Plan & Prepare: Keeping Your Treatment Goals on Track During “Stay-At-Home”

A woman researches her cosmetic surgery options on her computer.

Gov. Cuomo’s stay-at-home order for most of New York—including Staten Island—is likely to remain in place for several weeks more. As a result, many people are turning to do-it-yourself treatments to continue looking their best on Zoom meetings or FaceTime calls.

Appearances may not seem so important in the middle of a pandemic, but our desire to take care of ourselves both physically and mentally while sheltering at home is healthy. Some people are looking up DIY hairstyling videos on YouTube while others may be shopping at the drug store for microneedling rollers to use at home.

Still, we know many of our patients who had scheduled nonsurgical or surgical procedures such as breast augmentation or tummy tucks had to put their plans on hold when COVID-19 cases prompted non-essential businesses to close. I encourage anyone whose aesthetic treatment plans have been temporarily delayed to use this time to prepare and plan for the eventual reopening of our plastic surgery practice in Staten Island.

Timing Your Treatment

The unpredictable nature of the coronavirus pandemic and how long the stay-at-home orders remain in place makes it difficult to schedule procedures. Right now would be an ideal time to try and secure a late summer appointment, even though the need for flexibility is a given.

With that in mind, here are a couple of tips to help you prepare and plan while waiting for businesses to reopen:

Do Your Research: If you have some extra time on your hands, you can do a deeper dive into whatever procedure you’re considering. The key is to look for reliable, authoritative sources for specific information about treatments and plastic surgery procedures. These credible sources include the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and The Aesthetic Society. Another useful site is RealSelf, where board-certified specialists post answers to questions asked by women and men actually considering plastic surgery. You can also read reviews posted by patients.

Remain Open-Minded: It’s easy to feel helpless or frustrated during this unusual time, especially if you had made arrangements for cosmetic plastic surgery earlier this year and had those plans upended. It can be difficult, for example, to regroup and arrange for a support team to help during recovery when you aren’t sure when the surgery will actually take place. My advice is to take a deep breath and know this situation won’t last forever. And you can be sure that our practice will do everything possible to schedule a procedure that’s convenient for you.

One other thing you can do is review our gallery of before-and-after photos to see the type of results you can anticipate for the procedure you’re considering. You can contact us now using the online form to request a consultation or call us at (718) 720-9400. We look forward to seeing you.

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