Plastic Surgery and COVID-19: What You Should Know

Since mid-June, cases of COVID-19 in South Florida have been on an upward trend, turning into such a huge spike that the area is seeing new records for people diagnosed with the coronavirus and, unfortunately, for the number of COVID-19 deaths.

In a world where COVID-19 turns everything upside down on a daily basis, the team at Plastic Surgery Specialists of Boca Raton is dedicated to offering as many services as possible, but we take the health of our current and future patients seriously. If you have any questions about the plastic surgery, cosmetic procedures, or skin care products we offer, don’t hesitate to call the office or email us online.

Though the information that’s current today may be out of date tomorrow, we are still open and performing cosmetic procedures. However, many elective procedures are not moving forward in most medical facilities in South Florida. Here’s a quick rundown on how things stand as of mid-July.

Office safety in the time of COVID-19

Protecting your health takes top priority in our office, so we want you to know some of the steps we take every day to ensure your health and well-being. For starters, we closely monitor recommendations from the CDC and the State of Florida. We take precautions on multiple levels to protect every person who comes into the office.

Our team diligently uses protective personal equipment (PPE). We clean common surfaces frequently and disinfect exam rooms after each patient using EPA-registered disinfectants.

Before you come in, our staff screens each patient, asking about potential symptoms. We schedule appointments to limit the number of people in our office at one time, making it easier to follow social distancing guidelines.

The nature of our practice means that most appointments require time with our team here in the office. Whenever possible, however, we try to help you over the phone so you can avoid unnecessary exposure to other people.

Status of elective surgeries in South Florida

In early May, the State of Florida lifted its original restrictions on elective surgeries. Following the spike in COVID-19 cases in June, however, many South Florida hospitals once again stopped scheduling elective surgeries, which includes all plastic surgery except for cancer treatment and reconstruction.

Boca Raton’s Boca Regional Hospital and Boynton Beach’s Bethesda Hospital East and West have temporarily suspended elective surgeries. Additionally, Jackson Health System and Memorial Health Care also paused their elective surgeries.

Plastic surgery at our in-house surgical facility

We have a fully accredited in-house surgical center that provides comprehensive care for our patients before, during, and after their procedure. Our dedicated team performs major plastic surgeries and minor cosmetic procedures on site. We offer a full range of anesthetic options and a hotel-like overnight suite where patients can safely recover following their surgery.

Because we have an independent facility, we can continue to take care of our patients’ plastic surgery needs. However, with every step we take, we always consider the potential risk for COVID-19. Our team carefully evaluates the risk of transmitting COVID-19 during surgery, and we follow every possible precaution.

We stay up-to-date with PPE needs, so we know when a shortage of protective gear for health care professionals takes precedence over our use of PPE during plastic surgery and cosmetic procedures.

Ultimately, we need to stay as flexible as everyone else in South Florida and make decisions about our hours and services based on eliminating the risk of COVID-19 in the community.

To learn what plastic surgery and cosmetic services are available, call Plastic Surgery Specialists of Boca Raton or connect with us online.

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