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The accelerating severity of this coronavirus pandemic and the impending disastrous effects that it will have on our healthcare system will jeopardize our ability to treat those individuals requiring intensive care. In response to this, numerous hospitals and outpatient centers in the Scottsdale and Phoenix metropolitan areas have cancelled all elective surgery, effective immediately. This includes both North Valley Surgery Center and Piper Outpatient Surgery where I perform all plastic surgery procedures.

How this will affect you if you have either already scheduled surgery or are planning to do so within the next several months is as follows:

1. All elective cosmetic surgery is cancelled effective immediately. We won’t know for a while when it can be scheduled or rescheduled. It is pure conjecture on my part, but I suspect that this prohibition may last three months or longer.
2. Plastic surgery procedures related to the treatment of cancer such as primary breast reconstruction and the removal of skin cancers should not be affected at all by this.
3. Non-emergent procedures such as breast reductions, panniculectomies, and the treatment of scars, benign lesions or masses such as lipomas will be cancelled and will not be allowed to be scheduled.
4. There are some gray area plastic surgery procedures that both North Valley Surgery Center and Piper Surgery Center will evaluate on a case by case basis to determine if they will be allowed to be performed during this period of time. These centers have not, as of yet, decided what these may procedures are.

We will be contacting all those individuals whose previously scheduled surgery must be cancelled. Those of you who have wanted to schedule surgery will be notified of these current restrictions.

Once we are provided with a time frame when these restrictions are removed, you will be contacted so that you can schedule/reschedule your surgery.

Minor plastic surgery procedures that can be performed in our office will not be affected – at least as of now. We will continue offering Botox® and Juvederm® treatments.

If you have any questions, you can call our office at (480) 451-3000 or contact us by email.

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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.