the worlds beauty capital, Beverly Hills, comes an eye-opening
exposé of American plastic & cosmetic surgery. An increasingly
popular but sometime controversial young specialty.
SECRETS OF A BEVERLY HILLS COSMETIC SURGEON is the definitive, insiders
guide to choosing a top specialist, selecting the right procedure, and
using a safe facility all at an affordable price.
one of Americas premier cosmetic surgeons and a prominent UCLA
teacher, lecturer and author draws upon his unique 35 year experience
and more than 5,000 procedures performed. No co-writer, no ghostwriter
required. Because the inner workings of this highly-hyped but little-explained
field are best revealed by only those who live within it.
10 sample (some hush-hush) key disclosures. Insider information
rarely shared with the public:
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Why do some celebrities look so bad after cosmetic surgery? Whats
wrong with this picture? There are 3 reasons; not just bad luck. And
there are lessons here for non-celebrities, too.
Fees are negotiablewithout compromise in quality. You just have
to know the ropes. Dr. Kotler lists 5 strategies to save dollars.
Because of managed care, doctors are fleeing their practices and flooding
into cosmetic surgery. Gynecologists, general surgeons. Even some dentists!
But re-training is inadequate, inconsistent; not all are qualified.
How can you determine who is competent and who is not?
Prospective patients rarely learn about super-specialists, the doctors
at the pinnacle. Trained beyond board certification to earn the skills
Not all training programs are turning out qualified cosmetic surgeons.
Because of economic pressure, overcrowded teaching hospitals now have
tiny budgets and little space for cosmetic surgery teaching cases. And
if there are few patients on which to practice, how do the young doctors
get good enough to operate on you?
Consultation should not be a high-pressure sales session. Is that free
consultation good for the patient or the practice? To be in charge,
you must know the important questions to ask. Dr. Kotler lists the 15
Smart Questions to ask the doctor as you interview him.
You must see many photographically-honest "before and after"
images. The doctors work, not purchased from a stock album. How
else can you know if the doctor produces natural results that would
satisfy you? Because you dont want to see windblown, over-pulled
face lifts, too-scooped, too-pinched nose jobs or fake-looking breast
The surgical facility is just as important as the surgeon. How
do you know if the facility is judged safe? Did it pass inspection?
Who are the inspectors?
Not quite ready for the bigger procedures? Want to hear the low-down
about less-invasive procedures and skin treatments like Botox or intense
pulse light? Dr. Kotler explains the accomplishments and limitations
of the 24 most popular.
Certain prescription, non-prescription and herbal/homeopathic medications
can cause serious surgical or anesthesia complications. Like ginko,
ginseng or even garlic. Appendix D lists 136 such products!
13 most important cosmetic procedures, an at-a-glance table listing:
The operating room times.
Return-to-work (or school) time.
Stitch removal schedule.
How many years each procedure typically lasts.
With a clear definition of each - in English - not medical jargon.
handy 29 Point Checklist to "check out" prospective doctors
and their surgical facilities. It reveals the important questions you
might not know to ask. And makes the doctor interview non-intimidating
OF A BEVERLY HILLS COSMETIC SURGEON is not a tattler's memoir. Nor a
technical manual describing plastic surgery. It is a how-to manual.
How to be a smart consumer, how to get the best resultsafely and
read. Clear, sharp, entertaining with 53 before and after photographic
case histories. Peppered with touching patient letters to Dr. Kotler.
Commentaries from leaders in the field. And witticisms from those high-visibility
divas of cosmetic surgery: Joan Rivers and Phyllis Diller. On the light
side, the best of The New Yorkers cartoons, poking fun at both
plastic surgeons and their patients.
cosmetic surgery is the greatest, but only when done well!