Why the ‘Home Improvement Effect’ May Be Responsible for an Increased Interest in Plastic Surgery

Encino, CA plastic surgeon George Sanders, MD had never done a virtual consultation until March of this year.

But, once COVID hit, it quickly became commonplace at his practice. 

“At first, there were maybe one or two per week, but then there were many—often several each day,” he recalls. “Not only did patients virtually consult, but they scheduled their surgery in anticipation of the end of the surgery shutdown.”

And the calendar concurs: Since his office reopened for elective procedures in mid-May, the surgery schedule has been filled. “Part of this is due to the backlog of patients who were already scheduled for surgery but had to postpone it. Other patients were planning to have surgery anyway, and now seems like the perfect opportunity.”

However, Dr. Sanders says, there’s a third patient group that never considered surgery and are now drawn to it. 

“When I ask these patients seeking plastic surgery why they are doing it, there are a number of reasons that are given. Home improvement has become a big thing during the pandemic. People are spending more time at home and see the need for home improvement. The same reasoning spills over into plastic surgery—patients have more time to spend looking at themselves and are seeing all sorts of needs that can be met by plastic surgery.”

It also comes as no surprise that many patients are not working, or they are able to work from home and recover there while still doing their job. “This gives those who were thinking about surgery before the pandemic, as well as those who began to think of having surgery during the pandemic, a wonderful opportunity because the element of time is often what is missing from the equation when it comes to recovering from surgery,” Dr. Sanders says.   

Remote Recovery
Over on the opposite coast, New York plastic surgeon Jeffrey S. Yager, MD saw a similar “calendar fill” once his office got the go to reopen in June.

“At first, when we restarted, we were making up for the three months of cases we had to delay,” he says. “But now, we are extremely busy with new patients who see this as an opportunity to have cosmetic surgery due to virtual work situations. By working remotely, a patient can have most plastic surgery procedures done on a Friday and be back at work via Zoom, telephone or computer Monday.”

Dover OH, facial plastic surgeon David Hartman, MD has seen it, too. “Many patients are now working remotely from their homes to a far greater extent than ever—this affords many individuals more control of their work schedules and allows them to be less concerned about more lengthy recovery times,” he says, pinpointing one patient group in particular. 

“We’ve seen this recovery-time-concern decline most notably in men. Working from home has markedly opened the door for men to step forward and schedule cases knowing they can recover, under the radar, from home, while continuing to work. Men seeking cosmetic surgery in our

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House labor committee subpoenas NLRB over conflict of interest questions on joint-employer issues

Committee chairman Rep. Robert C. “Bobby” Scott (D-Va.) said that the board’s ongoing refusal to provide the documents suggests that the board is covering up malfeasance, according to a letter from Scott to the panel to NLRB Chairman John Ring.

“[T]he continued refusal to give the Committee certain documents indicate that the NLRB has something to hide regarding decisions that are likely tainted by a defective process, such as the McDonald’s case and the joint employer rulemaking,” Scott wrote in the letter, sent earlier this month. “The Committee is left to conclude that the NLRB’s sole motivation for refusing to produce requested documents is to cover up misconduct.”

The NLRB says that though it has not given the documentation over, it has offered the committee the ability to review some of the documents in private.

“The Committee knows it is not entitled to the documents it is demanding,” Ring said in a statement. “This is a made-up controversy solely for political theater.”

A spokesman for the NLRB called the subpoena “unprecedented,” in a statement, adding the “disclosure of these pre-decisional documents would discourage agency employees from providing candid advice and undermine the internal deliberations of the Board.”

The Committee disagrees, saying that it is entitled to the information that is being shielded from it.

The documentation requested involves the issue of joint employer classification, which is an issue when there is more than one employer involved, such as when one of the employers is a franchise. Joint employer labor issues could have implications for millions of workers at large corporations like McDonald’s.

The NLRB, under President Barack Obama, focused on making it easier for workers to hold joint-employers accountable for their working conditions — such as workers who work for McDonald’s franchisees seeking redress from the McDonald’s Corp. But the Trump administration has worked to narrow these protections.

The first case the committee has sought more information on was a decision made by the NLRB in December to approve a settlement between McDonald’s franchisees and workers that absolved McDonald’s from direct responsibility over workers, as a joint employer — a legal win for the company.

William Emanuel, an appointee to the board by President Trump, was asked to recuse himself by the workers’ lawyers, because he worked for a law firm that had helped set up a hotline for McDonald’s franchise owners to call for legal advice about how to respond to some of the protests by workers, according to the committee and Bloomberg Law.

Emanuel participated in the McDonald’s decision — a violation of an executive order that prohibits appointees from participating in any matter that is “directly and substantially related” to former employers or former clients, said Josh Weisz, a spokesman for the House Education Committee.

