If you’ve been planning for an aesthetic boost to your appearance, you may have found it difficult to find a medspa open during the COVID-19 pandemic. Why is aesthetics different from other areas of medicine? The key lies in the term “essential services,” and the risk vs. benefit of elective aesthetic procedures.
At The Med Spa at Matthews Internal Medicine in Matthews, North Carolina, our medical aesthetics experts are standing by, waiting for an approved reopening date so we can serve you safely.
Much of the United States has seen cases of this illness multiplying quickly. That’s because the new coronavirus is easy to spread from person to person, which is why it has been regarded as a pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
One of the most common ways the virus can spread is through respiratory droplets, released when someone with the virus sneezes, coughs, or talks. The virus can stay alive on surfaces for days.
Risk At Medspas
Any place where you and another person have your faces close together can put you at risk, even when using personal protection equipment (PPE). Also, PPE is in extreme shortage for front-line medical personnel treating people who have this disease and for essential employees outside of health care settings who must be at work serving the public.
This means that many nonessential medical services are closed unless they handle emergency situations. This has included dentists and medical spas across the country. Because the aesthetic services we provide aren’t typically needed urgently to help you avoid serious injury or sickness, we have stayed closed to help reduce the risk of infection and reserve PPE for those who need it most.
When We Reopen
When we reopen, you may see small changes to our patient flows and how we handle appointments. We want everyone to be safe and healthy, so we’ll ask our staff and our patients to not come into our office if you have any symptoms that could be related to a COVID-19 infection. These symptoms include:
- Shortness of breath
You also may see more measures taken by our staff to reduce airborne droplets. The goal is to keep patients well so you can get the aesthetic services you desire in a safe, controlled environment.
We look forward to reopening our doors and seeing you again soon! If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact our office.