What to Do if You Get Sick Before Plastic Surgery

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The winter months can be a convenient time to undergo elective surgery since many of us are wearing more layers, staying inside, and being overall less active. Unfortunately, this is also a common time for people to catch cold and flu viruses—not to mention the coronavirus. So what happens if your surgery has been scheduled, but you wake up with a sore throat and runny nose in the days leading up to it? Our board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Neil J. Zemmel, explains some scenarios that may or may not affect your surgery timeline.

Important COVID-19 Information: It is essential for your health and the safety of our staff and patients that you reschedule your surgery if you are diagnosed with the virus. If you have any cold or flu symptoms—even minor ones—you will need to be tested for COVID-19 to rule out this virus before coming in for surgery.

In general, a mild cold isn’t usually a reason to cancel surgery. The severity of your symptoms and outcome of your COVID-19 test will ultimately determine whether you can keep your original surgery date or will need to postpone it. Our goal is to help you look and feel your best, but we want to ensure your procedure can be done with the utmost safety. 

If you have any questions about your upcoming surgery date, please don’t hesitate to give us a call.