Increase in Plastic Surgery Demand During Pandemic Emphasizes Importance of Board-Certified Plastic Surgeons, says Dr. Steven Varkony

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The Encino-based plastic surgeon comments on a recent article that individuals interested in plastic surgery should thoroughly research their doctor for the best and safest results.

Encino board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Steven J. Varkony.

Individuals considering any type of plastic surgery or procedure, however, need to be more careful than ever that they are working with a top-quality provider.

A January 6 article on The Guardian reports on the global rise in plastic surgery procedures during the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic. The article credits the dramatic increase in the number of people working from home as one reason for the surge. The consensus is that this is because one very small silver-lining of the pandemic for prospective plastic surgery patients is that it allows people to heal from a procedure at home, without having to take time off from work. The article notes that another motivator for a prospective patient is that many of us are spending more time looking at computer images of themselves in online meetings, providing us with a heightened sense of our appearance. Encino-based board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Steven J. Varkony says that individuals considering any type of plastic surgery or cosmetic procedure, however, need to be more careful than ever that they are working with a top-quality plastic surgeon as the increase in patients means more doctors – not all of whom are plastic surgeons – will try to enter the cosmetic procedure market.

Dr. Varkony says that, while plastic surgery has never been safer and more effective, it is still delicate surgery, and not all plastic surgeons are the same. To be as safe as possible, the doctor insists that prospective patients should only consider doctors who are licensed plastic surgeons and who, like him, have passed the rigorous board-certification process for plastic surgeons and are members of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. At the same time, patients should also explore the particular abilities of their surgeon, says Dr. Varkony.

It’s important to talk with a plastic surgeon about what to expect in your specific case, says Dr. Varkony. One concern many patients have is with the scars that follow procedures. While all good plastic surgeons take pride in their ability to make scars less conspicuous, Dr. Varkony, notes that he has been a pioneer in this area, particularly when it comes to arm lifts (brachioplasty). While most procedures being done still result in a scar going down the length of the inside of the arm, Dr. Varkony’s of the arm, Dr. Varkony’s Hidden Scar Arm Lift places the incision across the length of the armpit and inside a natural crease, so that the scar that results is as inconspicuous as possible.

Scaring is just one area of difference between plastic surgeons, says Dr. Varkony. Plastic surgery is one of the most demanding of all medical specialties and it’s work that requires great skill, knowledge, and a special aesthetic touch. If there’s any decision where you can’t be too careful, choosing a plastic surgeon in the middle of a boom in procedures is one, says the doctor.

Readers who are interested in learning more about board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Steven Varkony can call (818) 907-9090 or visit his clinic’s website at

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