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The Ethical Dilemmas of Aesthetic Medicine: What Every Provider Should Consider

Spear, Marcia DNP, ACNP-BC, CPSN, CWS

Plastic Surgical Nursing:
doi: 10.1097/PSN.0b013e3181ee1789
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Abstract

The purpose of aesthetic medicine is embellishment and enhancement. As these procedures are elective in nature, media messages and misleading advertisements do influence those consumers seeking to improve or enhance their appearance. The role of provider demands that prudent guide these treatment options and not only succumb to patient demands. This article discusses the ethical principles of autonomy, beneficence, nonmaleficence, and justice, and presents a framework to guide practice to enhance resolution of ethical dilemmas confronting the provider of aesthetic medicine.

Author Information

Marcia Spear, DNP, ACNP-BC, CPSN, CWS, is a Nurse Practitioner and Certified Wound Specialist, Department of Plastic Surgery, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, Tennessee. She is also a Certified Plastic Surgical Nurse.

Address correspondence to: Marcia Spear, DNP, ACNP-BC, CPSN, CWS, Department of Plastic Surgery, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, D-4207 Medical Center North, Nashville, TN 37232 (e-mail: marcia.spear@vanderbilt.edu).

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