The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has created an increase in the number of people seeking cosmetic surgery treatments. Many of these patients are looking to make changes in their appearance because they are not happy with how they look on Zoom calls while they work remotely from home. They often turn to Botox or fillers to rejuvenate the appearance of the face or they want to make desired surgical changes, such as rhinoplasty, that can covered by a face mask during the recovery period. While the use of online video platforms might be a driving force in the number of people that want to make a change in their appearance, Zoom calls are not giving the most accurate representation of the physical appearance of those that use the platform on a regular basis.
One of the first things to remember about business calls on video platforms is that the video call is being conducted on a two-dimensional screen so the appearance of a person looks flatter and wider than their actual appearance. In addition, the 2-D appearance of the video screen can also make someone look like they have gained some extra weight thanks to the wider and flatter look of the video screen.
The cameras used on laptops, mobile devices, iPads and computers can distort the features of a person. The amount of changes in the appearance of the person depends on the total distance they are sitting away from the camera along with the angle of the video call. These distortions in the look of a person can lead to someone becoming concerned about the appearance of their face or neck.
In the past, employees did not constantly look at their appearance on video calls because they were in the office most of the time. They now look at their appearance more often than taking a look in the mirror in the morning or at night before going to bed. With the rise in popularity of Zoom calls, people are now being forced to look at their appearance for many hours on a daily basis.
One of the main “issues” related to Zoom calls is the look of the neck or the appearance of bags under the eyes. The lighting of a room during a video call can have a big impact on the appearance of bags under the eyes. Low lighting, as well as overhead light, can call attention to bags under the eyes and even cause more shadows to appear in the depressions of an eye.
In addition to the lighting of a video call, the positioning of the camera can have a big impact on the appearance of the neck. A camera on a laptop is angled upward which can emphasize the appearance of fullness in the neck.
While Zoom does have an “enhance” feature that can soften the appearance of surface lines on the face, it is not able to alter the contours of the face such as bags under the eyes, jowls and extra skin on the eyelids.
While Zoom calls are sparking an increased interest in cosmetic surgery treatments, some medical professionals feels that the popular video call platform is actually causing the public to be “overly harsh” on their appearance as well as being too critical in how they look to others on Zoom calls.
With the increase in patients visiting cosmetic surgeons, it is more important than ever for doctors to be a calming presence to people that are desperate to make a change in their appearance. Employees that have to look at their faces on Zoom on a daily basis are their own worst critics as they do not enjoy the experience of staring at their face each day.
When it comes to discussing the changes desired by a patient, a cosmetic surgeon needs to educate patients on the realistic changes that can be made to the face as well as whether or not a cosmetic procedure is the right thing to do at that particular moment in time. There are times when the appearance of the face is simply being distorted by the video screen as opposed to actually being visible on the face in “real life”. It is the job of a cosmetic surgeon to let patients know if there are actually results that can be achieved through a cosmetic procedure or if the best option is to simply not perform any type of cosmetic treatment on the face.
It is also important to remember that many patients are seeing flaws or imperfections that are not necessarily real because of the distortions that can be created by lighting and the placement of the camera. It is up to the doctor to perform a thorough examination of the face of the patient in order to determine if there is an actual issue that can be addressed by cosmetic surgery.