New COVID-19 guidance released for aesthetic practitioners in the US

27 May 2020

New guidance has been published in the US to prepare aesthetic medical practitioners and their staff to safely return to work.

The Project AesCert Guidance was organsied and supported by the SkinBetter Science Institute. It combines learnings from frontline hospitals, academic research institutions studying the underlying SARS-CoV-2 virus on a global basis, and representatives of the facial plastic surgery, dermatology and plastic surgery specialties.

It was published in Facial Plastic Surgery & Aesthetic Medicine, the official peer-reviewed medical journal of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS).

Dr Mary Lynn Moran, AAFPRS president and a member of the Project AesCert Guidance editorial board, said, “The AAFPRS is endorsing the Project AesCert Guidance as being a set of practical and sensible protocols for physicians to consider implementing in an effort to attempt to minimise COVID-19 transmission during non-surgical aesthetic procedures. Application of such guidance should be exercised in light of federal, state and local directives related to COVID-19 conditions where the practice is located, in conjunction with prudent and ethical medical judgement regarding the unique nature of each patient's clinical, social and environmental conditions, within the distinct circumstances of each practice setting."

Jonah Shacknai, executive chairman of the Skinbetter Science Institute, said, "We are grateful that the Project AesCert Guidance was published in Facial Plastic Surgery & Aesthetic Medicine, and that Dr Moran was able to represent the specialty of Facial Plastic Surgery in creating this guidance. While many organisations have posted thoughtful recommendations about how aesthetic practices and their patients may begin to resume activity, we felt the expertise of national experts in SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19, combined with leading authorities in aesthetic medicine, across multiple specialties would create a unique and authoritative resource. We wanted to ensure that there was specific guidance by treatment type, applicable across aesthetic medicine specialties, to help practices across the country implement safety procedures."

To view the guidance, click here.

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