If this book ever appears on our Amazon wish-lists, please have us committed: Dr. Sam T. Hamra's The Facelift Letdown: When Results Don't Meet Expectations. (And yes, the face on the cover looks really sad and disappointed.)

There's a piece in the New York Times all about the un-glam world of surgery redux. It's not pretty, kids. From said piece we culled the following:

-Disregard everything you've seen on "Dr. 90210, Nip/Tuck and the flashy cosmetic surgeons of Extreme Makeover." (That's from Amazon's description of The Facelift Letdown.) Apparently it's a lot more painful and there's less sex. Think TLC, not FX.

-If you get cheap plastic surgery, it looks crap. '"I'm seeing more people who have gone to clinics where price is a major concern for them going there, and often they are dissatisfied with the result," said Dr. Stuzin, a past president of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. "Instead of muscle work, they are oversuctioning the neck, so the neck looks skeletal."'

-A lot of the time, people get their surgery "corrected," either because it doesn't look good or there's some kind of "complication," ie you can't breathe. "But some surgeons think impaired breathing is an acceptable trade-off for aesthetic improvement."


-Even if you're happy with it, you're gonna need periodic touch-ups.

-Oh yeah: if you don't get any in the first place, you can avoid all of the above.


The book doesn't have any comments on Amazon yet, but we imagine what business it does will be over the internet. After all, carrying this to the register of a Barnes & Noble would rank somewhere on the buying-trauma scale between Depends and Catholicism for Dummies.
When Plastic Surgery Calls for A Do-Over [NY Times]