New York plastic surgeon Jeffrey S. Yager, MD recently started performing elective cosmetic procedures again after the three-month, state-mandated halt was lifted.
One thing he’s found most surprising during the COVID-19 crisis: “The majority of my patients were eager to proceed, as they view the surgeries as safe,” he says. “And, they finally have time off from work to recover.”
While his office in Upper Manhattan is now seeing a surge in demand, there are new precautions being taken. For starters, all patients are now tested by nasal swab for COVID three to five days prior to the procedure in his office, mainly because he does not want a healthy patient potentially being exposed to the virus in an urgent care center.
“I’m still encouraging all consults to be done virtually to minimize patient flow in the office,” Dr. Yager explains, adding that he’s seen a major uptick in contact and communication with patients via social media. “Even some post-op visits can be done virtually to avoid potential exposure. Of course, each patient comes for an in-person preoperative visit and exam, but we ensure strict social-distancing and mask policies, and have a clear cleaning protocol between patients.”