Patients Requesting In-Home Plastic Surgery

There's no doubt that quarantine life has thrown us all for a loop, and for some of us, it has created a lot of free time. While many Americans have used this newfound time to take up a new hobby, flood social media and reconnect with friends and family from a safe distance, for some people it has created the perfect time for healing from plastic surgery. And in some cases, patients are asking for "in-home" plastic surgery.

But is this a good idea? We asked plastic surgeon Dr. Ryan Mitchell of Henderson, Nevada.

"Yes, this downtime would be an ideal time to undergo and heal from a plastic surgery procedure, but in-home procedures are a very bad idea," says Mitchell. "I understand the hesitance to step outside and into a clinical setting right now, but the home is not the sterile environment needed to conduct a surgical procedure."

Typically, plastic surgeons don't make house calls. In fact, it's rare that any physician makes house calls anymore these days, and with resources spread thin with the COVID-19 crisis, many doctors are stretched to their limits in office.

Mitchell says that many businesses that are considered "non-essential" are still closed in communities around the country, and while the time may be ideal for elective procedures, they are not being performed in most communities still under mandatory quarantine.

"Unfortunately, despite the free time, most people will have to wait for their procedure until after the coronavirus has peaked and businesses are allowed to open again," he says. "The good news is that emergency medical services are still available, as are many emergency procedures, so those patients are not being asked to wait."

But what about cosmetic procedures like Botox? In some communities, injectable parties have become popular. Hosted in the home of a party host, these parties bring injectable cosmetics like Botox straight to a gathering of patients.

Mitchell, for his part, cautions against this type of party.

"These parties are usually conducted by persons who do not have medical degrees," he says. "They are often cosmetologists or aestheticians who may simply have a certificate to inject, without really knowing the musculature of the face."

This can be a big problem, especially if something goes awry.

"Cosmetic injectables should always be injected by a licensed and board-certified plastic surgeon, not by a hairdresser or an aesthetician. And they definitely shouldn't be injected in someone's home," Mitchell says.

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