The American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS), the world’s largest association of facial plastic surgeons, recently released its 2020 annual survey findings, revealing a sudden shift in patient demand for surgical procedures last year, despite an ongoing pandemic.  

The survey reports that 70 percent of AAFPRS facial plastic surgeons saw an increase in bookings and treatments over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, with 9-in-10 of this group indicating an increase of more than 10 percent. Today’s patients are seeking surgical procedures over non-surgical, minimally invasive solutions. A full three-quarters of the work done by AAFPRS members last year was facial plastic surgery with an increase in rhinoplasty, facelifts, eye lifts and neck lifts/treatments. 

“We believe this surge in demand for surgical procedures contributes to several factors including the stay-at-home culture now part of our everyday lives, but also because we have more time to look at ourselves live and via video, whether it’s on Zoom or FaceTime,” says AAFPRS President, Paul J. Carniol, MD. “From students who are on their computers all day to adults working and socializing from behind a screen, staring and critiquing our own image and our own self-perception could account for this increased demand for facial plastic surgery.”

In addition, 83 percent of respondents point to the “ZOOM effect” as a major contributing factor in patients changing behaviors, while patients having more disposable income due to not spending it elsewhere is a strong second (64 percent) in patients changing behaviors.

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The American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery is the world’s largest specialty association for facial plastic surgery. It represents more than 2,200 facial plastic and reconstructive surgeons throughout the world. The AAFPRS is a National Medical Specialty Society of the American Medical Association (AMA), and holds an official seat in both the AMA House of Delegates and the American College of Surgeons board of governors. AAFPRS members are board certified surgeons whose focus is surgery of the face, head, and neck (inclusive of Rhinoplasty and Facial Rejuvenation).