Adapting to a “New Normal” in a Post-COVID-19 World

What a difference a month can make. In early March, we were all hard at work with business as usual, and some folks were calling COVID-19 a “hoax.” In early April, New York and communities around the country, including our neighbors to the west in Albany, saw all too well the devastation that this novel coronavirus can bring to families and neighbors. Work, school, worship, and family life —many of the constants in our lives — have been upended, disrupted, and changed, but we have all managed to create new ways to live, love, laugh, and survive.

I was once told that nothing that is worth having is easy — that significant personal or professional growth can only happen when one leaves the familiar and ventures into the unknown. I don’t know about you guys, but we all seem to have been dragged out of our comfort zones, kicking and screaming. Our goal has been to stay one step ahead of the unfamiliar in order to continue to provide the excellent dermatologic care that you have come to know and expect from us.

Even in the face of a global pandemic, Thacker Dermatology is open and here for you. We have adapted our services to continue to care for you and your family, all while doing our part to flatten the curve and keep our patients and employees safe. We now offer TeleDermatology appointments for rashes, acne, rosacea, psoriasis, spot checks, and more. You can see the same staff that you know and trust from the safety, comfort, and convenience of your home or office. If further treatment is needed, we can discuss the risks and benefits of in-person appointments. TeleDermatology is covered by most insurance companies. Many, including Medicare and Tricare among others, are even waiving co-pays. Talk about a silver lining!

We are also offering virtual aesthetic consultations with me for future laser or injectable treatments. During this break, while we are all having to live without our Dysport, filler, lasers, microneedling, peels, or Profound, I am doubling down on my sun protection and skin care. Our aestheticians Holly D., Callie, and Rhonda can design a customized medical-grade skin care plan that will help you break out of your dull routine and get you ready for postCOVID interactions. We have a wide array of products from which to choose, and we are experts at matching the right skin care regimen for whatever your skin goals are. Let us take the guesswork out of the sea of available products and help you get some good self care with skin care. We offer curbside pickup, or we will package and ship them to your doorstep (FREE with a $75 or more purchase).

Change, while uncomfortable, can be good, and we can emerge from this stronger as individuals, families, communities, and as a country. Whatever the future holds, whatever “normal” is, Thacker Dermatology will be here to meet all your skin, hair, nail, and aesthetic needs. From rashes to acne and aesthetics to Mohs surgery for skin cancers, we are committed to bringing you the best that dermatology has to offer.

Call us at 229-469-4383 to schedule your TeleDermatology appointment today and follow us on Facebook (Thacker Dermatology) and Instagram (@thackerderm) for our latest informational videos and our money-saving specials and events.

Keep those hands clean and off your face! We look forward to seeing you all, whether in person or virtually, soon. Stay safe and stay strong!

Written by: Betsy Perry Backe, MD, FAAD

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