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by Diane Gerber, MD, and Marie Czenko Kuechel $19.95, Jones and Bartlett Publishers,

Every year, millions of people choose to embark upon the road to self enhancement, using procedures that range from Botox and liposuction to facelifts and tummy tucks. If one of those people is you, you know how many questions and concerns there are to consider before making any decisions. And even though there is a plethora of information on TV, radio and the Internet, much of this information could be considered suspect, questionable or even just plain wrong. Because of this confusing array of information, Diane Gerber, MD and Marie Czenko Kuechel, a journalist and educator in Plastic Surgery, saw a need to bring accurate information about plastic surgery to people, and have done so quite successfully, with their collaborative effort, “100 Questions and Answers About Plastic Surgery.”

Beginning with the chapter “Plastic Surgery: Definitions and Desire”, we are guided, step-by-step through subjects including What is plastic surgery? Why should I consider having plastic surgery? and What are realistic expectations? This comprehensive and well organized book escorts us through an entire gamut of subjects including everything from choosing a reliable surgeon, to paying for the procedure. The safety concerns that every plastic surgery candidate should consider are discussed in depth, leaving no scary stone unturned.

Various types of surgery are then addressed such as Breast Surgery and Body Contouring as well as Surgery for Facial Reconstruction and Facial Rejuvenation. Be prepared for a full disclosure of each procedure, as the text is written in very frank, medical prose that leaves no room for guessing The more minimally invasive procedures such as Botox injections, chemical peels, and laser and radio wave treatments are also explored, and in the final chapter possible outcomes of surgery and recovery are discussed.

It’s peppered with before and after pictures of various procedures.


As I have already mentioned, this illustrated book is not for the faint of heart, but since it is very important to be completely informed when undertaking any type of surgery, this book achieves that end with great aplomb and unflinching honesty and is therefore a must-read for anyone considering aesthetic plastic surgery.” / Issue 49 - September 2018
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