Essay on The Legal And Ethical Aspects Of Plastic Surgery

1271 Words Sep 3rd, 2015 6 Pages
Ethics and Law effects each and every person on a daily basis. However as a healthcare worker you are expected to withhold a standard that is above others based on your scope of practice. Plastic Surgery has been a controversy for years now but not all plastic surgery is for just the cosmetic reasons. Reconstructive surgery can make a difference in someone’s life and change their outlook and prognosis all together.
The Legal and Ethical Aspects of Plastic Surgery
When you hear the word Plastic Surgery, many thoughts and emotions go through your mind. There are some people who are so opposed to it because they don’t have all the facts as to what it is. According to Fuller, plastic surgery has two branches, cosmetic surgery and reconstructive plastic surgery. Cosmetic surgery main goal is to improve the anesthetic appearance of a person and reconstruction surgery is to help improve the function and try to ensure normal appearance. However normal appearance is not always applicable. In the US we don’t separate the difference in reconstructive and cosmetic which causes controversy. (Fuller, 2013)
As a plastic surgeon there is a code of ethics which you must adhere to. There are General principles which applies to the medical knowledge required to become a plastic surgeon and outline for the surgeon what options they have as to who to serve, and there are Specific Principles which apply to the type of behavior and demeanor required to be a plastic surgeon. The code of…

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