During the COVID pandemic, the demand for plastic surgery has actually increased. Once plastic surgeons opened their offices for elective procedures, thousands of Americans flocked to their doors.
In fact, Botox injections and breast augmentation are the most commonly sought procedures during COVID. The growing demand illustrates that patients are confident in their plastic surgeons’ ability to reopen and resume plastic surgery procedures safely.
But is it safe to have plastic surgery during COVID? What are the risks? And how can you protect yourself if you decide to get plastic surgery? We’ll explore the answers to determine how safe plastic surgery is during COVID.
What are the Risks of Plastic Surgery During COVID?
Several risks threaten individuals who want plastic surgery:
Compromised Immune System
The most significant danger for plastic surgery patients is that their immune system will be compromised and susceptible to the Coronavirus. This is particularly alarming because perfectly healthy adults may contract Coronavirus, and it could kill them as opposed to their normal circumstances where the virus would barely affect them.
Taking a Hospital Bed from A COVID Sufferer
While many cosmetic procedures are done in the office, there is still a chance of complications and infections. If a complication arises, the patient would need to go to the hospital. They would potentially take away a bed that would possibly be used for COVID victims.
All procedures, even the most routine outpatient procedure, can have complications. If you were to contract Coronavirus while in a weakened state after surgery, you could die. That’s why many doctors strongly suggest that people should wait until the pandemic is under control before electing to have any plastic surgery.
What the Experts Recommend
The American College of Surgeons recommends that individuals should thoughtfully evaluate the necessity of scheduled elective procedures. They recommend postponing or canceling electively scheduled operations or other invasive procedures.
The reason for this is to keep essential care equipment, beds, ventilators, and supplies available for treating those who are struggling to beat the Coronavirus. And to keep asymptomatic patients from spreading the COVID-19 virus to other patients and health care providers.
How to Protect Yourself if You Do Decide to Have Plastic Surgery
You can do a few things to keep yourself safe if you decide to have plastic surgery.
Choosing a Certified Plastic Surgeon:
To ensure you are in good hands, you’ll want to choose a plastic surgeon that is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ASPS) and that they are following all the safety guidelines dictated by the ASPS and CDC concerning COVID. These CDC guidelines include:
- Placing visual signs educating patients about proper hand and respiratory hygiene and etiquette.
- Maintaining social distancing as much as possible.
- Limiting visitors to only essential people for the patient’s physical and emotional care.
- Reporting hospital capacity information to the HHS Protect.
Leading Up to the Surgery
Before going into surgery, you should isolate or quarantine yourself for two weeks before the procedure. By limiting your contact, you’ll minimize exposure and reduce the risk of infection. This not only safeguards you but the professionals who will be administering the procedure.
Going into Surgery
Right before your procedure, you should follow safety guidelines to minimize the possibility of COVID infection. The CDC issued several guidelines for infection prevention and control in healthcare facilities during COVID-19:
- Wear a cloth face-covering properly to the office or hospital.
- Maintain physical distance as much as possible
- Do not wait in common areas.
- Limit visitors to only essential people.
- Isolate for two weeks after the procedure to give your immune system time to heal.
By following these guidelines, it should be relatively safe to have your procedure. Although depending on the type of procedure, your immune system could be weakened, so you’ll want to be even more careful after the procedure.
Having Plastic Surgery During COVID
While it is safe to have elective surgery with a board-certified plastic surgeon during the COVID pandemic, the experts ask that you postpone or cancel. Still, many Americans, despite this request, are continuing to have procedures done.
Because it is less invasive, Botox is a non-surgical injection that can be done in the office. Non-surgical procedures have relatively low chances of contracting the Coronavirus as long as the plastic surgeon follows the office’s health and safety guidelines. You should not be concerned about your safety to have these types of procedures.
Other surgical procedures, like breast augmentation, are more complex and could weaken your immune system. These procedures will increase your risk of infection from COVID. You should seriously consider the risks and recommendations of your plastic surgeon before scheduling an elective surgical procedure.