As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, you might be wondering about the timeline for your previously scheduled elective cosmetic surgery procedures. Or you may be revisiting plans for plastic surgery that you’d made earlier in the year. Can you safely go forward with your plans?
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the American College of Surgeons, and the American Society of Anesthesiologists have recommended a pause in elective surgical procedures while the pandemic continues uncontrolled. In this fluid and rapidly changing situation, Raymond Douglas, MD, PhD, has your health and best interests in mind, and he can advise you on the best course to follow over the coming months.
What we can do
In order for our medical office to safely reopen, California plastic surgeons recommend waiting for several conditions to be met, as well as taking a number of steps to reduce potential risk for contagion as a part of each phase of reopening.
Once COVID-19 cases have declined in the Beverly Hills, California, area for at least 14 days, guidelines recommend that we can increase our availability for elective procedures. If COVID-19 case numbers increase again, we may need to respond by decreasing service, if recommended by the state of California.
We strive to serve you as safely and comprehensively as possible for the duration of this worldwide crisis, using tools including high-quality personal protective equipment (PPE), testing and tracing, social distancing, and increased cleaning regimens to reduce the chance for opportunistic infection to spread. Our COVID-19 safety plan minimizes your in-office risk.
What you can do
Depending on the type of treatment you’re interested in, it may be possible for you to come in during an earlier phase of the California reopening. More medically necessary plastic surgery procedures may be scheduled before non-medical cosmetic treatments.
While it’s necessary to stay flexible and adapt to changing circumstances, Dr. Douglas recommends that you don’t give up your plans to achieve your aesthetic goals. You can continue to consult with Dr. Douglas about your cosmetic treatment and plastic surgery plan. We offer video consultations via our telehealth services.
Depending on your treatment plan, you may be able to start preparing for your procedure now, saving you time and hassle in the future. As soon as signs point to safer local conditions, Dr. Douglas is ready to help you realize your goals. He provides a wide range of plastic surgery and other cosmetic services.