Plastic Surgeon Brian Newman asks whether aesthetic procedures should go ahead while there is no coronavirus vaccine.

These are unprecedented times for everyone around the world. Covid-19 is highly contagious ,and has no cure and no vaccine yet. Its transmission by droplet spread and surface contamination poses serious issues for practices .

Since much aesthetic work is close contact one has to ask when will it be ethically safe to start work again? It's possible for the practitioner to pass infection to a patient and vice versa. Strict protective clothing is necessary. 

Testing for people who are positive is good but it's the people in the community that have no symptoms, that pose a major risk for infection. The dilemma is, should aesthetic procedures, which are not "essential" be done whilst we dont have a vaccine? My humble opinion is they should stay closed.

Brian Newman MD, FRCS Consultant Surgeon