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Change your looks, change your life : quick fixes and cosmetic surgery solutions for looking younger, feeling healthier, and living better
Copeland, Michelle.
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First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : HarperResource, [2003]

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xix, 267 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
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Includes index.
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In Change Your Looks, Change Your Life, Dr. Michelle Copeland urges us to imagine how improving our appearance can increase our self-confidence, resulting in a more complete wellness -- top to bottom, inside and out. She asks us, What if? What if our lives, social and professional, could be changed for thebetter by cosmetic surgery or even a simple lunch-hour procedure?

A recognized leader in the field of plastic surgery, Dr. Copeland draws on her years of clinical experience to guide readers through the myriad options for cosmetic enhancement. With input from dozens of patients, complex-sounding procedures, from face-lifts and breast surgery to liposuction and tummy tucks, are demystified and defined, enabling readers to approach their doctors with confidence and gain the knowledge necessary to make an informed decision.

Change Your Looks, Change Your Life benefits from Dr. Copeland's unique perspective as one of the most prominent female plastic surgeons in the United States and the first to graduate from Harvard with a dual degree in plastic surgery and dentistry. Emphasizing individuality, self-esteem, and the power of choice, her advice is patient-focused and sensitive to the emotional and psychological aspects of cosmetic procedures.

For those not ready for a major procedure, technological advances have made rejuvenating procedures like Botox injections affordable and practical solutions for more people than ever before. Simple "lunchtime fixes" such as light-laser treatments and collagen injections can be combined with topical peels and creams to banish wrinkles and improve appearance without recovery time. Dr. Copeland details these nonsurgical options, suggesting treatments for the most common cosmetic complaints.

This revolution in medicine has been met with a radical change in attitude, and Change Your Looks, Change Your Life is your guide to a new generation of plastic surgery. If you are among the increasing number of men and women who want to look younger, feel healthier, and live better than you ever thought possible, Dr. Copeland's skillful advice will inspire you to take control of your own cosmetic wellness.

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Copeland is assistant professor of clinical surgery at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, and attending surgeon in plastic and reconstructive surgery at the Mount Sinai Hospital-as well as a "diplomat" of the National Board of Plastic Surgery; Postman is a senior features editor at Elle, who has also written for Glamour and Mademoiselle. The diction they cook up for this advice book meshes medical and fashion expertise in a manner that is somewhat unnerving; at one point, their first person text notes that "Helping people to imagine how their looks-and, by extension, their lives-can improve is the most challenging and rewarding" aspect of what Copeland does for a living. "Fixes" and procedures include endoscopic forehead lifts, "collagen or fat injections in the face to strategically plump it up," neck lipectomy (whereby "gobble neck" is "sucked away") and many others, carefully explained and illustrated by before and after pictures. The authors raise the potential "red flags" that should prevent one from undergoing surgery (including depression and pregnancy), but they also define various "light-bulb moments"-a dopey catch-phrase to refer to the things that bring people to seek surgery or other interventions. The book takes readers from making the cosmetic surgery decision through finding a doctor, to "Skin Savers and Quick Fixes" that don't involves surgery, and separate chapters on the face, breasts (the word "perky" is used repeatedly), body contouring, and healing that do. Copeland is an enthusiastic advocate of surgical procedures, and tries to back that enthusiasm with anecdotal and scientific evidence regarding surgery's effects, for some, on self-esteem and health. The pack is thick with similar books, but the Sinai name carries a lot of clout (at least in New York) as does that of Elle, and the book's upbeat, go-go encouragement is infectious. Some readers, however, may find themselves admiring the "before" pictures more than the "afters," and wondering about those light-bulb moments. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved All rights reserved.



