• “Operating is the Easy Part”: Surgeons' Decision-Making Processes and Responses to Parental Requests for Elective Paediatric Appearance-Altering Facial Surgery

    One year ago - By Journal of Plastic, Reconstructive & Aesthetic Surgery

    At least one in every 700 children worldwide is born with a defined facial difference, such as a cleft lip.1 Indications for operating on children with facial difference may be, as in cleft lip and palate, both functional and aesthetic. When surgical aims are functional, decisions about surgery are broadly non-controversial. When surgical aims are purely aesthetic, however, such as in otoplasty, surgical risks must be balanced against often poorly defined psychosocial benefits and the ethics of surgery are more open to question.
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