Fabrizio Melfa, Bruno Bovani, Pierfrancesco Cirillo, Matteo Tretti Clementoni, Alessandro Gennai
As a consequence of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) emergency, Italian physicians working in the field of aesthetic medicine and surgery considered appropriate to stop their activity in order to preserve patients’ safety. This drastic measure obviously had an important impact on the medical aesthetic market causing growing concerns. To catch the current attitudes of the Italian consumers toward the aesthetic medicine and surgery, a medical advisory board devised an online survey; 216 clinicians finally participated in this survey and sent the online link through e-mail. A total of 8080/8640 (93.5%) questionnaires were returned, while 70 were removed. Approximately 49.0% (n = 3944) did not feel influenced in their desire for aesthetic treatments in spite of the pandemic emergency. Being influenced was not correlated with the uneven situation experienced on the Italian territory (r = −0.30, P = 0.196); 45.4% (n = 3636) declared to be ready for rescheduling their visit, and 60.5% (n = 4844) declared that they want to allocate the same amount of resources as before. The most missed aesthetic treatment was the face (71.1% [n = 5696]). Approximately 47.0% (n = 3759) and 46.0% (n = 3679) will come back to their physician without any request or with the need for an explanation about the security protocols, respectively. Approximately 40% (n = 3314) declared that their physical appearance affects their mood fairly, 27.0% (n = 2168) strongly or very strongly, and 71.3% (n = 5708) declared physical and/or psychological decline. Looked at together, the results give us some optimistic predictions, and, therefore, the authors are confident that their patients will come back to their clinics without any particular issues. However, ensuring patient safety must be our paramount task.
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