A December 12 article in Business Insider reports on the ongoing boom in cosmetic procedures and plastic surgeries attributed to the dominance of now-ubiquitous teleconferencing technologies such as Zoom and Skype in the wake of the ongoing pandemic. While not all the statistics are in, most observers attribute the increase to fact that so many of us spending a large portion of our workdays looking at an electronic reflection of ourselves as we talk with our colleagues and others online. 

Beverly Hills plastic surgeon Payam Jarrah-Nejad, M.D., F.I.C.S., F.A.C.S., better known as Dr. J, says that this is phenomenon has made just about everyone more aware of their appearance. At the same time, he notes, the need to socially distance and stay at home offers what everyone hopes is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to recuperate privately with little need to be concerned with lengthy absences from work or missing important social functions.

Dr. J says that the boom is also a good reason for people considering procedures to exercise additional caution as more and more providers, many with highly variable track records and backgrounds, may be entering the field. The best way to ensure that procedures are performed both safely and successfully, says Dr. J., is to insist on working with board-certified plastic surgeons. He notes that most people do not understand that, to call themselves plastic surgeons, physicians must undergo an additional two years of specialized surgical training, which is not true of cosmetic surgeons. He says that board certification as a plastic surgeon is an additional hurdle that involves going through a rigorous process overseen by leaders in the plastic surgery specialty. This is especially essential for facelifts, rhinoplasties (nose jobs), and other tried-and-true but still delicate plastic surgeries, says Dr. J.

Even in the case of such increasingly popular nonsurgical cosmetic procedures such as Botox and facial fillers, Dr. J suggests that it is best to go with an experienced board-certified plastic surgeon, ensuring that the procedure is performed with the eye of an expert. He adds that, in many cases, nonsurgical procedures and surgeries such as facelifts, can be performed in tandem by a skilled plastic surgeon to maximize aesthetic benefits.

Dr. J is double board-certified, which means that he has been certified as a plastic surgeon by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and as a general surgeon by the American Board of Surgery. Readers who are interested in learning more about plastic surgeries and cosmetic procedures with Dr. J can call (310) 228-3151 to learn more. Dr. J’s qualifications as a Beverly Hills plastic surgeon, double-board certified by both the American Board of Plastic Surgery and the American Board of Surgery can be seen on his website.

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