Ethical Considerations in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

Plastic and reconstructive surgeons care for a variety of patients, including those with recent trauma, chronic wounds, and craniofacial anomalies. Ethical questions in plastic and reconstructive surgery routinely involve informed consent, risk disclosure, and the roles of values such as cosmesis and functioning in clinical decision making. The April 2018 issue of the AMA Journal of Ethics also considers plastic and reconstructive surgeons’ potential conflicts of interests in commercial self-promotion and advertising, the roles of some in endorsing aesthetic norms that can be harmful to patients, and standards according to which plastic and reconstructive surgeons should be trained. 

Volume 20, Number 4: 307-417 Full Issue PDF