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Everything You Wanted to Know About Cosmetic Surgery but Couldn't Afford to Ask

Gaynor, Alan

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ISBN 10: 0767901711 / ISBN 13: 9780767901710
Published by Broadway
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0767901711 1998 first edition Broadway Books hardcover with very good dustjacket; ex-library; no marks in text. Bookseller Inventory # 15160

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Title: Everything You Wanted to Know About Cosmetic...

Publisher: Broadway

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Edition: 1st Edition

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Cosmetic surgery is now an $80 billion industry, thanks to aging Baby Boomers and new medical advances. With less time in the operating room, less scarring, less risk, and less cost, cosmetic surgery is clearly not just for the rich and famous anymore. Alan Gaynor has led the way in cosmetic surgery, perfecting new "bloodless" laser techniques and refining liposculpture methods. On the highest rated "Geraldo" episode ever, Gaynor removed Rivera's forehead lines, bringing cosmetic surgery out in the open once and for all.

Now Gaynor offers the most comprehensive book ever written on the subject, with advice about risks and side effects; recovery time; finding the perfect doctor; the psychology of decision making; international advances; home treatments, including vitamins and Retin-A; and the concept of beauty in general. Gaynor also includes step-by-step descriptions of common procedures, tips on preparing for your day of surgery, a dictionary of medical terms, and dramatic before-and-after photographs with patient stories. In three additional chapters, a trio of the world's top surgeons--all Gaynor's mentors--share the latest information on their specialized fields: Dr. Luiz Toledo, Dr. Ivo Pitungay, and Dr. Jacques Ohana.

As one of the foremost authorities on cosmetic surgery, Gaynor has garnered a coast-to-coast following. Now anyone even thinking of committing to a nip or a tuck can pore over his widely sought-after advice.


Whether we like to admit it or not, humans are physiocentric creatures. We judge people on the basis of how they look; we get passed over for jobs or promotions if we don't project the proper glow of youth and vitality. Gaynor, a dermatologist and cosmetic surgeon, sees himself as the equalizer. He's been where his patients are. He's walked into parent-teacher conferences with his son and been introduced as the boy's grandfather. And, with new surgical techniques that most of us haven't yet heard of, he can level the playing field: filling in wrinkles, unbagging eyes, shoring up sagging chins, creating an athletic-looking six-pack where once there was only a beer belly.

The real message of the book, surprisingly, is that you don't have to spend a fortune to get equalized. He notes that these new wrinkle-filling and fat-suctioning procedures are cheaper, less invasive, and more subtle than ever. In fact, it's entirely possible to enjoy the results of these operations without your friends and colleagues knowing that you've had them done.

Everything You Wanted to Know About Cosmetic Surgery lives up to its title from first page to last; there's even solid information about how to take care of yourself so well that you won't need snips and tucks. (Gaynor points out that cheap moisturizers like Vaseline Intensive Care protect your skin as well as the most expensive lotions and creams advertised in Vogue and Allure.) Along with describing procedures--the latest advances, how much you should expect to pay, what results to expect, the complications that can arise--he gives detailed information on how to choose a doctor for that operation. And, like any good surgeon, he notes that sometimes what a patient needs isn't a lift or peel, but a good old-fashioned head shrinking. "Cosmetic surgery," he writes, "works best on people who are relatively content in life, who like themselves the way they are." Those people may be least likely to seek it out, but they'll be most happy with the results. --Lou Schuler

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