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A Little Work: Behind the Doors of a Park Avenue Plastic Surgeon Hardcover – September 23, 2004

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press; 1st edition (September 23, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312315244
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312315245
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 6.5 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #333,744 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

A plastic surgeon for 16 years, Lorenc, with New York Times "Escapes" editor Hall, effectively communicates his love for the complex work he does in this sometimes entertaining saga of liposuctions, breast implants, face lifts and other cosmetic surgical procedures. No doubt many women will want to read the case histories, since, as the doctor points out, plastic surgery, once the province of the elderly rich, is now pursued by younger women of all income levels. Lorenc comes across as honest and trustworthy, saying no, for example, to a woman who requested liposuction when he felt it was inappropriate, and, more amusingly, to patients who flirt outrageously with him. He condemns physicians who promote plastic surgery as risk-free and insists that Botox injections should be given only in the safety of a medical office. Among other nuggets of useful information the author offers is that high-quality plastic surgery is neither pain-free nor cheap, and probably will not last a lifetime. Lorenc also shares some stories about famous patients, such as Katharine Hepburn, whose face he reconstructed several times after skin cancers were removed. He devotes some space to a discussion of male patients, whom he considers more whiny and difficult than females.
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"Breathtakingly candid and eye-opening." -New York Post

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After reading it, I enjoyed it so much I started to read it again!
Susan Farrell
In person, Z. Paul and his dermatologist twin Marek balance modesty with a refreshing sense of humor.
Kandeda Trefil
Dr. Paul Lorenc provides an insiders look not only into surgery but plastic surgery specifically.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Baazumi VINE VOICE on August 16, 2009
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This book was interesting, insightful, and slightly strange. Interesting and insightful in providing practical information on the myths of plastic surgery, descriptions of procedures, how important it is to follow the doctors advice, general overall information of what goes on behind the doors of a surgeons office and how clients are handled, Dr. Lorenc's strong work ethic, and his personal background which is excellent reading. This includes his medical training, and his turbulent early life history where he and his family escaped Poland,and started over.

What I find strange about the book is the promotion of Trish Hall, an editor at The New York Times. Now everybody knows the New York Times has a great reputation, and this should mean the editor is highly qualified to edit this book, but the book doesn't reflect great editing. Not at all. The author repeats himself far too much throughout the book and had there been better editing, it would have made for a more focused, easier and more enjoyable book to read. The first half of the book reads cool and detached, and it isn't until the second half of the book where Dr. Lorenc talks about his various patients and their procedures does the reader get a "feeling" for the man. He's very into self-promotion, but if I ever wanted plastic surgery, he'd be the first on my list to check out.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A reader from Canada on November 12, 2004
Format: Hardcover
I just finished reading this book and despite its recent media attention, I have to say that I was quite dissapointed. While entertaining, this books fails to offer practical information and the information the authors do share is not very sophisticated. For pure enjoyment, this book is OK. If it is practical information you are in search of, this book is not for you. No pictures are offered and the authors recommendations are vague. I much prefered Secrets of a Beverly Hills Cosmetic Surgeon by Dr. Robert Kotler. I highly reccomend his book for those interested in practical information on cosmetic surgery.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Marissa A. Hayes on May 3, 2005
Format: Hardcover
`A Day in the Life', or `Taking the Plunge', to name a few, are chapters in the book, A Little Work; Behind the doors of a Park Avenue Plastic Surgeon. Both of these chapters, in particular, are useful for people who are considering plastic surgery, as well as pre-med students. The author, Paul Lorenc did a fine job at focusing on how plastic surgery and its industry work, along with how each surgical procedure is performed through his clear and concise writing.

Lorenc handled the topics in his book very well, and discussed each issue completely. He has the capability and knowledge of accomplishing this through his education, experience, and expertise. For example, Lorenc took the reader through a day in his life. He started from when he woke up and walked to work, through dinner with his wife. He began his day with walking to the office and doing going through his patient's actual exams and visits. He also used several different examples of procedures, and explained how they work, along with what to expect when receiving them, from the initial visit through the recovery, in his chapter, `Taking the Plunge.'

Overall, the book is very thorough when it comes to the topic in general of becoming a plastic surgeon, having plastic surgery, and knowledge about specific plastic surgeries. It is very important for a doctor to be aware of these three main topics because they deal with these specific topics on a daily basis. Doctors need to have knowledge of plastic surgery in order to gain trust from their patients. Everyone wants to be able to trust a doctor's opinions as well as what he is doing.

If you are looking for a book to give you information on becoming a doctor, as well as, different surgical procedures and the technology advancements that come along with being one, then this is the book for you. It will give you a sufficient amount of information on what it takes to be a plastic surgeon or have plastic surgery.
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Debra Bowe on October 13, 2004
Format: Hardcover
I bought this book tonight and couldn't put it down. It has a very insightful view on the world of plastic surgery, along with its downfalls. I Absolutly loved it from the start to finish. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who is interested in this subject.
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