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Beauty Junkies: In search of the thinnest thighs, perkiest breasts, smoothest faces, whitest teeth, and skinniest, most perfect toes in America Paperback – January 15, 2008
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Prior to that the book is an exhaustive summary of the history of plastic surgery dating back to the 1800s and sorted by the various body types being transposed, i.e., face,[..] botox, etc. Therefore the book is written somewhat as a clinical history until she closes with her personal story which is quite interesting. She uses herself as the new American who obsesses with not growing old and builds a compelling case that Americans will use more and more plastic surgery as some South American countries are currently experiencing.
Overall, a quality book on the subject. Personally, I preferred the recent "Confessions of a Park Avenue Plastic Surgeon" for a summary of the issue and more in depth personal stories from the perspective of doctor and patient.
On page 215 of the paperback, the author notes that "(t)he multiple eyes on the cover of this book are mine..." Well, not on my paperback, with its lame 'Barbie doll pieces in a surgery pan' photo that probably got scooped off of iStockPhoto. That text should have got changed for the paperback version. Plus, the cover concept of the hardcover version - 16 marked-up instances of the author's very attractive eye - is brilliant: it completely captures the spirit of the book, in which not only does Ms. Kuczynski report on the cosmetic industry, she participates in it. In fact, as her reporting unfolds, so too does her immersion as a patient...or, at least, her level of revelations. We're told of her eyelid surgery, botox treatments, regular dermabrasion sessions, liposuction and Restylane lip injections.Read more ›
As I expected, I found this a fascinating book and whizzed through it in two days. Lots of great information. As the title indicates, this isn't a guide for people who are considering cosmetic surgery, but an analysis of the industry and the trends behind it. She throws in some of her own experiences, which are just as (or perhaps more) intriguing as the reportorial sections.
I found humor, strength, answer to my questions, and more important, guidance with this book. If you are thinking about surgery, read this book first. It may help you really think about your decision and offer you more insight before entering into a irreversvible journey of cosmetic surgery. Although implantable procedures are technically reversible, the damage done to your body, as well as the stretching of your skin, is not reversible. She discusses the realities of surgery, pains, mistakes, malpractice and quite literally, the poisons of surgery - mentally and physically. Don't be fooled, she is quite unbiased in this subject entirely because she herself has received more than one procedures herself.
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Good service, arrived quickly, and addresses the beauty cults who make these doctors so much money. It was informative and well researched.Published 6 months ago by lyndia lamberty
Girls - this is interesting - will make you think twice next time you are at a beauty counter at the department store and the saleswoman is trying to get you to buy products you... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Carol A
This was a personalized psychological study into the history of cosmetic surgery through its earliest beginnings with plastic and corrective surgery beginning back in the 1400's to... Read morePublished on May 24, 2010 by D_shrink
Unlike myself, the author "becomes obsessed with plastic surgery at the age of 28 and [has] various procedures over the next ten years," which were eventually successful. Read morePublished on February 8, 2009 by LP
A wonderful look at the plastic surgery industry and how it affects individuals who seek its miracles. The writer is giftedPublished on November 7, 2008 by Jones
An interesting look into the beauty industry. Creative, funny, and informative. I only gave it a 4 because of how it left me feeling. Read morePublished on December 17, 2007 by C. Marshall
The endless struggle against looking old or inadequate, the inability to accept the changing or imperfect body and face, coupled with the relentless promotion of the technology to... Read morePublished on September 27, 2007 by Chan Joon Yee
Beauty Junkies, by Alex Kuczynski, gives us the history of plastic and cosmetic surgery, the charlatans, the risks, the popularity especially in the U.S. Read morePublished on August 1, 2007 by Ergonomic Zester