Before Covid-19, people used to work from offices and engage in face-to-face meetings. In March 2020, when lockdowns started, and remote working became part of daily life for many people, work meetings changed into video calls.
Video chatting diminished several appearance-related stress factors, such as the uncomfortable outfits people had to wear sometimes to give a good impression. But, on the other hand, it has increased the stress, anxiety, and body dissatisfaction.
During a Zoom meeting, everyone can see how they look on other’s screens. All the time, during the whole meeting. Some studies prove that many professionals’ mental health has been affected after months of virtual meetings, increasing body image issues. This is what scientists named “Zoom dysmorphia”.
How Zoom Dysmorphia Has Affected Mental Health & Productivity
This new disorder has led to a decrease in productivity and an increase in stress on the employees. It happens before, during, and after the video conferences. Many people feel they are not able to focus during the working hours just observing how the face looks during the virtual chats. Other people started feeling depressed and scared of being in front of a video camera.
Most people who suffered or still suffer from Zoom Dysmorphia are particularly concerned about their noses, acne, wrinkles, and baldness. This does not happen because of working virtual meetings only. Virtual social life like online parties, Zoom weddings, or happy hours with friends can affect many people. Before, no one really had to confront their image. What is more, everyone was able to edit photos before posting them on social media.
According to MCAN Health doctors’ statement, “Hours of meetings and virtual chats can trigger self-critical comparisons to other participants they see on their screens. This can lead to a type of anxiety caused by body dissatisfaction, also called body dysmorphia or, as the specialists name it, Zoom dysmorphia.”
From Rhinoplasty to Face Lift: Cosmetic Procedures to Solve the Zoom Dysmorphia Issues
This body dissatisfaction and the desire to seek self-improvement created a “boom” of beauty treatments and plastic surgeries. Recent studies have discovered that the number of people going under the knife has increased since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Most people who felt unsatisfied with their appearance first started to look for plastic or aesthetic treatments to help enhance the parts they disliked and get rid of the bad feelings that arose during the virtual conferences.
Here people decided to take advantage of having plastic surgery during lockdown times as they did not need to ask for vacations or off time to recover after the procedure.
Advantages of Choosing Turkey for Plastic Surgery Treatments
Turkey is one of the top-10 countries in medical tourism thanks to the high success rate in plastic and aesthetic surgeries. This country has been able to combine three important factors: having the best health standards, offering the best aesthetic treatments, and excellent touristic facilities.
The most popular plastic surgeries related to zoom dysmorphia in Turkey are:
- Hair transplantation: this is the most famous aesthetic treatment offered in Turkey. It is the way to get back the hair when people suffer from baldness.
- Rhinoplasty or nose job: this surgery changes the shape of the nose, and enhances facial proportions and harmony of the face.
- Blepharoplasty or Eyelid surgery: this is a surgical procedure that aims to improve the appearance of eyelids by removing the excess of skin or fat on this part of the face. It can be performed in the upper or lower lids or both at the same time.
- Otoplasty or Ear correction: this surgery changes the size of the ears and if it is needed, pinning them back.
- Facelift or Rhytidectomy: this procedure enhances the look of the face and neck by tightening and fixing sagging and wrinkled skin. Facelift is one of the most performed procedures to fight the signs of aging, specially requested by women.
All the plastic surgeries in Turkey achieve the best results, and they cost one-fifth of the price in the UK. That is the main reason why plastic and aesthetic surgeons in Turkish clinics have more experience than any of their colleges all over Europe. Therefore, the results after the surgeries are more natural, and with an artistic approach that not everyone can achieve.