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In this useful guide to cosmetic surgery for teens, the author, a plastic surgeon, makes a compelling case for performing procedures on adolescents who just want to feel “normal.” He offers anonymous real-life case studies so readers can think about whether they’d say yes to the knife for a 14-year-old boy whose ears stuck out, a 15-year-old boy who developed breasts, a 14-year-old girl whose breasts were asymmetrical, or an 18-year-old girl whose skin sagged after she lost 147 pounds. In most cases, Lukash seems unabashedly pro-surgery. When his own teen daughters asked for nose jobs, he consented. Oddly, for a “safe and sane” guide, Lukash writes that he will do surgery on the outer lips of teens’ vaginas if “there is a real issue of embarrassment or physical deformity,” noting that this quick procedure is popular now that teens are “sexually active at younger ages.” He does nix permanent makeup and buttock, calf, and pectoral implants. Lukash is obviously knowledgeable, but his advice-filled book may come across as too boosterish for many readers. --Karen Springen

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"It’s a necessary book, and one I wish had been available to the parents of the teens who underwent cosmetic procedures—200,000 of them—in the U.S. last year."
—The New Yorker

"This book fills a definite need in public library and consumer health collections."
—Library Journal
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 246 pages
  • Publisher: BenBella Books (November 2, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1935618091
  • ISBN-13: 978-1935618096
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,848,930 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Frederick N. Lukash MD is a board certified plastic surgeon specializing in pediatric and adolescent body image issues. He has been in practice for 32 years in Manhattan and Manhasset, NY and is on staff at The Steven and Alexandra Cohen Children's Medical Center and the North Shore/Long Island Jewish Health System. His book The Safe and Sane Guide to Teenage Plastic Surgery is a finalist in the health category for Foreword Magazine.
Dr. Lukash has appeared on many national media programs as an expert in his field.
My web-site is www.drlukash.com

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By GEE on January 23, 2011
Format: Paperback
For any parent, teen, young adult who is contemplating plastic surgery this is a must read guide!!!!

Dr. Lukash's chapters are filled with so much information ,pictures & real life accounts. That give any reader a clear & concise framework of what one may expect if they choose to go through with having a procedure.

Dr. Lukash's voice of reason, expertise in the field & his dedication to doing "plastic surgery for the right reasons & right patients" are clearly showcased in this book.

After looking at the live accounts & photos of patients that Dr. Lukash has transformed: The procedures were amazing and done for the right reasons. They were all procedures that were necessary to the patient self esteem.

He real is a true professional & and artist in his own way. This is a very serious profession & Dr. Lukash is a credit to his field
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I would recommend this book to any teenager or young adult who's looking to undergo plastic surgery. Any age group would appreciate this book and find it helpful because the content transcends generations. Personally, I am in my early/mid 20's, and I read this book to help navigate the ins and outs of rhinoplasty, and to understand facial balance and proportion - which all good plastic surgeons take into account when performing rhinoplasty. I wanted to be proactive and understand it myself, in order to be an informed consumer and do the best that I could in choosing the right surgeon (obviously a very important decision). This book is filled with substance and content, and is thankfully not tight-lipped or filled with the "fluff" that I was skeptical about encountering given that it is written by a plastic surgeon himself. It sheds light and educates the reader on so many different types of plastic surgery - male/famale, the face, and several different areas of the body. Dr. Lukash impressed me with his tremendous amount of knowledge, insight, experience...and also importantly, compassion. His book is honest, straightforward, and direct -- all qualities that I look for in a plastic surgeon. All in all, I found his book informative and a must-read for any young adult considering plastic surgery.
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As someone who has both undergone plastic surgery as a medical professional involved in the plastic surgery community, I believe that every teen and parent of a teen considering undergoing plastic surgery should consider reading Dr. Lukash's book. This book provides an incredibly realistic portrayal of what teens can and should expect to actually gain from plastic surgery which is useful in deciding whether or not surgery is appropriate and/or worthwhile. I wish my parents had purchased this book for me when I was considering plastic surgery, as it would have made process of whether or not to undergo surgery much easier (I debated for years about, until finally deciding to do it- the major issue for me was that I really was afraid of the aftermath and what to expect, as well as the process of doing the surgery in general (how to pick an MD, payments...)- had I read this book I would have had the answer in front of my eyes). This book is both easy-to-read and filled with crucial advice for any teen considering surgery. In short, I cannot recommend it enough. I recommend reading this book obviously before surgery, but if possible, also before meeting you surgeon, to allay any possibly fears or worries.
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By Eydie on February 26, 2011
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Having been a plastic surgery patient of Dr. Lukash's because of health issues I can attest to the fears and anxiety most people experience with regard to plastic surgery. This book answers all of these questions? Am I doing the right thing? Will my problem be erased or improved? Will people notice it? Will it be obvious? It gives you a realistic approach to what you can expect. It is a very easy read and extremely organized which makes it a homerun for teenagers who prefer to flip through books and not read the entire book. The real life pictures are perfect for teenagers to relate to other teens. The combination makes the book a perfect reference tool. I think anyone who is contemplating plastic surgery should get this book. I hope the next book will be on the wonderful work he does on the aging process.
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By closhauld on March 29, 2011
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The Safe and Sane Guide to Teenage Plastic Surgery is a great book for absolutely any young adult considering plastic surgery; it is a must read for their parents. The life changing stories were truly enlightening. The well organized and well written text allows the reader to delve quickly into the issues that he or she wants to focus on. The author also raises many issues likely overlooked by a person outside the medical field. Any parent considering supporting their son's or daughter's decision to undergo an image changing procedure should seriously consider first investing their time and money into this insightful book.
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A must read for teenagers and their parents who are considering plastic surgery for their teenage children. This book provides a unique, insightful and informative outlook regarding an area that most books on plastic surgery overlook. It is easy to read and once you start, you won't want to put it down. It answered a lot of questions which I had regarding plastic surgery for adolescents and young adults. I highly recommend this book to any parent and their children considering plastic surgery. Kudos to the author.
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