The link takes you to a story in the G+M about the possibility of Canadian surgeons attempting a 'face-transplant' from a cadaver to a human.
Here's the scenario - someone horribly scared, but not in a life threatening situation, volunteers for the opportunity to be a guinea pig for the first succesful face transplant.
Among the risks;
"Complications could include infections that turn your new face black and require a second transplant or reconstruction with skin grafts. Drugs to prevent rejection will be needed lifelong, and they raise the risk of kidney damage and cancer."
I also assume that since this is major surgery, at some level, 'death' is also a possibility.
So here's the question, knowing ahead of time that the patient will survive without the surgery, how is it ethically feasible to proceed with it even if the psychological benefits of receiving a new healthy face are tremendous? Isn't the downside still way too great to ethically proceed with what amounts to ultra-radical plastic surgery?