Change Your Looks, Change Your Life Quick Fixes and Cosmetic Surgery Solutions for Looking Younger, Feeling Healthier, and Living Better Chapter One Getting to "Yes": Making the Decision Now that you have a sense of what cosmetic surgery can offer, let's explore why you picked up this book. Take a long, honest look in the mirror. You can do it for real (turn on that harsh overhead light and peel off some clothing), but my bet is you've done it often enough to know what it is about your body or face that you'd like to change. What is it, for you? Maybe you've caught sight of that wattle that blurs your chin line (or, worse, that hangs over your crisp white collar) too many times. Maybe it's the crow's-feet that grab makeup and make a spray of fright lines at the corners of your eyes. Maybe it's your nose or earlobes, both of which sag as we age. Maybe it's your "Hi Janes" (the fleshy underside of the arm that continues to wiggle after you've stopped waving hello to your friend Jane); do they make you avoid wearing your favorite sleeveless blouse or halter top? Maybe it's your breasts -- how far down has gravity pulled them? Maybe it's your stomach -- are you willing to expose your midriff? (Perhaps you're currently carrying too much weight, once carried too much weight and your skin just hasnt got the message yet, or were never able to pull things up and together after your last pregnancy.) Maybe it's your hips: Is there no A-line skirt out there that can hide hips that bear witness to every Krispy Kreme you've wolfed down? Maybe it's those pesky spider veins, crisscrossing the backs of your legs like road maps of the East Coast. I could go on and on. Perhaps you recognized yourself in one of these complaints, or more than one. If misery loves company, then at least you'll be happy to know that virtually everyone sees a problem or three when looking in the mirror. That's the bad news. But we're positive thinkers here, and we're going to leave harsh reality behind. Instead, let's conjure that wonderful phrase again: "What if?" Change Is Within Your Power What if you could wave a wand and change just one part of your body -- what would it be? (Forget whether it's practical, reasonable, or defensible, or whether anyone -- including your own judgmental self -- would "approve.") Now ask yourself something else: How many times in the last week have you thought about your nose, or crow's-feet, or wattle, or saddlebags? How many times in the last day? How many times have you thought about that "flaw" in the last five years? Now ask yourself how your life might have been different, in big ways or small, in the last five years if you hadn't been self-conscious about this part of yourself. How might your attitude about yourself have been different? How might this have had a ripple effect on the rest of your life? The way we see ourselves and believe we're perceived by others is tied up with the way we look. Call it shallow, label it politically incorrect, swear that real beauty is on the inside ... but, like it or not, looks matter. Beauty has always been a powerful stimulus and motivator: Throughout history, across all cultures, people have loaded themselves down with uncomfortable jewelry, submitted to body piercing and tattooing, worn outrageous wigs, and squeezed themselves into constricting corsets, clothes, and shoes, all in slavish pursuit of their culture's ideal of beauty. Today, in every area of our lives -- at work, while socializing, in the public eye -- attractive people consistently get more attention than their acne-scarred, overweight, receding-chinned counterparts. What's worse, our culture is obsessed with celebrity, and the mass media multiply and magnify examples of human "perfection" every day. In such an environment, how tough is it to "just be yourself" and like it? (In a recent People magazine poll, an anemic 10 percent of women said they were satisfied with their bodies.) Add to all this an aging population with expectations (realistic or not) of prolonged youth. It's a marvel that everyone but two or three well-adjusted supermodels isn't wracked by feelings of inadequacy and low self-esteem. The pressure is often felt most intensely in the workplace. Studies show that traditionally good-looking people are perceived as smarter and friendlier than others; they make more money, and are five times more likely to be hired. But this isn't a recent phenomenon: Even the ancient Greek philosopher Aristotle once said that "Beauty is better than all letters of recommendation." With the continuing influx of women and corporate downsizing making work environments more competitive than ever, there's increased pressure to look polished -- and youthful. One of my patients, a thirty-eight-year-old publishing executive on whom I performed a neck and forehead lift, describes the pressure this way: "In my profession I constantly interact with people, and I believe maintaining my looks gives me an edge. I'm not talking about being movie-star beautiful -- who can be? -- but I feel that appearing well put together, energetic, and youthful earns people's respect and attention, and ultimately gives me greater credibility. I am convinced looks make you money, so I think of surgery as an investment. Plastic surgery isn't just about beauty. It's about power." "Plastic surgery isn't just about beauty. It's about power." By allowing you to make subtle but important changes to your looks when and how you want, cosmetic surgery is a valuable, low-risk investment in your future health, happiness, and well-being. Change Your Looks, Change Your Life Quick Fixes and Cosmetic Surgery Solutions for Looking Younger, Feeling Healthier, and Living Better . Copyright © by Michelle Copeland. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold. Excerpted from Change Your Looks, Change Your Life: Quick Fixes and Cosmetic Surgery Solutions for Looking Younger, Feeling Healthier, and Living Better by Michelle Copeland, Alexandra S. Postman All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.