A couple of weeks into quarantine, Carey, a 42-year-old New Jersey mother of three, decided she wanted to lose the extra 15 pounds she’d been carrying since her youngest child was born in 2017. Through exercise, she shed the weight in three months, but she still had skin hanging over her C-section scar that bothered her. No matter how many virtual Pilates classes she took, however, “I knew my tummy was never going to look the way I wanted it to.” So when her surgeon’s office reopened, she decided to get a tummy tuck.
Sarah,* 36, a fashion entrepreneur in New York, also opted to get plastic surgery during the quarantine. After stabilizing her businesses financially at the beginning of lockdown, she felt she “deserved a reward.” For Sarah, that meant finally getting a blepharoplasty to remove the excess skin from her lid—something she’d been wanting to do for six years.