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October 1998

Cosmetic Surgery for Aging Is Not Inherently Immoral

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Copyright 1998 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.1998

Arch Dermatol. 1998;134(10):1294. doi:

In a recent issue of the ARCHIVES, Ringel1 raised the issue of "the morality of cosmetic surgery for aging."

She disparages cosmetic surgery because it does not "make people well" but simply "makes them happy."1 What is wrong with that?