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Dermatol Surg ; 47(7): 931-933, 2021 07 01.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1517923


BACKGROUND: The reallocation of health care resources to focus on the acute care needs of COVID-19 patients leads to a delay and deferral of outpatient surgical procedures such as Mohs surgery. OBJECTIVE: Planning for the resumption of regular outpatient surgical care and preparing for future surges in COVID-19 cases requires identifying surrogate markers of health care demand. MATERIALS AND METHODS: United States national and state-based Google search data for "Mohs surgery" and other common elective surgical and cosmetic procedures were evaluated. These were compared with national and state-wide COVID-19 case number and death data from the Johns Hopkins University. Pearson correlation coefficients were generated to assess the association between COVID-19 cases and deaths with Google search trends. RESULTS: Search volume for "Mohs surgery" and other elective surgical and cosmetic procedures significantly decreased as the number of new deaths from COVID-19 increased. Statistically significant inverse correlation was noted between "Mohs surgery" search volume and new COVID-19 deaths on a national and state-based level. CONCLUSION: Search metric analysis may be used as part of a big data model to help predict health care demand during the reopening phase of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Ambulatory Surgical Procedures/statistics & numerical data , Attitude to Health , COVID-19/epidemiology , Cosmetic Techniques/statistics & numerical data , Elective Surgical Procedures/statistics & numerical data , Mohs Surgery/statistics & numerical data , Humans , Pandemics , Pneumonia, Viral/epidemiology , SARS-CoV-2 , United States/epidemiology
J Cosmet Dermatol ; 19(11): 2974-2981, 2020 Nov.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1024197


BACKGROUND: Hair loss affects most people at some point in their lifetime, causing anxiety and decreased self-esteem. There are multiple surgical and nonsurgical treatments available, with the surgical options having greater and longer-lasting effects. Such treatments have evolved over time with advances in technology and research, with numerous patients researching these treatments on Google. Many surgeons who provide these treatments belong to the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgeons (ISHRS). AIMS: To investigate trends in surgical hair restoration treatment from both the surgeon and patient perspectives. METHODS: Patient epidemiological and surgical data from the ISHRS were combined with search trend data from Google to analyze changing trends in surgical hair restoration treatment. RESULTS: Worldwide Internet searches for "hair transplant" have increased from 2004 to the present. Follicular unit excision (FUE) has supplanted follicular unit transplant (FUT) as the most popular hair transplant performed. Since 2004, there has been an increase in both nonsurgical and surgical female patients. Beard and eyebrow transplants have increased in popularity. Google searches follow this trend. Nonsurgical treatments such as platelet-rich plasma (PRP) are being searched more frequently. Hair restoration clinics and Google searches were affected adversely by the COVID-19 pandemic. CONCLUSION: Technological advances in available therapies, improvement in delivery systems, changes in hair fashion, and global events have direct impact on hair restoration treatments offered by physicians and researched by patients. It is in the best interest of all hair restoration providers to keep abreast of changing technologies and treatment trends to stay at the forefront of their profession.

Alopecia/therapy , Betacoronavirus , Coronavirus Infections/epidemiology , Cosmetic Techniques/statistics & numerical data , Pneumonia, Viral/epidemiology , Practice Patterns, Physicians'/statistics & numerical data , COVID-19 , Humans , Pandemics , SARS-CoV-2 , Social Media , Surveys and Questionnaires
J Cosmet Dermatol ; 19(12): 3160-3165, 2020 Dec.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-894776


BACKGROUND: Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) disease has rapidly spread worldwide with a multitude effects on daily life. Since the transmission risk increases with close contact, some cosmetic procedures are considered high risk and majority of them had to be postponed or canceled in private dermatocosmetology clinics especially during the heavy period of the outbreak. AIMS: We aimed to document the medical and socioeconomic problems emerged in dermatocosmetology clinics in Turkey caused by COVID-19 pandemic and to discuss the management strategies taken by dermatologists. PATIENTS/METHODS: This survey research was conducted with 100 dermatologists who work in private dermatocosmetology clinics. The survey included 38 questions about office re-arrangements including patient admission and office environment, safety precautions taken for cosmetic procedures, management of clinic staff, and financial impact of the pandemic. RESULTS: A remarkable decrease in major cosmetic interest was reported in private clinics; meanwhile, there was an increase in applicants for noncosmetic dermatological complaints. The most avoided cosmetic procedures were application of skin care devices, lasers, chemical peeling, and thread lifting, while botulinum toxin injection was the most performed procedure. Nearly half of the participants had severe financial damage. Of the participants, 55% reported that they worked anxiously during this period and 60% believed that they managed the early period of the pandemic successfully. CONCLUSION: Private dermatocosmetology clinics have to work in a totally different period that they have never experienced before. The pandemic has had serious impacts on both medical and socioeconomic issues which had to be managed carefully.

Ambulatory Care Facilities/organization & administration , COVID-19/prevention & control , Cosmetic Techniques/economics , Dermatologic Surgical Procedures/economics , Infection Control/methods , Adult , Aged , Ambulatory Care Facilities/economics , Ambulatory Care Facilities/standards , COVID-19/epidemiology , COVID-19/transmission , COVID-19 Testing , Cosmetic Techniques/statistics & numerical data , Cross-Sectional Studies , Dermatologic Surgical Procedures/statistics & numerical data , Facilities and Services Utilization , Female , Health Care Surveys , Humans , Male , Middle Aged , Office Management , Pandemics/economics , SARS-CoV-2 , Socioeconomic Factors , Turkey/epidemiology