Although the Covid-19 pandemic has ruined our lives, video conferencing platforms such as Zoom have become the digital tools of choice for communication and collaboration. Although these platforms bring a lot of comfort, many people are increasingly worried that Zoom meetings may be detrimental to their self-image. After all, most of the time we stare at our familiar faces. A new study shows that the demand for plastic surgery has increased significantly in recent months due to the so-called “zoom deformity.”
In the editorial Published in Facial Plastic Surgery and Aesthetic Medicine, The author pointed out that using what appears on Zoom as a reason for seeking care has caused a surge in the number of patients. Patients are particularly concerned about acne and wrinkles. The report cited Google search trends and pointed out that words such as “acne” and “hair loss” are increasing.
“They attribute this trend to acne and hair loss, anxiety and depression, common psychological conditions during quarantine. We suspect that this trend may also stem from people constantly seeing themselves in videos and becoming more and more aware of themselves. Appearance,” it further stated.
The report pointed out that before Zoom became a measure of a person’s identity, patients used selfies and various photo editing applications to publish filtered versions of themselves. Many patients called “Snapchat metamorphosis” want to be closer to their edited version of their face.
The report added: “In 2019, 72% of members of the American Society of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery reported seeing patients seeking cosmetic surgery to improve selfies.”
Unlike the filtered version in still photos, users have little control over their appearance in Zoom meetings, which is why many people seek artificial changes in appearance and retouching procedures. According to this report, some people may feel depressed after seeing their wrinkles and worry that others may think they are depressed. Another explanation is that users are inclined to plastic surgery because they are observing their defects every day.
“When a person is overly addicted to real or imagined defects, this becomes a major problem. It adds that the life spent over-spending on Zoom may trigger a comparative response of self-criticism, causing people to rush to seek out what they are in. Faced with a treatment method that has not been considered before a few months on the video screen, this is a new phenomenon of “Zoom Dysmorphia”.