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October 1998

Integrity in Justifying Surgery for Aging

Arch Dermatol. 1998;134(10):1295. doi:

I commend the ARCHIVES for publishing the provocative essay on the morality of cosmetic surgery for aging.1 Ringel posed some challenging questions; fortunately, the postal service delivered the answers in 2 widely-distributed throwaways. What shall we do about cosmetic surgery? Add more emphasis to it, suggests Krull2 in his 1998 Livingood Lecture. Why should we do this? To make money, Werschler3 tells us in an article on "strategic business planning for dermatology." Those who think otherwise have "not kept pace with the evolution of public attitudes and goals."3