While 7 face transplants have been performed around the world, to date, there remains debate regarding the validity of this procedure. We submit that performing a facial transplant—in the appropriately selected patient—is technically defensible and ethically sound. By outlining the technical and ethical boundaries of the debate, responding to the key arguments against the procedure, and describing its motivations and potential benefits, we state our justification of facial transplantation.
Alexander AJ, Alam DS, Gullane PJ, Lengelé BG, Adamson PA. Arguing the Ethics of Facial Transplantation. Arch Facial Plast Surg. 2010;12(1):60-63. doi:10.1001/archfacial.2009.106