The COVID-19 Pandemic Changed the Prevalence of Plastic Surgery in Israel

Ariel Tessone*, Moti Harats

*Corresponding author for this work

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Background: In late 2019, a new strain of coronavirus (corona-virus disease 2019 [COVID-19]) spread rapidly throughout the world. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons reported a pandemic-related surge in the demand for aesthetic surgery compared to the same popularity of procedures prior to the pandemic. Objectives: To determine whether this phenomenon also occurred in Israel. Methods: We collected data from three leading private medical centers in Tel Aviv. Data were compared for the years 2019 and 2020 by surgical procedure. Number of orthopedic, gynecologic, and hand procedures served as control data. Results: We present a detailed pandemic-related timeline relevant to aesthetic surgery in Israel. Overall, the demand for aesthetic surgery increased, with a marked trend toward body contouring procedures. Conclusions: The Israeli aesthetic surgery market was affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, with a post-closure surge. The popularity and number of procedures are unique to the Israeli market.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)182-186
Number of pages5
JournalIsrael Medical Association Journal
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 2023
Externally publishedYes


  • Aesthetic surgery
  • coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)
  • pandemic


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