The multiple videoconferences caused by teleworking are at the origin of a good number of requests for cosmetic surgery, notes a plastic surgeon who works in Laval.
“You might not believe it, but every day of my practice, I hear clients who care about their flaws that they see through video conferencing,” says Dr.r Benoit LeBlanc, from the Laval branch of the Victoria Park Medispa.
“In teleworking, we are less attentive when it comes to make-up and that doesn’t forgive… All the patients talk to me about it in consultation,” he continues.
As soon as Public Health gave the green light to reopen beauty care clinics, the Victoria Park Medispa received thousands of requests for appointments for all kinds of treatment, and the phone has not gone off since, says the doctor. .
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The requests for injections are particularly numerous.
“Botox is number 1 on the list and it’s used very frequently. When botox stops working, that’s what you see the fastest. The patients want to have their botox ”, indicates the doctor.
While one might be tempted to believe that the pandemic would discourage clients from opting for more serious interventions and going under the knife, Dr.r LeBlanc, a subspecialist in craniofacial surgery, says on the contrary that he was busier than ever in the operating room during the deconfinement.
“When we reopened, I was in the operating room up to four times a week. After three months, we returned to normal, two to three times a week. The most popular surgery, COVID or not, is breast addition, ”he says.
The surgeon notes that not spending so much on recreation in times of COVID-19 allows his clients to have a larger budget for cosmetic procedures.
“People are limited in the activities they can do: no travel, no spending on clothes. So they say to themselves: “I couldn’t afford to pay [une intervention esthétique avant], I will then spoil myself and I will invest in myself “”, he says.
COVID-19 still changed protocols at the clinic. For example, the Dr LeBlanc and his team of anesthetists have decided to no longer administer general anesthesia to patients during major operations, to avoid complications in the event that they are affected without knowing it.
“Under general anesthesia, it’s a machine that breathes for you. Cases in the United States and Europe have shown that anesthesia in patients with the virus caused severe pneumonia, and these could cause death, ”he explains.
The interventions are therefore carried out using a deep sedation technique.
“The patient breathes on his own. We therefore eliminate all the risks of pulmonary complications due to COVID, ”he says.