Michael Salzhauer, otherwise known as “Dr Miami,” has been running a clinic for injections in the garage of his Florida home.
The plastic surgeon told Reuters he came up with the idea when he was sitting in his car at a drive-through site to get tested for coronavirus antibodies.
Salzhauser said while waiting for a patient: “The areas that we inject Botox are the upper face, exactly the parts of the face that aren’t covered by the mask so it’s really ideal.”
Per Reuters, patients who want drive-through Botox sign up for Salzhauser’s services online — paying an average of $600.
A client of Dr. Miami’s, Arman Ohevshalom said the idea was “very creative.”
“After seeing how they’re running it I feel just as comfortable as I would in the office,” he added.
As of Thursday, Florida had more than 58,700 coronavirus cases and at least 2,500 deaths.
Gov Ron DeSantis ordered all “non-essential elective medical procedures” to be stopped as of March 18 because of the pandemic.
But in early May, Florida eased up slightly on coronavirus restrictions.
Cosmetic and elective medical procedures, like Botox injections, were allowed to begin again.
Hospitals were allowed to resume surgeries and doctors in South Florida said they were separating plastic surgery patients from COVID-infected ones.
“We are not overwhelmed. We screen every patient that walks through the door and we test every patient that goes upstairs,” Dr Randy Katz, medical director of emergency services at Memorial Regional Hospital in Hollywood told WFOR-TV.
“We keep patients separate and we keep people safe — our patients and healthcare providers.”
The chief of general surgery, Dr. Brett Cohen, added: “We have rearranged our schedules. We have spaced outpatient care so that they have an individual appointment and won’t run in to anybody else.”
“The patient waiting rooms have been changed, so chairs are spaced out.”
As noted by Reuters, tattoo artists in the Sunshine State — of which there are around 10,000 — remain frustrated that they can’t open up, too.
A Miami-Dade spokesperson said local officials haven’t set a date for tattoo shops to reopen, but said they’re working on it.