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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