COVID-19 FAQs for Plastic Surgery Patients

When can I do an office visit after covid diagnosis (positive test)?

  • If hospitalized with Covid you must wait 30 days
  • If not hospitalized you must wait 14 days

When can I do an office visit after covid exposure?

  • After a negative test or 10 days.

Do I need to wear a mask to enter the office?

  • No as of 11/28/23, until further notice all visitors and employees are not required to wear a mask in our office

How long after Covid do I need to wait before undergoing general anesthesia?

  • You must wait a minimum of 8 weeks.

How long do I need to wait between having a covid booster and surgery?

  • You must wait at least 14 days between booster and surgery

How long do I need to wait between having a covid vaccine or booster and botox or filler treatment?

  • You must wait at least 14 days between vaccination or booster and botox/filler.

Are visitors allowed to accompany patients to office visits?

  • Yes, patients are allowed one visitor to join them for in-office scheduled consultations.

When can I return to work if I have had covid?

  • At least 10 days after symptom onset, 24 hours without fever and improved/reduced symptoms.

Office Visits:

All patients currently scheduled to come into our office for consultations are welcome to shift their visit type from in-person to telehealth video consultations. We will continue to monitor the Covid situation in our area and could change our consultation protocols as needed. Effective immediately, patients are allowed one additional visitor when they come to in-office scheduled consultations.

COVID-19 Vaccinations

Dr. Melissa A. Johnson receives COVID-19 vaccination #1.
Dr. Johnson receives initial dose of COVID-19 vaccine.

As a physician, Dr. Johnson feels this is a great way to prevent getting sick and recommends it to her patients. Both Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are highly effective.

All vaccines can have side effects. If you have allergies, talk with your physician before getting vaccinated.

Moderna’s COVID-19 Vaccine has had three reported cases of facial swelling in patient’s who have had an injectable filler. Two patients had filler to the cheeks and one patient to the lips. In all three cases, the localized swelling resolved after treatment with antihistamines or steroids.

Helping to keep you safe

image rendering of COVID-19 virion

For your safety, Pioneer Valley Plastic Surgery follows the guidelines from the Northeast Region COVID-19 Coalition and complies with Massachusetts’ safety standards.

Our office is open for our normal business hours (M-F 8:00-4:30, closed 12-1 daily) and we are screening all visiting patients and employees with temperature checks. We are enforcing social distancing guidelines in our operations. One patient at a time. No family members with a patient (one may accompany a minor). Other family members wait in car, outside the office. Limit all non-essential visitors. Telehealth online video consultations are also available.

And we have reassessed our cleaning protocols. In addition to our multiple routine cleanings, we have added a daily deep clean. We have a separate entrance and exit to allow a one-directional flow, and to limit person-to-person interaction. We have also eliminated magazines and communal coffee. All patients and employees must wear a mask in our office.

Stay safe.

Melissa Johnson, MD, FACS

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Pioneer Valley Plastic Surrgy is dedicated to maintaining the privacy of your individually identifiable health information (IIHI). In conducting our business, we will create records regarding you and the treatment and services we provide to you. We are required by law to maintain the confidentiality of health information that identifies you. We also are required by law to provide you with a notice of privacy practices that we maintain in our practice concerning your IIHI.