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Consensus Guidelines on Opening Up of Aesthetic Practices in India During the COVID-19 Era

Authors Sethi N, Singh S, Kaur J, Raghukumar S, Ramchandani C, Dharmana S, Balani K, Jain H, Khoja M, Singhal S

Received 25 June 2020

Accepted for publication 12 August 2020

Published 9 September 2020 Volume 2020:13 Pages 661—669


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Review by Single anonymous peer review

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Editor who approved publication: Dr Jeffrey Weinberg

Nitin Sethi,1 Sukhbir Singh,2 Jasleen Kaur,3 Sonia Raghukumar,4 Chetna Ramchandani,5 Shuba Dharmana,6 Karishma Balani,7 Hema Jain,8 Meenaz Khoja,9 Seema Singhal10

1Plastic & Cosmetic Surgery, Fortis Hospital, Ludhiana, Punjab 141001, India; 2Resplendent the Cosmetic Studio, New Delhi 110048, India; 3Department of Dermatology, SGRDIMS & R, Amritsar, India; 4Hair Fair Skin Clinic, Kochi, India; 5VLCC Clinics, Mumbai, India; 6LeJeune Group of Medspas, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, India; 7SYNOVACARE Clinics, Mumbai, India; 8Health and Harmony Clinic, Pune, India; 9Dermadent Skin and Dental Clinic, Pune, India; 10SPS Hospital, Ludhiana, India

Correspondence: Nitin Sethi
Plastic & Cosmetic Surgery, Fortis Hospital, Ludhiana, Punjab 141001, India

Introduction: The COVID-19 is a pandemic which has affected most people directly or indirectly. It being a communicable disease, the best way to control the disease is to prevent its spread. Lockdown in India has resulted in aesthetic practices all over the country being shut down indefinitely. As things return to normal, most aesthetic practitioners are looking forward to opening practices. Hence, there was a definite need for a consensus on how to safely open up practices in India and at the same time reassure patients coming into these clinics that their safety is paramount.
Methods: This consensus guidelines use the PICO model in its structure. Five critical areas for opening up clinical establishments were identified and approached independently. A questionnaire was prepared using the modified Likert scale, and all the stakeholders were asked to answer the same. Any differences were then resolved with discussion among the stakeholders. The entire study was divided into five subgroups which were then analyzed in detail.
Results: Key recommendations and consensus guidelines were made after detailed analysis. Handy flow diagram reviews of these key areas have been provided. A thorough review of literature was also done on each of the critical areas and recommendations incorporated wherever feasible.
Conclusion: These recommendations have considered the difficulties and cultural issues faced by aesthetic practices in India. They are user friendly, easy to understand and implement. These guidelines would help in reassuring practices to open up safely and continue serving patients with utmost care.
Level of Evidence: Level V, Consensus guidelines.

Keywords: consensus, India, COVID-19, aesthetic clinics

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