BEAUTY BY DESIGN: A Complete Look at Cosmetic Surgery by

BEAUTY BY DESIGN: A Complete Look at Cosmetic Surgery

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A really Complete Look at Cosmetic Surgery would show the botches as well as the improvements. This text, written by two surgeons, doesn't go quite that far, but it frequently does indicate risks, normal discomforts, and possible complications. The authors warn about unrealistic expectations--face lifts turn the clocks back ten years, no more--and mention which procedures (silicone injections) have been discredited. They also show before-and-after photographs of such relatively common procedures as nose bobs, skin peeling, ear pinning (which they claim is safe for five-year-olds), face and chin refinements, and breast augmentation, reduction, and reconstruction. All of the cases, except baldness, feature women and most show modest rather than dramatic improvements. Written with less hype than most and much essential information.

Pub Date: March 25th, 1979
Publisher: McGraw-Hill