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Everything women of color should know about cosmetic surgery
Adams, Jan R.
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : St. Martin's Press, 2000.
Physical Description:
xiii, 210 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
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RD119 .A33 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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Dr. Jan R. Adams has over sixteen years of training in aesthetic surgery from some of America's finest institutions and performs hundreds of cosmetic surgery procedures a year. He felt compelled to write a book that would address the concerns of women of color after hearing numerous complaints from frustrated women, unable to find any book in the marketplace that held vital information for their specific cosmetic surgery questions.

Although there are dozens of plastic surgery books on the shelves today, not one of them is specifically tailored to address the concerns facing women of color. In fact there is virtually no place these women can turn to get information about their particular aesthetic problems. They age differently from Caucasian women and have unique skin problems such as scarring, hyperpigmentation, and blotchy skin. Dr. Adams will help take the anxiety out of cosmetic surgery by providing detailed information in a reader friendly format that will calm any anxieties and arm consumers with useful information.

He will address such issues as * Choosing the right aesthetic surgeon for you. When selecting a doctor, it is important to make sure your surgeon has the knowledge and expertise to treat your specific concerns. * What to expect before surgery - the various pre-operative visits and tests, what medications to avoid. * What to expect post-operatively, a reassuring guide to the many stages your mind and body will pass through the weeks after surgery.

Dr. Adams will also include actual cases of women who sought various procedures and the choices he offered them. He will also provide chapters detailing the majority of procedures sought by women of a specific age. Women in twenties - are usually interested in rhinoplasty, breast reduction and breast augmentation. The thirties are an interesting time and women are usually looking to rejuvenate their figures after childbirth. They are usually the biggest candidates for abdominoplasty (tummy tuck), liposuction, and mastopexy (breast lift). The forties are an age where many women will see the first signs of facial aging. Procedures discussed in this chapter include browlifts and eyelid surgery. The Fifties are typically the period where women elect to have facelifts, and the Sixties are traditionally a time of touch-ups, where it is recommended to get small procedures done when appropriate, in order to avoid that "tight masked" look.

This book celebrates the beauty and diversity of women of color. It will help you look and feel your best, and can serve as a blueprint for being healthy, vital, and youthful at any age.

Author Notes

Jan R. Adams, M.D. attended Harvard University and the Ohio State University College of Medicine. His post graduate medical training included, a general surgery residency at the Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City, where he was chief surgicial resident. His plastic and reconstructive surgery training was at the University of Michigan. In addition, Doctor Adams was the first university trained aesthetic plastic surgeon in the United States, having been UCLA's first Fellow in Aesthetic Plastic Surgery in 1992. Doctor Adams has also served as a clinical instructor in Plastic and Reconstructive surgery at UCLA School of Medicine. Doctor Adams is currently practicing in Beverly Hills, California.

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Library Journal Review

Many titles on plastic surgery are available, but few of them address the specific concerns of black women, who age differently from white women and who are more likely to develop keloid scars as a result of accident or surgery. Adams, an African American plastic surgeon in Beverly Hills, has put his expertise into a comprehensive discussion of the types of plastic surgery available, the times of life when each type is most likely to be effective, and the facts women need to make informed decisions. Adams endorses preventive skin care as a means of forestalling surgery, which is laudable. Unfortunately, however, he recommends specific products sold only by a Beverly Hills company, which undermines his credibility. Still, his book achieves its aim of addressing the needs of a specific audience and will be of interest to women of color.√ĄSusan B. Hagloch, Tuscarawas Cty. P.L., New Philadelphia, OH (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.