Plastic Surgery and COVID-19: What You Should Know

When it comes to medical procedures and health, COVID-19 takes precedence. That’s why here at Plastic Surgery Arts Center in Webster, Texas, the office is open to see patients for postoperative care only. Dr. Jan Garcia and our team hold the safety and well-being of patients as the absolute priority.

Please note if you have any symptoms of COVID-19, call our office immediately so we can help you determine how to proceed.

New procedures are on hold

The office of Plastic Surgery Arts Center is open, but for postop and follow-up care only. We follow the recommendations made by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons to provide only urgent or emergent care. This is to help prevent the spread of this virulent, highly contagious virus and to preserve hospital beds and staff for the neediest patients.

While many of our procedures are essential to your self-esteem and appearance, protecting yourself and others from COVID-19 takes precedence at this time. Most plastic surgery procedures are not considered an emergency and can be postponed for a few months. Of course, Dr. Garcia uses his medical judgment and takes into account your particular circumstances when it comes to what visits are absolutely necessary.

If you’re not sure if you should follow through with scheduled postoperative visits, please call our office for guidance.

If you have an appointment scheduled, follow these precautions

If you’re feeling fine and do need to come in for a follow-up appointment after your surgery, we’re here for you. We’re trying to limit the number of people who are in our office at any one time to honor social distancing and minimize possible spread of the virus. 

We ask that you respect the following:

In many cases, your concerns or questions may be addressed via a phone call if you aren’t able to abide by the necessary precautions.

What postoperative procedures require a visit

If you have a serious complication from a plastic surgery procedure, such as a breast implant rupture, contact our office immediately. Dr. Garcia provides evaluation and correction in these cases. Issues such as hematomas and seromas (pockets of pooled blood or bodily fluid) usually require a brief visit to the office for drainage.

If you had any procedure, including breast augmentation or reduction, rhinoplasty, facial reconstruction, or hand reconstruction, for example, shortly before the stay-at-home orders were announced, continue with your scheduled postop appointment schedule. It’s important that sutures be removed, healing is on course, and that you’re not at risk of infection.

The exact course of your follow-up therapy depends on the procedure you had, your lifestyle, and your age.

Protections are in place

In addition to limiting the number of patients visiting our office at any one time to honor social distancing, we’re taking every precaution to prevent the spread of COVID-19. We clean all surfaces thoroughly following every patient’s exam and treatment.

Anyone on our team exhibiting symptoms is asked to stay at home. Your health and well-being are a priority.

If you have specific questions about an upcoming procedure or want to schedule one in the future, call Plastic Surgery Arts Center. We can help you understand what types of appointments are absolutely necessary and what types of procedures may be put off for a few months for your safety and the safety of the community. We greatly appreciate your patience and understanding at this time.

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