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Daniel Careaga, MD
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Should I Avoid Cosmetic Procedures Because of the Coronavirus?

Posted March 17, 2020 in Coronavirus

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Please check the CDC regularly for more info.

While there are many facts, articles, and valuable pieces of information floating around regarding the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), there has been little coverage with regards to what patients should do within the cosmetic world, especially for those who have a plastic surgery planned. 

Patients who have already scheduled their appointments may be cautious of entering public spaces, adopting the social distancing tactics that are becoming more common each day. 

While it is essential to stay vigilant and cautious of potential exposure, the best way to make responsible decisions is by staying informed and assessing risk as best as possible. Here are a few questions to consider when deciding if you should continue with your cosmetic procedure with the widespread fear of COVID-19:

What If I Feel Sick Before My Plastic Surgery?

This might seem like a simple question to ask, but it is vital you pay close attention to your body’s signals that something may be wrong. Simple tasks like taking your temperature, monitoring your heart-rate, and observing your breathing are essential indicators of your current state of health. 

If you feel any cold or flu-like symptoms, you should not come into the office. Instead, contact your surgeon and postpone your appointment for at least two weeks or until your symptoms have subsided. Many plastic surgery practices have already begun to send out emails regarding this issue, urging patients not to arrive at an appointment if they are coughing, have a fever, or experience shortness of breath. 

Can I Stay Safe From COVID-19 if I Am Already At My Plastic Surgery Appointment? 

Some patients will stay healthy and not come in contact with COVID-19, despite its spread. It is important that patients trying to conserve their health as they visit medical offices and undergo plastic surgery remain responsible and take hygienic and preventive actions. Please refer to the CDC for more information on how to prevent yourself and others from getting sick.

  • Washing your hands is one of the most reliable ways to prevent contamination from disease, bacteria, and viruses. Whether you are in the doctor’s practice, waiting room, or making stops along the way, it is crucial to wash your hands regularly with soap and water, scrubbing at a minimum of 20 seconds to eradicate germs. Studies show that plain soap is just as effective as antibacterial soap
  • Hand sanitizer made with a minimum of 60 percent of alcohol can break up harmful microbes on the skin’s surface, eliminating some germs. 
  • Avoid close physical engagement and refrain from shaking the hands of receptionists, office managers, and even physicians. While they may not be exhibiting symptoms, some spread may be possible before symptoms are shown. 
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands. 
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue and dispose of the tissue in a lined trash can. 

COVID-19 Risks After Major Plastic Surgery 

To mitigate the highest amount of risk, the ideal candidate for major plastic surgery such as breast augmentation, tummy tuck, or mommy makeover should be in great health, be a non-smoker, and be a weight relatively close to what is most healthy for their body type. 

Major plastic surgery can lower your immune system due to the added stress that healing and surgery puts on the body. When considering plastic surgery, it is important that patients weigh whether potentially compromising their immune system is right for them. This is why following your plastic surgeon’s key instructions are imperative to allow you to heal in the quickest, most efficient, and effective manner. 

Have More Questions?

If you are interested in learning more about plastic surgery and appointment availability, please contact Careaga Plastic Surgery by calling (305) 960-7511 or fill out our online contact form


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