Zoom era sees pandemic boom in US plastic surgeries

Plastic surgeon Dr. Michael Somenek examines the face of his patient Hudson Young, 52, who had a lower face and neck lift, upper and lower eyelid surgery and laser resurfacing done in October 2020

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MICHAEL SOMENEK: Hi, Hudson. How are you?


MICHAEL SOMENEK: Good to see you.

HUDSON YOUNG: Good to see you.

MICHAEL SOMENEK: How is everything going?

HUDSON YOUNG: Everything's going great.

MICHAEL SOMENEK: I want to take a look at your incisions, see how everything is healing. This is healing really beautifully. Nice contour.

Let me know in the meantime if you need anything. You know I'm always here for you.

HUDSON YOUNG: It's something new when you have to stare at your face for a couple hours a day, and there's only so much you can do with good lighting and good angles. You first discover that with Zoom when you see yourself and you're like, oh, yikes.

MICHAEL SOMENEK: Close your eyes for me. Good.

ANA CACERES: Because I got to work from home, it just made complete sense to do it because there is a lot of-- you know, there are compression garments you have to wear afterwards. There's a lot of care that goes into after.

CATHERINE HANNAN: I've seen the younger 20-year-olds who in the past have been afraid to take time off from an employer. Maybe they're just out of college. But now they can work from home. And then the moms that have been so hectic with their children, and while their children are home learning, they sometimes have a spouse now that's home as well that could maybe afford them a little bit of time for recovery.