COVID-19 Updates from the President

Dear Colleagues,

Less than a week ago, The Aesthetic Society issued a recommendation that all direct patient contact and non-urgent procedures be curtailed as much as possible. The situation in the United States and around the world has only worsened. The entire state of California is under Stay at Home orders and similar restrictions were announced in New York today. In several urban areas, the Intensive Care Units are full of COVID-19 patients. Hospital space and off-site buildings are being urgently converted into ventilator units. There is a critical shortage of PPE and our colleagues on the front lines are intubating patients without appropriate masks or eye shields. All estimates by public health authorities indicate that we have several more weeks before the peak of the crisis is reached.

It is the official position of The Aesthetic Society that all non-urgent care, whether surgical or non-surgical (in-office or hospital-based), be ceased immediately.  We will continue to monitor the situation on a daily basis and will provide regular updates.

The Aesthetic Society urges everyone to consider donations of their time, supplies, PPE and equipment to local hospitals; in many areas, the shortages have reached crisis proportions.  

We are all in this together. Let’s get through it together.


Charles H. Thorne, MD
President, The Aesthetic Society

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