Ethics in Plastic Surgery Academic Article uri icon

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  • The topic of ethics in plastic surgery remains underrepresented in the literature. By applying the four principles of biomedical ethics-respect for autonomy, beneficence, nonmaleficence, and justice-as described by Beauchamp and Childress to proposed ethical scenarios, this article attempts to provide plastic surgeons with a systematic approach to recognize and address ethical dilemmas as they present in day-to-day practice. Through the perspective of an experienced plastic surgeon and medical ethicist, this article is intended to spark discussion, reflection, and debate on ethical challenges in plastic surgery.


  • Gallo, Lucas
  • Baxter, Charmaine
  • Murphy, Jessica
  • Schwartz, Lisa
  • Thoma, Achilleas

publication date

  • September 2018