Power of Seduction: Conceptions of Beauty and Cosmetic Surgery

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This engaging work demonstrates that beauty truly does come from within.

"Plastic surgery is not a magic wand," declares Dr. Jean-Claude Hag?ge in his critique of the dangerous confusion between beauty and seductiveness. Having seen, spoken with, and operated on hundreds of patients, Hag?ge offers a unique perspective on the important distinction between formal beauty and true seductive power. Although it can improve our external appearance, ...
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Overview

This engaging work demonstrates that beauty truly does come from within.

"Plastic surgery is not a magic wand," declares Dr. Jean-Claude Hagège in his critique of the dangerous confusion between beauty and seductiveness. Having seen, spoken with, and operated on hundreds of patients, Hagège offers a unique perspective on the important distinction between formal beauty and true seductive power. Although it can improve our external appearance, the surgeon's scalpel, Hagège cautions us, can do little to enhance our power to seduce. This important warning comes at a time when formal beauty and youth have become an imperative, making our appearance a commodity to be purchased on the marketplace.

As Hagège relates the successes and failures of his practice, we learn that our misconceptions about how we should look are informed by the rational part of the brain, the cortex. Hagège explains that true seductive power does not emanate from the cortex, but from the limbic system, the part of the brain that gives us access to our emotions and to our desire to truly connect. When we think in terms of how we should appear, trying to conform to certain cultural standards of beauty with the hope of changing our relationship with the world, we are bound to be disappointed. Instead, if we are in close touch with the limbic system, we will be better able to access our feelings about who we truly want to be. Only then will our decisions about plastic surgery meet our expectations.
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Reviewer: Jeffrey S. Rosenthal, MD (Bridgeport Hospital)
Description: This book sheds a poignant light upon society's concept of beauty. It unmasks the various myths and fables associated with this principle, all the while clearing the path for the crucial and hallowed focus on our inner powers of seduction.
Purpose: The author wishes the reader to understand how the aura of seduction is interwoven with qualities of happiness, confidence, generosity, and zeal for life. He is able to cogently blend together the various neuro-anatomic origins of thought and feelings with the more intangible personality traits to produce an insightful look into what is required to be seductive or seduced.
Audience: Jean-Claude Hagège is a practiced French plastic surgeon who has had the opportunity to evaluate numerous patients from both a physical and psychological perspective. These ponderings are often not fully appreciated or even contemplated by many a novice and, often, by the connoisseurs of cosmetic surgery. Thus, those who profess to make the world more attractive through surgical and nonsurgical modes would do well to heed the ideas in this book.
Features: Beauty is but one component of the seductive formula; alone it lacks the overall intensity and longevity of grace, balance, and inner strength necessary to form a seductive persona. The process of understanding seduction unfolds in this six chapter book. Seduction stems from an internal freedom coupled with the sense of inner power. Formal beauty, although a component of seductive power, should not be confused with the power of seduction. History and literature are alluded to in the quest to understand the influence of the seductive personality over both males and females. The complicated inter-connection of the conscious and deeper segments of the mind are unraveled, along with raison d'être for these adaptive personal qualities.
Assessment: If, as the author profoundly notes, "the smile is the most powerful implement in the arsenal of seduction," then the reader of this book will gain an invaluable advantage by understanding and abiding by these and other tenets so aptly presented.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781590511213
  • Publisher: Other Press, LLC
  • Publication date: 11/5/2005
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr. Jean-Claude Hagege

Dr. Jean-Claude Hagege is a plastic and cosmetic surgeon and a member of the French and International Society of Plastic, Reconstructive, and Cosmetic Surgery.
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