The author was a P.O.W. during WWII and a veteran of the Korean Conflict who, back in the 1970s, felt it would be an asset to his career as an author and lecturer to have cosmetic surgery performed in the form of a face-lift. The book is a combination of his narrative regarding his own personal experiences with the procedure, his research into the medical profession, insurance companies and governmental regulating agencies insofar as they relate to cosmetic surgery and extensive personal interviews with others who have had surgery performed for cosmetic reasons.
The procedures we now know as “plastic surgery” evolved from the reconstructive surgeries performed by physicians on veterans returning from the Second World War who had been disfigured by combat. At that time, the use of “plastic” as a substrate for many different types of applications was beginning to become widespread and its usefulness in this type of surgery proved to be quite successful — thus, the term “plastic surgery”. Coincidentally, movie stars who had come to fame during the 30s and 40s were beginning to show signs of aging and it was then that these procedures were adapted to extend their careers.
Soon thereafter, women (and more than a few men) of means discovered that they, too, could reap the benefits of similar procedures and, in keeping with the laws of supply and demand, costs then de-escalated to the point where just about any member of the middle-class could afford them.
Professionals involved with the cosmetic surgery industry run the gamut from posh, pricey, Beverly Hills “super-surgeons” down to part-time “pseudo-surgeons” who run their businesses from shabby, back-alley offices. Consequently, it is no surprise that one of the most salient points the author makes is the fact that — due to the delicate nature of this type of procedure — face-lifts in particular have a certain failure rate which often results in the procedure having to be re-done to correct flaws in symmetry and when too much skin has been removed during surgery. This is a concern very few undergoing such surgeries are aware of, as is the negotiation of the maze of legal processes that result from such an error.
Because of its “elective” nature, plastic surgery patients occasionally also experience feelings of depression as the result of self-generated guilt for having spent so much money on a purely vanity-driven act. Additionally, few patients are prepared for the often condescending attitude expressed by medical professionals — such as nurses — who have undertaken their chosen careers with the goal in mind of relieving the suffering of those who have undergone some type of unforeseen medical crisis and perceive cosmetic surgery patients as “prima donnas”.
The main message conveyed by the author is that most people would never buy a car or a major appliance for their homes without consulting other people whose opinions they trust who have “owned one” and, yet, multiple thousands of these same people will put their faith and their physical safety in the hands of physicians about whom they know virtually nothing.
“Face-Lifts” is a book that anyone even remotely contemplating plastic surgery SHOULD read. It is a rational, calculating, comprehensive assessment of all the variables and potential trouble-spots involved in making a decision whether or not to have this type of procedure done as well as a frank and open, blow-by-blow narrative from someone who has “been there”.
The book is available for purchase in Kindle format from Amazon.com at the following link: http://amzn.to/102RuAg .
Source: Jean Fisher