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ASDSA / ASLMS Joint Guidance For Cosmetic Dermatology Practices During COVID-19 

Evidence-based recommendations to reduce transmission risk

The ASDSA and ASLMS partnered to produce an evidence-based document to help guide practice protocols for reopening. A task force, led by Murad Alam, MD, MBA and David Ozog, MD, worked to get the best answers based on evidence, by looking at the science behind the recommendations for cosmetic practices.

Dr. Ozog and his group went to the literature, to elicit high level studies. The task force used the GRADE system, currently used for most guidelines, to assess the quality of the evidence by its level and consistency. This was the basis for the strength of their recommendations for mask use for patients, physicians and staff; handwashing protocol; size of procedure room; air suction/HEPA filter use during procedures; germicidal ultraviolet (GUV) use; forced air-cooling during laser procedures; and additional considerations with lower levels of evidence. Almost 70 studies are referenced in the paper. 

The changing landscape will be evaluated regularly, and the task force will update the guidance as needed to ensure dermatologists can continue to provide premium care in the safest environment possible.

Task force members and authors of the guidance include:

  • Shanthi Narla, MD 
  • Murad Alam, MD, MBA 
  • David M. Ozog, MD
  • Vince Bertucci, MD
  • Henry Hin Lee Chan, MD, PhD, MRCP  
  • Mitchel Goldman, MD
  • Edward Ross, MD 
  • David Sliney, PhD 
  • Marc D. Brown, MD 
  • Thomas E. Rohrer, MD 



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