The committee also wants more information on the NLRB’s decision to hire a contractor to sort and categorize public comments on the joint-employer rulemaking process.

The NLRB board disagrees that its members have been involved in any conflict of interests.

“There is

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Have Fun Using Various Hardware to Kitchen Cabinets and Add Interest

Shaker cabinets are super flexible type doors that they can be modern, traditional, old world or a variety of other styles depending on what they are combined with as far as design. Depending on the tile, lights, and hardware one can easily add interest and change the entire feel of a room.

Think of kitchen hardware as the cherry on the ice cream sundae. It is the completion of any good design and can make it look completely different than it did before.

Nickel and Steel

Nickel and steel are two finishes that continue to add value to a home when added, and especially in the kitchen. One simply cannot go wrong when choosing these finishes for hardware upon their shaker cabinets in any color or stain.

Since shaker cabinets are known for clean and beautiful lines, they work perfect with simple designs in hardware, however ornate knobs and pulls can be fun as well. Add a retro flair with white shaker cabinets or inset versions with exposed hinges for a fun look.

Antique Brass

Brass is a tough but brilliant finish to combine with shaker cabinets. Anyone that is looking for a warm, welcoming kitchen will be pleased with the addition of brass pulls. Add them in with stainless steel appliances and counter tops, industrial elements, dark or medium stained cabinets and even subway tiles just to present a few ideas.

Oil-rubbed bronze or brass looks amazing on white or grey cabinets which are very popular this year. See what can be found in antique stores and skip the cookie cutter pulls that are found in big box stores.

Glass Cabinet Pulls

Another vintage look is glass and ceramic pulls. Country style shaker cabinets will sing for attention and get it when adding these contrasting elements. These knobs and pulls come in a variety of styles and colors, and also opaque and transparent styles.

They can even be the perfect amount of bling for a girly girl kitchen, and add a chandelier. Why not go all out and really make a statement? Even glass front cabinets with a wood frame, still in shaker cabinet style can benefit from ceramic and glass pulls.

Flat Bar and Tubular Pulls

This type of pull upon colored or wood finish shaker cabinets gives a very contemporary or modern feel. If the homeowner is attracted to clean lines and basic, minimalist styles they’ll love these. They work great in town homes and flats in the city especially those with exposed ceilings and rough, brick walls.

Polished nickel is a popular choice as it sticks to the modern theme. They come in a variety of finishes, however, and lengths! Combine them with both light and dark shaker cabinets both for unique looks. Choose granite, stone or concrete counter tops and the same for floors. Also, glass backs plashes combine well. Sleek, modern and amazing anyone who visits this kitchen will be in awe.

Footed and Arced Pulls

For a graceful touch, consider footed and arced …

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Bar Stools Add Interest To Any Kitchen Decor

Bar stools are not only a great way to get extra seating without taking up too much space but they can also serve as unique accent pieces in your kitchen. Bar stools are great for high counters, kitchen islands or tall bistro style tables and can work with pretty much any style of décor. Here's some tips on the type of bar stool you might want to match with certain decorating styles.

Contemporary

A contemporary style calls for sleek modern lines. You can get interesting stools in chrome or steel that will go great with chrome appliances. If your kitchen has the dark mysterious look, try adding bar stools with a black finish. To add some zip you can use bar stools that have a funky design, or if you aren't that adventurous, try some with a half back or V shaped legs.

Retro

Retro is in these days and what better way to accent your retro style kitchen than with stools that borrow design elements from the good old days. You can buy brand new stools that are chrome and vinyl in a myriad of styles. Unlike actual vintage stools you won't have to worry about rusting metal or ripped upholstery with new stools. You can get great stools with or without backs in a retro 50's look, a vinyl retro lounge look with a full back and arms, and even backless counter stools just like you would see in the soda shop.

Tropical

For tropical themed kitchens you can choose from a wide selection of bar stools that will compliment your look. First you can go with a plain bamboo or rattan if your kitchen is very informal. If you are going for more of a fun look, you can try metal bar stools that have a palm tree or other tropical style cutout or similar stools that are painted on the backs with tropical designs.

Café

If your kitchen is modeled after a café or bistro, you will find many chairs you can use to enhance the look. Plain cherry wood chairs like those you would see in the upscale coffee shops always look nice and you can also get metal chairs with a stylish new-age design that compliments this look very well.

Themed

If you are going with an ethnic, earthy sort of kitchen like a Tuscan or Mexican style you might look at wrought iron bar stools. They come with designs on the backs, arms and legs that range from really scrolly to just slightly. With upholstered seats, these can be covered to match the colors in your kitchen.

Traditional

If you have a more formal or traditional kitchen, there are many bar stools that will go perfectly. I like a heavier stool with this look so you might try an oak or cherry stool that is solid and with arms. If you want an upscale pub look, try wood and leather bar stools that add class and elegance to any room.

If, like many …

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