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The Pandemic Has Caused a Boom in Plastic Surgery

When no one can see your whole face, it’s the perfect time to get a little work done.

Botox injections are just the beginning for people who are suddenly starting at their own faces on screens more than they are used to.

Botox injections are just the beginning for people who are suddenly starting at their own faces on screens more than they are used to.

Photographer: Stevica Mrdja / EyeEm/EyeEm

Jocelyn is a 25-year actress in New York. A self-described “petite woman” who’s happy with her body overall, she’d always noticed a few areas that neither diet nor exercise could fix. Then the pandemic struck, and New York went into lockdown. “I got a little chunky from eating so much, sitting on the couch, and watching Netflix,” says Jocelyn,  who asked us not to use her real name for professional reasons. Like much of the city, she spent almost three months with life on hold, and afterward found herself not only heavier but flush with cash as the restrictions eased. “I wasn’t able to spend as much money as I would have normally, on eating out or shopping excessively,” she says.

As a result of her unhealthy weight and healthier bank balance, Jocelyn splurged on cosmetic surgery as soon as she was able; in her case, it was an AirSculpt treatment, a body-contouring alternative to liposuction. “I got it done on a Wednesday, filmed a commercial that same Friday, and right after, went on a date, because I looked freaking amazing and I darn sure wasn’t going to be the only person to see it,” she says.