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Face Value: The Truth about Beauty-- and a Guilt-Free Guide to Finding It Hardcover – August 23, 2003


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Rodale Books (August 23, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1579547087
  • ISBN-13: 978-1579547080
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 1.3 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,397,793 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Sundaram's volume offers women considering a cosmetic procedure-but who still aren't entirely comfortable with "buying beauty"-a sane, intelligent argument that they have a right to be beautiful. Barring a few questionable analogies (she compares braces to laser wrinkle removal, for instance, without noting that the former may be considered medically necessary, and suggests that the indignation once directed at suffragettes is akin to the offense some feel now toward women who get liposuction) her argument that procedures are not something to be ashamed or afraid of is calm and reasoned. Women (and men) have always tried to enhance their looks-we simply have more sophisticated ways of doing it these days, she says. But Sundaram's book is not merely an extended rationale for booking that tummy tuck: she focuses on how women can feel better about themselves (inner beauty being the secret to real outer beauty), and offers guided meditations, principles of living (e.g., "do at least one thing a day that inspires you"), tips on healthy living, basic skin-care regimens and all-around encouraging advice. For those willing to take the plunge into any cosmetic procedure, major or minor, she offers steps to do so, from heeding the serenity prayer to finding the right doctor. In an arena full of vociferous opponents and equally enthusiastic proponents, Sundaram is a quiet, encouraging and rational voice, and for that, her book stands out.
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"Face Value gives women everywhere the permission we all need to feel beautiful, inside and out. More than that, Dr. Hema Sundaram provides us with practical and sage advice for making the right decisions about everything from face creams to face-lifts."--Christiane Northrup, M.D., author of Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom and The Wisdom of Menopause

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By DLD on August 31, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Like it or not we live in a culture that celebrates youth and beauty; how you look can affect your ability to get a job, find a mate, or even to be taken seriously. Dr. Sundaram has made a significant contribution to those of us over 40 by dispelling the guilt that many of us feel when we consider cosmetic procedures. She also provides an honest and thorough evaluation of what we can expect from these procedures. Dr. Sundaram recognizes, however, that some of our insecurities come, not from how others view us, but from how we view ourselves. Her book, therefore, includes a positive program for learning to accept and appreciate who, what, and where we are.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Lois W. Stern on August 26, 2007
Format: Hardcover
As a board certified cosmetic dermatologist, Sundaram gives us some fresh perspectives not just on facial rejuvenation procedures and rational discusions about the right to be beautiful, but also insights into inner beauty as the secret to real outer beauty. I found her guided principles of living refreshing and unexpected for one whose life's work involves rejuvenating faces. Her Seven-Minute at-home skin care program was particularly helpful. I thought so highly of this book that I listed it as a 'Helpful Resource' at the end of my own book!

Lois W. Stern
Author of Sex, Lies and Cosmetic Surgery
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By B Chalom on February 22, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Dr Sundaram's book is filled with understanding and obvious experience. She offers comprehensive solutions to skin problems and gives multiple alternatives to skin care that do not just sell her products - for example she offers an inexpensive alternative skin care plan to products that may be purchased with a dermatologist only. As someone with scarring/skin care issues, I felt she really puts herself in the patient's shoes. I highly recommend this book!
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