Is It Safe to Get Plastic Surgery in the COVID-19 Era?

A woman sits on an exam table in preparation for her plastic surgery.

After months of sheltering at home to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, some women and men who had planned on getting aesthetic plastic surgery at our Eugene, Oregon, practice prior to the pandemic are likely now wondering if it’s safe to undergo an elective operation.

Some hesitancy is understandable, but as a plastic surgeon who has dedicated much of his career to advancing patient safety, Dr. Jewell wants to reassure patients that our universal safety precautions to minimize risks in the COVID-19 era enhance our high standards.

Ensuring Patient Safety

Surgical centers and operating rooms have expanded safety procedures. Once you’re in an operating room, it’s probably one of the safest places to be. That holds true for the rest of our offices, as well. We’ve provided sanitation instructions for our staff that exceed the highest standards. These protocols include decontaminating rooms and equipment throughout the day, the use of personal protective equipment (PPE), and having staff members take their temperatures every day when arriving for work.

We are also limiting appointments to the patient and one family member only. No children will be allowed to accompany patients inside our office. You and your family member will be asked to wash your hands, check your temperatures, and wear a mask when you arrive. Our clinic door will remain locked during the day so we can control the number of people in our office at a time. When you arrive for your appointment, please call us so we can escort you into our clinic.

Communication Is a Priority

We’ll engage with you and our other patients from the outset to let you know what to expect. We’ll also explain how the patient experience will differ from your previous visits. By providing patients with information, we hope to provide extra peace of mind for those visiting our practice. When calling for an appointment, a member of our team will ask about how you’re feeling, if you’ve been around anyone who’s been sick and if you’ve traveled outside of the Eugene area.

If you’re a new patient, we will email you with all required registration forms before your clinic appointment. Consent forms for surgery and injectables will be completed by the patient in the clinic.

Returning to Normal

Even as businesses—including plastic surgery practices—reopen amid an ongoing pandemic, it’s natural for people to seek a sense of normalcy. Part of that feeling is the desire to look our best. For women and men who have spent day after day looking at themselves on Zoom, they may have a heightened urge to get nonsurgical or surgical facial rejuvenation procedures.

Many people believe the changes we’ve all experienced during the past few months may have reshaped people’s priorities. If you want to come in for BOTOX® or Ultherapy® and push back a plastic surgery date, that’s fine. Our job at Jewell Plastic Surgery is to put patient safety first and make sure you feel comfortable.

If you want more information about our enhanced safety measures or if you have questions about scheduling a plastic surgery procedure, call us at (541) 683-3234 or contact us using the online form to request a consultation.

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