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This recent resurgence of coronavirus in Arizona is resulting in far greater numbers of people infected with as well as exposed to the virus. Making this situation more problematic is that there is no easy and instantaneous test that can detect individuals infected with the virus and who are potentially contagious but not yet showing signs of the disease. As a result, given a variety of scenarios, they can unwittingly infect others during this latent period where no symptoms are present.

As we have stated in our “A Message Regarding Coronavirus/COVID-19” and several blogs  during this pandemic, your safety and well-being is our top concern and we are taking all prudent actions possible and necessary including extreme infection control measures to ensure this. This includes all staff and all patients wearing a mask all the time – when possible.

We are serious about this!

The exceptions should now be where the area to be assessed would otherwise be covered with a mask and the issue involves something that is non-elective as opposed to cosmetic. An example of this is the preoperative evaluation of a skin cancer of the nose, lip or cheek and the postoperative follow up that is needed.

What will be temporarily stopped is the cosmetic non-surgical treatment of these areas. Examples include lip augmentation, treatment of the nasolabial folds, or chin enhancement with facial fillers such as Juvederm Volbella® and Juvederm® Ultra/Ultra Plus XC.

Surgical treatments of this general area that are performed at an outpatient center will continue on a case by case basis since patients are mandated to have a COVID test prior to surgery then self-quarantine for three days before their surgery.

Botox® treatments will be unaffected by this change since virtually all treatments can be administered with a mask in place.

If you have any questions on the above or want to schedule an appointment, you are welcome to call us at (480) 451-3000 or contact us by email.

Steven H. Turkeltaub, M.D. P.C.
Scottsdale and Phoenix, Arizona

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A Message Regarding Coronavirus/COVID-19

In light of the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic, we would like to let you know of some of the major precautions we are taking in our office to maximize cleanliness and keep the environment as sanitary and safe as possible. Our highest priority is always to ensure the safety of every individual who sees us and we are taking extreme infection-control measures to maintain cleanliness and “sterility” of surfaces and the overall environment.

We will be limiting dates and times for office appointments and consultations due to safety and other issues. Consequently, if you have already made an office appointment or consultation prior to March 18, 2020 to occur at a later time, this may need to be changed.

For anyone considering plastic surgery, we are now offering Virtual Consultations and Telemedicine through Skype. A great number of aesthetic or insurance-related issues can be evaluated via pictures and online video conferencing, making this an excellent way to find out more about particular procedures, determine candidacy for treatment, receive answers to questions and facilitate being able to move forward with care once the government lifts all restrictions.

In an abundance of caution, we are asking all current patients who are experiencing a fever, cough, chills, fatigue or any type of respiratory illness to please delay any upcoming appointments at our practice. We can talk with you by phone or email to establish a new date and time for the appointment.

We are all in this together. Our team urges everyone to follow the guidelines recommended by local health authorities and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which include frequent handwashing for a minimum of 20 seconds, social distancing, staying home if you are feeling sick, and contacting your healthcare provider if you feel you are experiencing symptoms.

For more information, please read our blog – Coronavirus and You: Important Information

For further updates, please check our blog.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us by phone or email.