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The Safe and Sane Guide to Teenage Plastic Surgery Paperback – November 2, 2010

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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: 12.6 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: #2,986,847 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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If you can get Dr. Lukash to do your surgery-that would be best. At least read and follow all phases of his book. Some kids aren't ready, some kids have to grow into their features, this doctor knows the difference between physical/mental/social aspects of this life-changing step. Great resource list, cut out check lists-he's anticipated everything you will need to know. Recommend 100%.
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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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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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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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An excellent guide providing a step by step approach to teenage plastic surgery. This book provides before and after pictures and testimonials of teenage plastic surgery success stories. It helps to negate much of the negative bias projected by media. Highly recommended for parents of teenagers who are contemplating plastic surgery.
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An amazing book written by an amazing author. The book is extremely informative, but also very entertaining. The pictures are skillfully intertwined to provide clear illustrations regarding the subject matter. It becomes very evident that a skilled plastic surgeon must also be very artistic. It is clear that Dr. Lukash is the Michelangelo of plastic surgeons. I highly recommend this book.
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Dr. Lukash provides readers with clear, concise, honest insights about plastic surgery for young adults. It contains many pictures, personal accounts and even an anecdote about performing surgery on his own daughters which I thought was great. The book is well organized, an easy read and incredibly informative. I definitely recommend it for anyone looking for level-headed, realistic advice about teenage plastic surgery.
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