From a popular, respected source, the guide to the benefits, pitfalls, and possibilities of cosmetic surgery. Morgan (The Making of a Woman Surgeon, Solo Practice: A Woman Surgeon's Story) is her usual forthright self: ""Cosmetic"" does not equal ""unnecessary""--""cosmetic surgery is like much of modern surgery: cataract surgery, hip replacement surgery, bunion surgery as well as face-life surgery are all life-improving, not life-saving operations."" However, it does offer an unusual potential for abuse, by physicians as well as patients, so Morgan takes on the business issues first. She starts with ""Why Am I Doing This,"" by which potential patients can examine their motives; then offers guidance on choosing a cosmetic surgeon (""Who Needs This Operation: Me? or My Surgeon""--Morgan has no problem fingering the unethical members of her profession); extensive and specific guidelines for preparing for surgery; and other related concerns. There are plenty of ease stories from Morgan's own practice for illustration. In Part II of this comprehensive work, Morgan explains in detail the common cosmetic procedures grouped under ""Procedures for the Face and Head,"" ""Procedures for the Breasts,"" and ""Procedures for the Body and Legs."" For each, she explains the technical name, what the operation will and won't do, how long the result lasts, at what age the procedure is best done, whether it is an in- or out-patient procedure, the risk factors, what anesthesia is used, the actual operative process, what recovery involves and how to speed it, her own assessment of the benefits (""this is a good operation for men and women whose brows have sunk down over their eyes. . .""), and some comments by patients, satisfied and otherwise. In all, an exhaustive, meticulous, and honest consideration of and guide to these procedures from a familiar voice.