Even in quarantine, people still need to maintain their youthful appearance.
A Florida plastic surgeon is providing a convenient way for people to get their botox during the coronavirus pandemic.
When the state allowed partial relaxing of restrictions — which gave the green light to elective medical procedures — on May 4, Michael Salzhauer came up with the concept of offering drive-thru botox injections from the convenience of his Bal Harbour garage.
Nicknamed “Dr. Miami,” Salzhauer told Reuters he got the idea while sitting in his car as he waited for a blood test for COVID-19 antibodies. The plastic surgeon said the patients who need their botox fix wouldn’t need to remove their face masks as injections are made to the upper face.
The doctor is fully protected while conducting the injections, wearing a mask, surgical gown and face shield as patients pull up in their vehicles.
It’s not as simple as just showing up to Salzhauer’s garage, however. Patients have to sign up online and fork out $600 per session.
“It’s very creative, and after seeing how they’re running it I feel just as comfortable as I would in the office,” said 36-year-old patient Arman Ohevshalom, who waited in line to get botox injections from the drive-thru doctor.
The state of Florida has had more than 58,700 cases of COVID-19, of which 2,500 people died.
All non-essential medical procedures were halted in mid-March when the pandemic hit, but were allowed again in early May.
WFOR-TV reported hospitals were allowed to resume surgeries in south Florida. Doctors stated they were separating plastic surgery patients from those infected by COVID-19.
Dr. Randy Katz, medical director of emergency services at Memorial Regional Hospital in Hollywood, Fla., told WFOR-TV that the facility isn’t overwhelmed and that all patients that walk through its doors get tested.
“We keep patients separate and we keep people safe — our patients and healthcare providers,” said Katz.
The hospital’s chief of general surgery, Dr. Brett Cohen, said doctors have rearranged their schedules and have spaced out outpatient care so patients have individual appointments and won’t run into anyone else while visiting the facility.