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Authors: Marie B.V. Olesen, R. Merrel Olesen MD
ISBN-13: 9780764578359, ISBN-10: 0764578359
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
Date Published: March 2005
Edition: (Non-applicable)

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Author Biography: Marie B.V. Olesen

R. Merrel Olesen, MD has over 30 years of plastic surgery experience. He has written patient information and informed consent materials used by millions of patients.

Marie B.V. Olesen has worked with hundreds of plastic surgery practices to help them understand how to meet the needs of cosmetic surgery patients.

Book Synopsis

Cosmetic surgery is one of today’s hottest topics. From daytime talk shows and popular magazines to conversations at the salon, it seems that almost everyone has had it, is thinking about it, or knows someone who is getting it. Statistics show more and more women—and men—are having cosmetic surgery. And with all the options now available, it’s important to be fully informed before you make any decisions about having a procedure.

Now, Cosmetic Surgery For Dummies is here to guide you through today’s top procedures, candidly addressing both the benefits and the risks. R. Merrel Olesen, MD, the medical director of the La Jolla Cosmetic Surgery Centre, and Marie B.V. Olesen, a nationally known cosmetic surgery consultant, give you the tools you need to:

  • Decide if surgery is right for you
  • Find a qualified surgeon
  • Set realistic expectations
  • Evaluate the costs
  • Enhance your recovery and results

This plain-English guide shows you how to take advantage of all the advances in cosmetic surgery while avoiding the pitfalls that could compromise your safety or the quality of your result. From implants to liposuction to Botox, you’ll understand the right questions to ask your doctor, how to prepare for surgery (both physically and financially), and the best ways to influence the healing process. You’ll also:

  • Discover the latest surgery techniques and medications
  • Understand the different surgeon specializations
  • Sort through the various non-surgical facial treatments
  • Evaluate your post-op care options
  • Cope with complications
  • Deal with family, friends, andcoworkers before and after surgery

Complete with lists of questions to ask before surgery and top Web sites for cosmetic surgery information, Cosmetic Surgery For Dummies is a practical, friendly guide that will help you say hello to a new you!

Table of Contents


Part I: Considering Cosmetic Surgery.

Chapter 1: Entering the Golden Age of Cosmetic Surgery.

Chapter 2: Making a Decision about Cosmetic Surgery.

Chapter 3: Looking Out for Your Safety.

Part II: Preparing for Cosmetic Surgery.

Chapter 4: Prequalifying: Beginning Your Search for a Surgeon.

Chapter 5: Choosing Your Surgeon.

Chapter 6: Getting Ready Financially.

Chapter 7: Getting Ready Physically.

Part III: Exploring Your Options.

Chapter 8: Sprucing Up Your Face without Surgery.

Chapter 9: Finding Out about Facial Cosmetic Surgery.

Chapter 10: Winning by a Nose: Rhinoplasty.

Chapter 11: Getting the Skinny on Liposuction.

Chapter 12: Dejunking Your Trunk: Body Contouring Procedures.

Chapter 13: Restructuring Your Body after Massive Weight Loss.

Chapter 14: Increasing Your Assets: Breast Augmentation.

Chapter 15: Getting a Pick-Me-Up: Breast Lift.

Chapter 16: Streamlining Your Form with Breast Reduction.

Part IV: Going for It: Preparation and Recovery.

Chapter 17: Assessing the Risks and Preparing for Surgery.

Chapter 18: Recovering after Surgery.

Chapter 19: Finding Happy Endings.

Part V: The Part of Tens.

Chapter 20: Ten (Or So) Myths about Cosmetic Surgery.

Chapter 21: Ten Questions to Ask Yourself before Pursuing Cosmetic Surgery.

Chapter 22: (Almost) Ten Ways to Get Great Results from Cosmetic Surgery.

Appendix: Internet Resources.