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A little work : behind the doors of a Park Avenue plastic surgeon
Lorenc, Z. Paul.
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First U.S. edition.
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New York : St. Martin's Press, [2004]

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x, 226 pages ; 25 cm
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Beyond television's Extreme Makeover and Nip/Tuck, this is a no-holds-barred account of what really goes on in the most private of plastic surgery practices.

Author Notes

Z. Paul Lorenc, M.D., F.A.C.S., received a degree in general surgery from New York University School of Medicine in 1984 and completed his fellowship in aesthetic plastic surgery at Manhattan Eye, Ear and Throat Hospital in 1988. In private practice on New York's Park Avenue for sixteen years
Trish Hall is an editor at The New York Times. She has written for many national publications, including the Times, The Wall Street Journal, Martha Stewart Living, and Gourmet. She lives in New York with her husband and daughter

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Publisher's Weekly Review

A plastic surgeon for 16 years, Lorenc, with New York Times "Escapes" editor Hall, effectively communicates his love for the complex work he does in this sometimes entertaining saga of liposuctions, breast implants, face lifts and other cosmetic surgical procedures. No doubt many women will want to read the case histories, since, as the doctor points out, plastic surgery, once the province of the elderly rich, is now pursued by younger women of all income levels. Lorenc comes across as honest and trustworthy, saying no, for example, to a woman who requested liposuction when he felt it was inappropriate, and, more amusingly, to patients who flirt outrageously with him. He condemns physicians who promote plastic surgery as risk-free and insists that Botox injections should be given only in the safety of a medical office. Among other nuggets of useful information the author offers is that high-quality plastic surgery is neither pain-free nor cheap, and probably will not last a lifetime. Lorenc also shares some stories about famous patients, such as Katharine Hepburn, whose face he reconstructed several times after skin cancers were removed. He devotes some space to a discussion of male patients, whom he considers more whiny and difficult than females. Agent, Alice Martell. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. XI
1 A Day in the Lifep. 1
2 Ten Myths About Plastic Surgeryp. 25
3 Nuts for Needles: Botox and Beyondp. 33
4 The Long Road to Park Avenuep. 47
5 Music to My Ears, or I Love Surgeryp. 63
6 The Park Avenue Posse: Competing Any Way Possiblep. 73
7 Just Say Nop. 83
8 Celebrity Catastrophes and Other Horrible Mistakes I Have Seenp. 97
9 Taking the Plungep. 119
10 What I Didn't Learn During My Training Is Enough to Fill a Bookp. 131
11 Head Lines: Brows, Eyes, Noses, and Face-Liftsp. 145
12 Never Happy: Breast Workp. 169
13 Liposuction and Tummy Tucks: Say Good-bye to Thunder Thighs and Trembling Tummiesp. 177
14 Men Really Are Differentp. 191
15 Unhappy Campersp. 201
16 The Never List: What You Really Need to Know and Ask Your Plastic Surgeon Because If You Don't You Might Be Sorryp. 215
Appendixp. 225