients’ before-and-after photos and schedule a consultation with one of our board-certified facial plastic surgeons to explore your options.