Groovy Cosmetic Surgery from the 1970s

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Cosmetic Surgery: A consumer’s guide

As of this writing, this book is still in circulation. I am going to go out on a limb and say this might be out of date. At the time of publication, this book would have been an excellent choice for a public library. There are good descriptions of the surgeries, help in selecting doctors, and a lot of before and after. It is also written in a very factual style that doesn’t glamorize the process or say that it will fix what is wrong in your life. Aside from its age, it is not a bad book.

Last time I was in my dermatologist’s office, they had posters of all sorts of procedures with names like dermaplaning, thermage, cool sculpting, and a bunch more. Many of the descriptions seem kind of vague (at least to me). I can see that a need for some unbiased literature would be a great help.

At my age, the boat has sailed on surgically fixing my cosmetic problems, but I can appreciate that many folks want to get some unvarnished truth about their options in improving how they look and feel. Weed this old book and invest in some up to date resources.


PS. Since we are talking cosmetic surgery, please do yourself a favor and take a look at this children’s book on how mommy needs to get pretty. You won’t be disappointed.

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  1. Why “The Breasts”, I wonder, and not “The Eyelid”, “The Jaw”, or “The Ear”? (Also, seeing all those body parts written like that makes it sound like a series of horror movies.)

    1. Well, it looks like there’s just one option for “eyelids” (eyelid correction) and a whole array for “breasts” (augmentation, reduction, lifting, etc.), so they were making it a category rather than a single operation. Now, from a societal point of view, this could say something about how much energy is put into secondary sexual characteristics (especially for women) rather than into what are actually fairly important protective organs, but that’s another matter.

  2. Both those ladies had good surgeons, I’ll give them that. Face lift lady still looks “of a certain age” but the age is a bit younger. There’s hope for me and Mary, though I don’t have that kind of money and I’ll wager she doesn’t either.

    But this book is so hopelessly out of date that I think it might be worse than nothing and definitely worse than websites.

    Styles, healing time, and procedures have all changed. They didn’t have any of the things Mary mentions, or lasers, Botox, probably not even the liquid nitrogen my GP used to zap some annoying benign growths.

    1. Yes, I was thinking the same thing. Some plastic surgery changes a person’s looks so much, and not for the better. The skin is stretched so tight that it looks odd. I might actually consider getting plastic surgery after seeing this woman!

    1. Unrelated to type (and color choice), I can tell the approximate dimensions of the books next to it for the c. 40 years by the fading patterns.

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