Business is booming for local plastic surgeons and dermatologists amid COVID — here’s why

by Kerri Tallman

DARTMOUTH — While some businesses are struggling to remain open due to staff shortages and lack of business, plastic surgeons and dermatologist offices are booming with appointments.

In fact, most of the current clients and patients are those working from home who have found it convenient to recover from a procedure in the comfort of their own homes and behind face masks.

Dr. Albert Fox, a plastic surgeon whose practice is on Faunce Corner Road, said he has seen a strong uptick in facelifts, rhinoplasties and eye lifts, as those procedures require extended recovery time. The majority of his patients, between 40 and 50 percent, work from home. For those who continue to work in offices, many have used the excuse of wearing a face mask to hide swelling and bruising.

“It’s counterintuitive,” Fox said. “People are wearing masks, yet they want to have the procedures done.”

Lori Bentley, medical aesthetician at Dartmouth Dermatology, noticed an increased interest in laser peels, also known as “lunchtime peels” because they are quick and easy appointments. Since COVID-19 restrictions have been lifted, she has seen a 60 percent increase in clients. With many of her clients working from home, she no longer has to schedule appointments around their work schedules.

“It’s easier to fit into their lifestyle schedule,” Bentley said.

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