Current public health orders limit what services are considered essential during the coronavirus pandemic. As the pandemic evolves, some businesses may be allowed to re-open. Cosmetic surgery is not considered an essential service at this time, but when we are able to re-open, coronavirus will still be a concern until there is a vaccine. Here are some guidelines to help you decide about your cosmetic procedures in the COVID-19 environment.
Monitor Your Health and How You are Feeling
Staying home when you ar e sick is a best practice for COVID-19. You may pressure yourself to have plastic surgery procedures when you are not feeling well, but we encourage you to be mindful of signals from your body. Practice taking your temperature and checking your heart rate and breathing. Also be cognizant of any flu – like symptoms, such as fever, coughing, shortness of breath, malaise, and feeling tired. If you have any symptoms, please contact us so we can reschedule your procedure after two weeks or when you are feeling better.
Safety Practices During Your Cosmetic Procedure Appointments
Because we are still learning about prevention, treatment, and spread of coronavirus, and continuing to expand testing whenever possible, it is difficult to determine who is carrying the virus. Under these circumstances, CDC guidelines should be followed in all public places until a vaccine has been developed.
- Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. You can use regular soap.
- Hand sanitizer can be used when you are out in public and do not have access to soap and water. The product should contain at least 60% alcohol.
- Practice social distancing by keeping at least six feet between yourself and others around you. Avoid shaking hands with people.
- Before touching your face, mouth, eyes, or nose, wash your hands for at least 20 second with soap and water.
- If you need to sneeze or cough, do so in a tissue and throw it away immediately. If you do not have a tissue, cough or sneeze into the bend of your elbow. Wash your hands right away.
COVID-19 Practices After Your Surgery
Being is good general health is recommended prior to any type of surgery, and more so with the COVID-19 pandemic. This includes being a non – smoker and near your healthy weight. Cosmetic procedures lower your immune system because the body is placed under stress. The additional consideration of COVID-19 means that you should carefully weigh the risk of having an immune system that is functioning at a lower level after surgery. If you do have a procedure, it is par amount that you follow all post – surgical instructions exactly as outlined.
We are Here to Help
Coronavirus makes many day-to-day activities and choices more complex. If you are feeling overwhelmed about having your cosmetic procedures, have questions, or want more information about having procedures during this time, contact Atlantic Surgical Associates, PA.