What AesCertMeans to You
As parts of the country begin to modify stay-at-home orders, allowing certain businesses to resume operations, aesthetic medical practices are gradually starting a phased reopening process to satisfy pent-up patient demand for aesthetic procedures. As this occurs, both patients and physicians want to make certain that the safety of all involved is always the highest priority. To this end, the Project AesCert Guidance was developed by a multi-disciplinary panel of nationally recognized, board-certified physician and doctoral experts in the fields of Infectious Disease, Immunology, Public Health Policy, Dermatology, Plastic Surgery, and Facial Plastic Surgery, in order to provide aesthetic physicians with practical strategies to help safeguard the health and welfare of patients, providers, and the community at large.
While aesthetic procedures inherently create some risk exposure at all times, and no set of rules can ever preclude the risk of disease transmission in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic, offices that practice the principles of the AesCert Guidance demonstrate their commitment to doing everything reasonably possible to embed and elevate safety considerations into all aspects of the patient care experience – from the first call to make an appointment, to pre-screening, office check-in, the delivery of treatment, check-out, and post-care follow-up. Aesthetic patients can have confidence that a medical practice that faithfully incorporates AesCert Guidance principles is a practice that is serious and cautious about risk mitigation procedures, investing in necessary protective equipment and training, and generally reorienting its business to provide the safest environment possible in this extraordinary time of crisis. When you see the AesCert logo, consider that it is intended to be utilized by medical practices together with the totality of the principles and considerations throughout the AesCert Guidance.
The Project AesCert GuidanceWhat to Expect
If your aesthetic practitioner is practicing AesCert Guidance principles, you can expect the following at your visit:
- You will be asked to attend your appointment alone.
- You may be asked to contact the office by phone or text upon arrival, and be escorted by staff from your car directly into a treatment room to avoid interactions in a waiting area.
- You will undergo a wellness check, which may include a temperature check and completion of a questionnaire confirming that you do not have symptoms of COVID-19.
- Your healthcare provider will be wearing more personal protective equipment than in previous visits.
- You will be asked to wear a face mask to your appointment and should plan to wear it for the duration of the appointment, except in certain moments where specific areas of the face are being treated.