BODY SCULPTURE by Simona Morini


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Mirror, mirror on the wall. . . . Well of all the gall! Look again, sweetheart. Maybe that nose is a bit shovel-tipped or hawked? Ears slightly hinged or pendulous? Jawline frail or jutting? Most of us are content to live with the physiognomy nature saddled us with, but some experience psychological pain as a result of defects or the handiwork of time and others suffer from accidental disfigurements or disease. Simona Morini, a Vogue editor, is up to her. . . lovely eyebrows in reconstructive and cosmetic surgery and here she reports -- as she has for the magazine -- on what's new and happening in the field via interviews with doctors and case histories featuring the botched nose-job of Linda G., Beth C.'s ""happy ending"" oral surgery, the reconstructed breast of Danielle B., and Nagarajan's augmentation mammaplasty (balloon implant -- avoid silicone injections for this operation is the word here). Ms. Morini describes how it's done and what to expect in plastic language any Vogue reader can comprehend with just enough technical name-dropping to let you know she's on top of it, be it a rhytidectomy or a blepharoplasty. And there are pitter-patters of trendy talk designed to encourage a new you if you've got ""riding breeches"" (trochanteric lipodystrophy, sweetheart) or wrinkles around the eyes or nothing more than a flat chest -- ""The modern bosom is free, athletic, exposed to sun and air; it is coming out from secluded beaches onto crowded ones."" That's the essential message -- shape up with surgical sculpture or ship out.

Pub Date: June 7th, 1972
Publisher: Delacorte