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
"It’s a necessary book, and one I wish had been available to the parents of the teens who underwent cosmetic procedures200,000 of themin the U.S. last year."
The New Yorker
"This book fills a definite need in public library and consumer health collections."