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In those weirdest years, it’s been hard to feel good about a lot. From disaster at not being able to go to your favorite restaurant, from the politicization of the simplest measures to help protect others, to some callousness to death, it’s not been a year that most of us will want. remember.

But people want to get over it, and they yearn for a lot of the things they did to feel good about themselves. Like clearing their 11s between their eyebrows with Botox injections. Like having liposuction to remove that stubborn pocket of fat on the lower abdomen. Like having a smile makeover to brighten up a less than perfect mouth. Or like having the latest laser treatment to remove unwanted hair.

These are all treatments offered by cosmetic surgery practices, dentists, dermatologists, medical spas and other providers we work with at Advice Media.

The question is: how do we make our current and potential patients feel comfortable coming back to our offices? In the first blog of this month, we covered some protocols that the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) has in place to keep their patients and staff safe. We have also included protocols for patients.

In this second fall blog, let’s dive into five areas the ASPS recommends to help your patients feel comfortable (not scared) when they come in for surgery or treatment.

  1. Virtual meetings

COVID-19 has accelerated a lot of things in this country. Online schooling has made huge strides, as has online shopping. Telecommuting was a sleepy small segment of the workforce until February, when it became the majority of the workforce. The virus has caused companies to question the value of huge office buildings when employees seem to be working more productively from home.

And the same has happened with medical practices. Consultations have been moved online, as have pre and postoperative instruction sessions. Obviously, you can’t move the actual treatments or surgeries to the virtual world, but most other contacts are possible.

By having as many virtual appointments as possible, it limits the number of patients physically in your practice, which allows for greater social distancing and greater security. It helps your patients to feel more comfortable.

  1. Waiting rooms

The age-old practice of patients waiting side by side in your waiting room leafing through well-worn copies of Time the magazine is finished, at least for a while. Most doctors’ offices no longer allow patients to wait together in the waiting room, preferring instead to have them wait outside in their private cars.

It limits the time patients spend in your office and keeps people away from each other. Both aspects increase the comfort level of your patients.

If possible, it is also a good idea to have patients enter the back offices through one door and exit through another.

  1. Masks

The ASPS recommends masks for all patients and staff in your practice. This is obvious, as it has been shown to reduce the possible spread of the virus. It also makes patients feel more secure.

You may have some resistance from occasional patients, but if Delta Airlines has created a list of people who will no longer be able to fly with Delta because they have refused to wear face masks, your practice can do the same. It is important to show your patients that you are serious about their safety.

  1. Effects of the proceedings

ASPS reminds practices to consider how wearing a face mask can impact recovery after various treatments and procedures. For example, recovery from otoplasty (ear surgery) will be completely hampered by the strings of a mask pulling on the operated ears. Some facial procedures such as laser skin resurfacing can be affected by wearing a mask.

  1. Recovery

It has always been a common practice for postoperative consultations to take place in person. The healthcare professional checks the incisions and sutures and looks for signs of possible infection. ASPS now recommends that you move these consultations online, if possible. Today’s high definition cameras on our phones and computers provide excellent viewing of incisions and the like. In addition, you can advise your patients on what to look for if possible signs of infection.

Of course, major procedures, such as a tummy tuck, may still require office visits, but the ASPS wants the practices to be moved as much as possible online. This allows everyone to stay safe and should not compromise the quality of your care after the procedure.

These are five ways the ASPS recommends practices to protect their patients and staff, and to help everyone feel more comfortable coming back for the various treatments and procedures you offer. Some of these trends may continue, such as virtual consultations. Others like the elimination of waiting rooms will probably be temporary measures. Time will tell us.

If you have any questions about other things you can do to maintain peace of mind for your patients and staff during these times, simply contact your Advice Media representative. Or, if you are not yet one of our clients, please fill out a contact form and let’s talk.

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