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January 2004

Informed Consent in Facial Plastic Surgery

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Copyright 2004 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.2004

Arch Facial Plast Surg. 2004;6(1):62. doi:10.1001/archfaci.6.1.62

IN THIS issue of the ARCHIVES, 2 articles discuss elements of informed consent in facial plastic surgery. Levine et al1 report some disparities in getting informed consent from patients about to undergo a rhytidectomy. They highlight the fact that consent forms vary, some complications are inconsistently mentioned or omitted, and surgeons use supplemental educational materials to a varying degree. Makdessian et al2 have shown that written educational materials improve patient retention compared with oral informed consent alone. The process of obtaining informed consent is an important part of any facial plastic surgeon's risk management plan and should include a discussion of the benefits, risks, and alternatives to treatment as well as documentation of the process.