You’ve been thinking about getting a certain procedure for a long time. You’ve weighed the pros and cons, and you’ve decided that plastic surgery can significantly increase your life quality.
There’s one problem: by the time you’ve made up your mind, the pandemic came along, and with it came the restrictions.
Lancaster County in Pennsylvania is reopening, but not all businesses are ready to return to their usual activity due to fear of spreading the virus. We asked our expert, Dr. Richard M. Levin, about how COVID-19 changes the way we perform plastic surgery and what you can expect to change in the future.
Plastic surgery during the COVID-19 pandemic
There are a few guidelines regarding who can get plastic surgery during the pandemic.
Currently, only a small percentage of the population, including patients who’ve experienced complications or have worrisome symptoms, can get surgeries. However, since complications are rare, few people will need help right away.
To protect our patients, all of the non-essential services in our practice will be delayed until the medical authorities deem it safe for everyone to have cosmetic procedures. That said, guidelines and information regarding the coronavirus are changing rapidly, and the best way to find out when we’re open for elective surgeries is to give us a call.
After the reopening of the economy, there may be a spike in the number of people who seek plastic surgery, as many people are now delaying these procedures. If you want to get a procedure done as soon as possible after the restrictions are lifted, you may have to plan it out ahead of time with one of our specialists.
Why procedures are being postponed
COVID-19 often comes with no symptoms, so it’s hard to identify who is infected. You may carry the virus and not be negatively impacted by it, but someone else with a weaker immune system can develop serious complications if they catch it from you.
Another reason why your elective procedure may be postponed is to conserve resources.
Non-essential procedures still require personal protective equipment that’s currently in short supply. Buying more masks, gloves, and gowns negatively impacts the healthcare workers who treat COVID-19 patients and need this equipment to stay safe.
Online consultations during the quarantine
Our staff understands your frustrations regarding the quarantine and wants to help you navigate the new regulations. If you’ve had injectables that are now wearing off or if you have skin issues that need to be addressed, we can still help you via a one-to-one online appointment.
You can schedule an online appointment by choosing the date and the time in our online calendar. This way, you can get the health advice you need without leaving your home and risking getting infected.