Are You Zoom Ready?
We’ve all been there during our COVID-19 lockdown experience in Atlanta and across the country, facing that little box on the screen that shows us (and everyone else) exactly what we look like in real time:
“My hair is a mess today.”
“I’ve never noticed that my neck sags like that.”
“When I’m not focused on trying to smile, my mouth turns down too much.”
“Are those new wrinkles around my eyes? I feel SO much younger than I look.”
Whether it’s Zoom or Facetime, Webex or Teams, we live in a world of faces on screens these days. Time for true confessions. On your last video chat, did you catch yourself glancing at your own image a little too often, checking for flaws? Did you wonder if better lighting, a different background or moving to another room might help? If so, here’s some really good news:
- You are not alone! Those people in the other boxes are doing exactly the same thing.
- If you don’t love what you see, you can make changes now.
While there are other platforms out there, Zoom is the one that’s gotten a lot of the attention. Would you believe 300 million daily participants in their video meetings? Even knowing that some of those people are in more than one meeting every day, it’s still a lot of folks experiencing in new ways the image they present to the world.
Zoom understands that sense of “face anxiety” better than anyone. They even have a new tool people can use called “Touch Up My Appearance.” Here’s how their website help section describes it:
The Touch Up My Appearance option retouches your video display with a soft focus. This can help smooth out the skin tone on your face to present a more polished looking appearance when you display your video to others.
The REAL Touch Up My Appearance Tool
Wouldn’t you rather have a “touch up my appearance” tool that works onscreen and in the real world? It exists, and it actually works better, is a lot easier to access and takes less time and effort to put in place than you probably think. If we’re all learning to live in a brave new world, there’s a better answer than Zoom for polishing your appearance.
According to the most recent statistics from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, there are 17.7 million total cosmetic plastic surgery procedures annually – and two of the top five are nose work and eyelid surgery. There are another 15.9 million cosmetic minimally invasive procedures each year (such as the use of fillers and chemical peels). Like a great artist with more paints than ever before, a top plastic surgeon can work wonders with low risk and great results, all customized for you.
Plastic surgery procedures are safer than ever before and incredibly common. The recovery time varies by procedure but can be quick, and now that we are beginning to come out of lockdown requirements, this could be the ideal time for you to make the changes you’ve been wanting to make!
Which Facial Plastic Surgery Procedure Is Right For You?
Every face is unique. Whatever bothers you when you see yourself on Zoom can be changed. The areas your plastic surgeon focuses on can be very specific. Consider, for example:
- Full or mini-facelifts: Your surgeon will remove the excess skin that sags around your face and neck, all with hidden, subtle scars that keep people wondering how you look so rested and refreshed. Muscles and tissues are tightened and fat is removed, all in an out-patient procedure with an initial recovery period of only a couple of weeks.
- Browlifts: Tired of those wrinkles in your forehead and drooping eyebrows? With an endoscopic procedure, very minimal incisions can be made just behind the hairline so your surgeon can lift the forehead skin, muscles and underlying tissue.
- Eyelifts: If the eyes are the window to the soul, don’t you want them to look their best? An eyelift removes the excess skin and fat from the upper and lower eyelids, and suddenly those “puffy eyes” are gone.
- Nose reshaping: Let’s face it, your nose is always front and center, the focal point of your entire face. Natural, symmetrical, beautiful, and functional -- the nose you’ve always wanted – is within your reach. Your surgeon will actually sculpt the supporting bone and cartilage framework of your nose to the new shape and reattach the skin over it, generally with the incision hidden inside your nose.
- Non-surgical options: Maybe for now you’d be interested in non-surgical procedures, such as Botox or other fillers, peels or skin treatments. A call with your plastic surgeon can help you determine what is best for you and whatever it takes to make you ready for Zoom and ready for life!
Why do some people put off plastic surgery that they know they want?
There can be a lot of reasons, but most may stem from misunderstandings about the amount of money, pain, risk or time involved. These procedures have gotten very sophisticated, and plastic surgery techniques are incredibly advanced today. The key is to find a surgeon you believe in – one with top credentials and years of experience – one you can trust to help you show your true face to the world.
You don’t need to choose the “trendy” doctor, or the one with cute nicknames who rules on social media with flashy models. The right fit isn’t necessarily the doctor with a television or radio show or the one who comes up first on Google search. Plastic surgery is serious, and you want a professional surgeon who takes you seriously and treats you with respect. The best way to lessen the risk of your procedure is to choose the right surgeon.
What you will find once you have your first conversation may surprise you: less time, less pain, less money, better outcomes. You’ll be asking yourself why you waited so long.
The First Step to Your Dream Face: A Virtual Consultation
So what’s the best Zoom call you may have this month? Set up a virtual, personal consultation with Dr. Lincenberg and his team to get all of your questions answered. Take that first step, and see what magical things can happen. It may be the best “touch up my appearance tool” you’ll ever find!