The digital doctor: telemedicine in facial plastic surgery

Megan V. Morisada, Travis T. Tollefson, David A. Shaye, Toby O. Steele

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PURPOSE OF REVIEW: In the setting of the COVID-19 global pandemic, the demand for and use of telemedicine has surged in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery. This review aims to objectively review and summarize the existing evidence for the use of telemedicine within facial plastic surgery. RECENT FINDINGS: Telemedicine has been successfully implemented among subsets of facial plastic surgery patients, with high patient and provider satisfaction. Although the technology to facilitate telemedicine exists and preliminary studies demonstrate promise, multiple technological, financial, and medical barriers may persist in the postpandemic era. SUMMARY: Telemedicine will likely continue to grow and expand within facial plastic surgery moving forward, and we should continue to critically evaluate patient selection, access to care, and strategies for effective implementation to enhance current clinical practices.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)271-276
Number of pages6
JournalCurrent opinion in otolaryngology & head and neck surgery
Issue number4
StatePublished - Aug 1 2021

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Otorhinolaryngology


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