The Financial Impacts of the COVID-19 Crisis on the Practices of Cosmetic/Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons

Alisa Arnautovic, Alireza Hamidian Jahromi, Petros Konofaos

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Abstract: The global pandemic of coronavirus 2019, or COVID-19, has undeniably impacted all facets of healthcare, affecting both its function and provision. Due to the cessation of all non-emergent surgical cases in the USA and worldwide, the professional lives and practices of many physicians have been negatively affected. However, among different physicians and specifically plastic surgeons, cosmetic/aesthetic plastic surgeons have been disproportionately affected by the COVID-19 pandemic as the majority of their cases are semi-elective and elective. The ability to perform semi-elective and elective cases is dependent on state and local authorities’ regulations, and it is currently uncertain when the ban, if ever, will be completely lifted. Financial constraints on patients and their future inability to pay for these procedures due to the COVID-19-related economic recession are things to consider. Overall, the goal of this unprecedented time for cosmetic/aesthetic plastic surgeons is for their medical practices to survive, to conserve cash flow although income is low to none, and to maintain their personal finances. In this paper, the authors review the financial impacts of the current COVID-19 pandemic on the practices of cosmetic plastic surgeons in the USA and worldwide, along with some potential approaches to maintain their practices and financial livelihoods. Level of Evidence V: This journal requires that authors assign a level of evidence to each article. For a full description of these Evidence-Based Medicine ratings, please refer to the Table of Contents or the online Instructions to Authors

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2330-2334
Number of pages5
JournalAesthetic Plastic Surgery
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 2020
Externally publishedYes


  • COVID-19
  • Coronavirus
  • Cosmetic plastic surgeon
  • Financial impact
  • Impact
  • Plastic surgery

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery


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