This article addresses some critical aspects of the relationship between aesthetic medicine (AM) and ethics and proposes a possible deontological ethical line to pursue based on current practices. The role of AM has always been controversial and suffers from unclear practical and moral boundaries, even within academic settings, since it aims to improve the appearance of individuals, not to cure a disease. Today, it is essential and pertinent to discuss these issues, as AM specialists are dealing with a growing and increasingly demanding patient population that has undergone profound evolution in recent years. Current challenges within the field of AM include a lack of global uniformity concerning the education of AM specialists, an increasing number of physicians practicing AM with diverse training backgrounds, the spread of AM being practiced outside of medical practice or hospital settings, and the influence of social media where the success is modelled and dictated by the identification of a youthful appearance). By the field of action enriched by technologies that aim not only at enhancement per se but also at the preservation and regeneration of tissues, it is necessary to establish an active multidisciplinary discussion on the definition of shared ethical limits. This discussion would allow AM to fully reclaim its identity as a specialty that aims to improve patient well-being whilst maintaining respect for patient aesthetic harmony, the expertise of specialists who practice AM, the essential role of safety, and awareness of the importance of a confidential doctor-patient relationship.

Da Prato, E., Cartier, H., Margara, A., Molina, B., Tateo, A., Grimolizzi, F., Spagnolo, A. G., The ethical foundations of patient-centered care in aesthetic medicine, <<PHILOSOPHY, ETHICS, AND HUMANITIES IN MEDICINE>>, 2024; 19 (1): N/A-N/A. [doi:10.1186/s13010-024-00151-1] [https://hdl.handle.net/10807/272734]

The ethical foundations of patient-centered care in aesthetic medicine

Spagnolo, Antonio Gioacchino
2024

Abstract

This article addresses some critical aspects of the relationship between aesthetic medicine (AM) and ethics and proposes a possible deontological ethical line to pursue based on current practices. The role of AM has always been controversial and suffers from unclear practical and moral boundaries, even within academic settings, since it aims to improve the appearance of individuals, not to cure a disease. Today, it is essential and pertinent to discuss these issues, as AM specialists are dealing with a growing and increasingly demanding patient population that has undergone profound evolution in recent years. Current challenges within the field of AM include a lack of global uniformity concerning the education of AM specialists, an increasing number of physicians practicing AM with diverse training backgrounds, the spread of AM being practiced outside of medical practice or hospital settings, and the influence of social media where the success is modelled and dictated by the identification of a youthful appearance). By the field of action enriched by technologies that aim not only at enhancement per se but also at the preservation and regeneration of tissues, it is necessary to establish an active multidisciplinary discussion on the definition of shared ethical limits. This discussion would allow AM to fully reclaim its identity as a specialty that aims to improve patient well-being whilst maintaining respect for patient aesthetic harmony, the expertise of specialists who practice AM, the essential role of safety, and awareness of the importance of a confidential doctor-patient relationship.
2024
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Da Prato, E., Cartier, H., Margara, A., Molina, B., Tateo, A., Grimolizzi, F., Spagnolo, A. G., The ethical foundations of patient-centered care in aesthetic medicine, <<PHILOSOPHY, ETHICS, AND HUMANITIES IN MEDICINE>>, 2024; 19 (1): N/A-N/A. [doi:10.1186/s13010-024-00151-1] [https://hdl.handle.net/10807/272734]
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