Over the last few weeks, the number of coronavirus cases has increased worldwide. We understand that this has caused some uncertainty for patients in the Greater New Orleans area. Because board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Jules Walters places the health and safety of our patients first, our practice is rescheduling all nonessential procedures performed in hospitals and surgical facilities.
Also called COVID-19, this virus may cause symptoms, such as fever and dry cough. Since we are living in unprecedented times, we want to assure patients that we are doing what we can to protect our staff and patients in New Orleans and Metairie, LA. Walters Plastic Surgery is closely monitoring the recommended safety measures by officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and World Health Organization (WHO). Read on to learn more about the state of elective surgeries, tips to prevent coronavirus, and how you can discuss your aesthetic goals and get your cosmetic surgery questions answered with a virtual consultation at Walters Plastic Surgery.
What is a virtual consultation?
At Walters Plastic Surgery, we know that a consultation with a skilled plastic surgeon is one of the most important parts of understanding your treatment plan. If you are considering cosmetic surgery in the near future, you can still contact our office for a virtual consultation. This unique experience gives patients a chance to learn about our practice, and if they qualify as a candidate for the procedure(s) they are interested in. During a virtual consultation, Dr. Walters and his staff can review photos of the problem areas, assess your health history, and learn about any medications you may be taking. If we feel we can help you achieve your desired goals, we can talk about our next steps together and how cosmetic surgery can address your areas of concern.
Why are elective surgeries canceled?
In response to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, elective surgeries across the country are now being rescheduled. If you were looking forward to your cosmetic procedure, this might be difficult or disappointing to hear. However, there are good reasons why physicians take these kinds of measures. The cancellations help slow down or stop the spread of disease and allow the members of the health care system to attend to more essential patients at this time.
Canceling any type of event or gathering that involves groups of people is a prime example of social distancing. This phrase has become fairly common as New Orleans coronavirus cases continue to grow. Social distancing increases the physical space between people to prevent spreading illness. Examples of social distancing include working from home instead of the office and switching to online classes instead of attending in person. As a rule, it is recommended that individuals stay at least six feet apart to lessen their chances of catching the virus, and that extends to offices such as Walters Plastic Surgery.
What are the most common coronavirus symptoms?
According to the CDC and WHO, coronavirus symptoms include fever, nasal congestion, runny nose, and sore throat. Some people report losing their sense of taste or smell. Most people who get coronavirus recover without needing special treatment. In more severe cases, coronavirus can lead to pneumonia, organ failure, and even death. On average, it takes about six days for someone to show symptoms after getting infected. It is important for people in New Orleans and Metairie, LA to be vigilant about prevention since people who carry the virus may not show any symptoms at all.
Tips to prevent contracting coronavirus
People can reduce the risk of transmitting COVID-19 by taking precautions to protect their health and the health of others. This includes washing hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds before eating or after going to the bathroom. When soap and water are not available on hand, an alcohol-based hand sanitizer can work. Cover your mouth when coughing or sneezing and dispose of the tissue in the nearest trash bin.
Other coronavirus tips include avoiding touching your nose, eyes, and mouth with unwashed hands. If you believe you are sick or are experiencing symptoms, call your primary care provider right away for an evaluation. Do not leave home except for essential activities and limit close contact with others as much as possible. For more information about coronavirus and how it spreads, patients can visit the CDC website.
Protect yourself and prepare for the future
It is critical for patients to learn about the coronavirus and what it means to our community in the Greater New Orleans area. While the pandemic is making people aware of handwashing practices and social distancing, the team at Walters Plastic Surgery is doing everything we can to help flatten the curve. If you are considering any type of cosmetic procedure, contact our office today to set up a virtual consultation with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Jules Walters. Proper planning now will have you prepared and ready for your procedure in the future.