BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — After over a year spent looking at their reflections in virtual meetings, more and more Americans are getting hair replacement surgery.
Experts are calling this rise the "Zoom boom" inspired by the popular video meeting app. Owner of Leonard Hair Transplant Associates and surgeon Dr. Matthew Lopresti attributed the rise in surgeries to people noticing bald spots after staring at their own reflections in Zoom meetings all day.
"Now you actually really look at yourself during an entire workday," Lopresti told WBZ's Kim Tunnicliffe. "That has driven a lot of people to come in because you see it and they're paying attention to it."
Another thing pushing people to get the surgeries is because with remote work being so popular, patients don't need to take time off of work. Hair replacement surgery normally requires a week to recover from.
"They can all work from home so they don't have to necessarily take the time off from work," Lopresti said.
Due to this increase in patients, Leonard Hair Transplant Associates is scheduling consultations and surgeries about three or fourth months out, as opposed to a few weeks. To make up for this, Lopresti has been trying to bring on more staff but is facing a shortage of workers.
"We certainly have reached out to expand the practice," Lopresti said. "To find new staff members now is sort of a challenge."
WBZ's Kim Tunnicliffe (@KimWBZ) reports.