This document will be continuously updated to follow the most important recommendations based on new scientific evidence regarding COVID-19.

Health Care Guide (COVID-19)

Since the Covid-19 pandemic, we have modified different processes in our practice to guarantee the quality of care, minimizing the risk of patients and our staff.

That is why we developed this practical guide of processes with hygiene standards. The guide includes recommendations for making virtual and personal consultations in the office and also for putting them into practice in the clinics on the day of your surgery.

At each stage of the care process, we will guide you on the necessary hygiene measures.

  1. Presurgical evaluation and virtual consultation
  2. Preoperative tests
  3. Personal consultation in office
  4. Before-surgery indications
  5. The day of surgery
  6. After your plastic surgery

1. Pre-surgical evaluation and virtual consultation

In order to minimize personal contact and the possibility of exposure and viral transmission, most of the consultations will be done virtually using the usual communication channels, WhatsApp for medical evaluations, and Zoom for virtual consultations.

The evaluation includes the following files so you can answer most of your questions from the comfort of your home, without the need for visits and waiting.

Presurgical evaluation

The evaluation by WhatsApp consists of answering some questions and sending Dr. Bukret face and profile photographs of all the areas that you want to improve.

All the information we request is strictly confidential. You can view our patient privacy policy in this regard.

In the next 24 hours of receiving your information, you will receive an optimized treatment plan with 3 clinic options by email.

This is possible thanks to the AI ​​risk assessment algorithm developed by Dr. Bukret, which allows us to recommend the most appropriate clinic for your case according to the risk you have, given your current health condition and medical history.

Therefore, it is important to complete the assessment which will take a few minutes.

2. Preoperative tests

In those cases in which it is suspected that you’ve had in contact with COVID-19 ill patients, high-risk areas, or possible exposure to the coronavirus, a PCR analysis will be requested in addition to routine presurgical test to rule out a possible infection before going to the operating room.

3. Personal consultation in the office

Consultations in the office will be organized to minimize contact between people and only those that are essential will be effective, such as the case of fillers, Botox, a presurgical consultation, and postoperative controls.

It will be carried out according to the assigned schedule, taking care of social distancing, and minimizing contact with the staff in the office.

Before scheduling the consultation, you will need to have the certificate granted by the authorities to be able to circulate, they will request it together with your ID. You can request it at https://www.argentina.gob.ar/circular

When coming to the office avoid public transportation, use a private car or taxi with the windows down. Use gel alcohol to disinfect your hands when you get out of the car and after opening doors.  You can park in the closest private parking 150 meters away.

Patients who do not reside in Argentina can obtain information to travel at https://www.argentina.gob.ar/tema/extranjeros/turistas

All the necessary documentation will be previously sent by email and must be completed before coming to the consultation.

In the office, patients should:

  • Respect the minimum distance of one meter with all staff
  • Preferably come alone or with a single companion if necessary. The companion will not be able to enter the consultation area and will preferably stay in the waiting area or outside the office.
  • Do not bring children to the consultation to avoid unnecessary exposures.
  • Upon entering the office you should immediately clean your hands with gel alcohol, and disinfect your purse with a disinfecting cloth.
  • Put all your objects in your purse and disinfect it with a disinfecting cloth and dispose of it into the bag of the designated bin.
  • Do not have loose things on hand, nor put them anywhere.
  • Complimentary drinks like water or coffee are suspended during the pandemic.
  • Do not bring drinks or food to the office.
  • Use chinstrap covering the nose and mouth.
  • Wash your hands and face with soap and water and swish with sanitizing mouthwash before entering to Dr. Bukret’s office.

Respect the same hygiene instructions to go to the office.

4. Before-surgery indications

The usual presurgical indications are:

  • The night before surgery at midnight take the antibiotic infection prevention and/or anti-anxiety medication according to Dr. Bukret’s prescription.
  • Strict fasting of solids and liquids of 8:00 before the surgery.
  • Go to the clinic half an hour before surgery.
  • It is not necessary to go with a companion.
  • Wear comfortable or sports clothing. Shoes without heels.
  • Bring all the preoperative tests.
  • Bring an ID or passport. Do not wear valuable jewelry.
  • Do not put on makeup if you will undergo facial surgery.
  • Do not paint your nails.

5. The day of your plastic surgery

At the clinic, you have to go to the admission area, indicating your name and mentioning your surgery with Dr. Bukret

You will have the opportunity to speak to the anesthesiologist before surgery who will have already reviewed your history and presurgical medical exams.

Marking and photographs will be made in the surgical area before surgery in cases where a personal presurgical consultation was not made.

6. After your plastic surgery

After the surgery, you will be prepared so that you can perform self-care at home without the need to move.

The first postoperative control is performed 48 or 72 hours after surgery. This consultation is normally done in the office, however, the need to go to the office will depend on your evolution.

The monitoring will be done daily through WhatsApp and Zoom. In this way, Dr. Bukret will answer all your questions or concerns regarding postoperative care measures.

The general recommendations are:

  • Strictly follow Dr. Bukret’s indications.
  • Take pain killers and antibiotics as prescribed.
  • Rest and dedicate as much time as possible to self-care.
  • During the 1st postoperative week, avoid contact with people to reduce the possibility of contagion with coronavirus.
  • Immediately report any symptoms such as fever, cough with expectoration, headache, sore throat, shortness of breath, vomits, diarrhea, or joint pain in the limbs.

More information and resources at:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

https://www.plasticsurgery.org/for-medical-professionals/covid19-member-resources

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Wax, R.S., Christian, M.D. Practical recommendations for critical care and anesthesiology teams caring for novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) patients. Can J Anesth/J Can Anesth 67, 568–576 (2020). https://doi.org/10.1007/s12630-020-01591-x

https://www.apsf.org/news-updates/perioperative-considerations-for-the-2019-novel-coronavirus-covid-19/

http://aac.org.ar/newsletter/2020/comunicado_23-3.htm

https://www.buenosaires.gob.ar/coronavirus

https://www.argentina.gob.ar/coronavirus/informe-diario

https://www.argentina.gob.ar/coronavirus/equipos-salud