Sex, Lies and Cosmetic Surgery: Things You'll Never Learn from Your Plastic Surgeon

Sex, Lies and Cosmetic Surgery: Things You'll Never Learn from Your Plastic Surgeon

by Lois W. Stern

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Sex, Lies and Cosmetic Surgery: From the bedroom to the boardroom, over one hundred women share refreshingly candid stories of how cosmetic surgery impacted their lives. Through memoir, journalism and research, it explores provocative themes such as post surgery sexuality, amorous feelings toward one's plastic surgeon, ambivalences, misperceptions and more. Reaching beyond the typical tell-all book, this author brings the anecdotal into sharp focus by using her finely honed humor, interviews with respected professionals and cutting edge research to deliver content as rich in entertainment as in authenticity.

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ISBN-13: 9780741493446
Publisher: Infinity Publishing
Publication date: 05/23/2011
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 3 MB

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Sex, Lies and Cosmetic Surgery: Things You'll Never Learn from Your Plastic Surgeon 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
plappen on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Whether or not to have cosmetic surgery is one of the biggest decisions a woman will ever make. This book will make that decision much easier.The first question to be answered is: Why? If your self-image is in bad shape, cosmetic surgery can make a huge difference in your personal life (and your sex life). If your "problem" is deeper, like clinical depression or Body Dysmorphic Disorder, a mental health professional will help a lot more than a plastic surgeon.Do not choose your surgeon based on his (usually it is a man) TV ads, or because he is a member of your church. Go to more than one surgeon; feeling comfortable with him is most important. After he agrees to do the surgery, disclose all medical problems or conditions you may have, no matter how small, and all medications you are taking. The doctor and anesthesiologist need to know in advance. Do some research on Doctor X. Is he Board Certified in your surgery? Has he done a number of them? Is his facility properly accredited?Friends and family members may have very different reactions to the thought of cosmetic surgery. Do not be surprised, or hurt, at reactions ranging from Whatever to Are You Insane?When it comes time for the surgery, be prepared. Clear your calendar for a couple of weeks. Stock up on soft foods. Have someone stay with you for the first couple of days after the surgery, armed with many packages of frozen peas (for the swelling). People recover from surgery at different speeds, so don¿t panic if you are recovering "too slowly." Last but not least, you chose Doctor X for this surgery, so trust that he and his staff know what they are doing.This book is full of comments from regular women who had surgery, for a variety of reasons, along with the author¿s own cosmetic surgery story. It has many checklists and questionnaires, to help the reader decide if this is such a good idea. It also has a list of questions to ask a cosmetic surgeon. Plastic surgery is not for everyone, but for those who are considering it, this book is very highly recommended. It will help answer any and all questions.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In reviewing SEX, LIES AND COSMETIC SURGERY, I'm attempting the same level of honesty that the author, Lois Stern, employed throughout her book. The other reviews listed here already provide a quality overview of content, so this review will be more a personal reaction. I agreed to review this book as part of an Authors Helping Authors Team effort in a Writing Organization. It is not a book I would have picked as a 'read' of choice simply because I've never considered the procedure. What a loss that would have been! Any woman, regardless of age, stands to be enlightened by the devotion to detail and the courage exhibited by Lois Stern in bringing this work to women and the reading public. Any man, attempting to figure out the 'quirks' of the lady in his life stands to gain a revelation into the female psyche! Facts are backed up with credible research. Myths are dispelled. Priceless guidance is given anyone wrestling with such a decision, or a spouse or family member needing to support or understand. The entire spectrum of emotional impacts are thoughtfully presented, a result of countless hours of interviews with over 100 women. All this, and an entire wealth of follow up information and additional sources are presented in the best 'Appendix Section' I've ever seen in an 'informative nonfiction' book. Like any compelling book of any genre, SEX, LIES AND COSMETIC SURGERY qualifies as one of those books that is hard to put down. As a fellow author, I sincerely wish Lois Stern the best of success, and I thank her for caring about women. You will, too. Susan Haley
LoisWStern More than 1 year ago
Many reviews have been written about this book, all posted at the sexliesandcosmeticsurgery website. It touched the inner core of most readers, yet made a few uncomfortable. Sex, Lies and Cosmetic Surgery has been an eye opener, figuratively speaking, for those open to their own sexuality. It has even caught the attention of a number of plastic surgeons acroos the USA, who have made it the subject of their blogs.
Guest More than 1 year ago
When I met Lois Stern at an authors' conference, I thought her book was a warning about the dangers of cosmetic surgery. The subtitle to her book: Things You'll Never Learn From Your Plastic Surgeon fueled my misperception. That changed into curiosity when Lois told me she had cosmetic surgery and that it changed her life in many positive ways. She looked beautiful and so natural. Where was that plastic look I always heard about? I had to learn more so bought her book. I have been blessed with always looking 10-15 years younger than my age. Therefore getting a face lift is not a consideration for me. This book however caused a complete attitude shift for me regarding cosmetic surgery. I just wish that it was financially in reach for more people whose lives would be transformed with it but can't afford it. I have often thought that if a particular person could just get a 'nose job,' how it would make her drop-dead gorgeous or him more handsome. My opinion is that if you long for what cosmetic surgery can do for you and can afford it then thoroughly reading and also researching the listed resources in this book is a must. I was impressed that Lois also included the importance of taking care of your skin. People keep telling me I have no wrinkles (my mirror disagrees). Part of that is genetics but I also have used quality skincare products. This book is the bible for cosmetic surgery: honest, caring, and filled with useful information. Lois's personal story and photos and the stories of others makes this an easy read rather than being a clinical textbook-type read. If you're contemplating cosmetic surgery, please read this book first. You will be glad you did.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Lois Stern is one talented Lady! I read her book in just a matter of a few hours...couldn't put it down! Every person contemplating cosmetic surgery of any kind should read her book first. She gave an indepth and personal account of her own experience, as well as amazing accounts of several professionally researched interviews with others. She added warmth and humor making it lovely to read. The footnotes are loaded with information in finding a reputable cosmetic surgeon. Keep an eye on this writer...(I know I will)
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the best book EVER on women and Cosmetic Surgery, and I have read many! It is both refreshing and amazingly honest. I was blown away by Chapter 5 (Utter Humiliation) where Stern explores her feelings of sexual attraction toward her plastic surgeon. I wasn¿t surprised that this event occurs, but I must applaud this author¿s willingness to explore her experience with such candor. As a whole, this book is thoughtful and insightful, yet written in such a readable, charming manner. You can read Sex, Lies and Cosmetic Surgery on many levels. The quality of its research is impressive, as is obvious from the resources noted in her footnotes. But Stern¿s research simply serves as a backdrop to the wonderful anecdotes and personal stories she shares, taken from both her personal journal and the many candid interviews she has conducted with other women. Finally, do not overlook the checklists, quizzes and self-assessment tools at the back of the book. They provide accurate, practical guidance for any woman considering cosmetic surgery. I work along side a highly regarded plastic surgeon and have been recommending this book to his patients. They come back and thank me.