Drs. Ekstrom and Bunkis together at the Orange County Surgery Center

COVID-19 Update

What Will The Future Look Like?

Drs. Ekstrom and Bunkis together at the Orange County Surgery Center

Yes, Drs. Ekstrom and Bunkis are both in Orange County this week. We both participated in a facelift at the Orange County Surgery Center on Friday, but it was a different type of experience for both of us. Dr. Bunkis was the surgeon, Dr. Ekstrom was the patient! Dr. Bunkis has done thousands of facelifts but this type of experience is different, the adrenaline flows at a higher rate – similar to him operating on his Mom, other family members and very close friends over the years. Yes, might be stressful but definitely rewarding! We won’t keep you in suspense – everything went well.

Dr. Bunkis saw patients and we did a breast lift prior to Dr. Ekstrom’s surgery so the case was not over until later in the afternoon – thereafter, Dr. Bunkis took Dr. Ekstrom home and helped her begin her recovery. It is rare for Dr. Ekstrom to miss a meal but she did not feel like eating the evening after her surgery. She was not nauseated, just not hungry. She had some mild discomfort but not enough to want to ice. She did take a sleeping pill. In the middle of the night, she did have Dr. Bunkis remove her dressing because she felt it was too tight and uncomfortable. Dr. Ekstrom woke up before sunrise (was still on East coast time) and, by 6 am, after a hearty breakfast, we were both logged on to the New England Plastic Surgery Society annual meeting (virtual meeting). Side note, Dr. Ekstrom is a past President of this Society!

Dr. Ekstrom logged onto the New England Society meeting 20 hours after surgery!

Dr. Ekstrom logged onto the New England Society meeting 20 hours after surgery!

During a coffee break, we went for a long walk. By evening, the dressings and drains were removed. Dr. Bunkis removed a small cyst from Dr. Ekstrom’s right upper eyelid – and the eyelid was the only place she got a bruise! Dr. Ekstrom was truly a model patient. What will the future look like for Dr. Ekstrom? Dr. Bunkis feels that Dr. Ekstrom looked very youthful for her age prior to her procedure – but she can now look forward to looking 12 to 15 years younger than she did prior to her procedure!

And what will the future look like for all of us COVID wise? It is pretty clear that President Biden’s goal of immunizing 70% of Americans by July 4th has become a realistic goal. Teens are now being immunized and vaccine manufacturers are testing the vaccines on children from 2-11 years of age. Children are not just little adults and proper dosages for injecting the 2-11 age group have to be studied. Massachusetts has rolled back COVID restrictions and California is set to do so by June 15th. But that does not mean throwing away our masks and ignoring the COVID-19 virus. Danger of COVID-19 infection is not over! On the day that Dr. Ekstrom had her facelift, 234 new cases of COVID infection were reported in Los Angeles County and there were 14 COVID related deaths in LA. New business guidelines will allow fully vaccinated people to work together in a room without masks after June 15th – but if one unvaccinated person is in the room, ALL persons in the room must still wear a mask! And the new rules state that participants and employees at mass gatherings with over 10,000 people, both vaccinated and not vaccinated, must wear facial coverings. These rules are set to be rewritten again by July 31 – restrictions will hopefully be further relaxed as vaccination rates improve and the risk of contracting infection lessens. Yes, the future looks brighter for all of us! And yes, if you too want to look better, give one of us a call.

Appetite back - Dr. Ekstrom out for brunch two days after facelift.

Appetite back - Dr. Ekstrom out for brunch two days after facelift.

Stay healthy! Stay happy and persevere! Feed the Courage Wolf and starve the Fear Wolf!

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Be grateful for what you have now and for what is on the horizon - vaccines for everyone.

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