Beauty Junkies: Inside Our $15 Billion Obsession With Cosmetic Surgery

Beauty Junkies: Inside Our $15 Billion Obsession With Cosmetic Surgery

Alex Kuczynski


A superstar author for the long island occasions Styles part captures the follies, frauds, and fanaticism that gasoline the yankee pursuit of youngster and sweetness in a wickedly revealing expedition into the burgeoning enterprise of beauty enhancement.

Americans are getting older swifter and getting fatter than the other inhabitants in the world. even as, our renowned notions of excellent attractiveness became so strict it sort of feels even Barbie wouldn’t have an opportunity of creating it into the neighborhood attractiveness festival.

Aging could be a usual truth of existence, yet for increasingly more american citizens its hallmarks—wrinkles, love handles, jiggling flesh—are noticeable as hindrances to be conquered at the route to lasting, perfect good looks. In Beauty Junkies Alex Kuczynski, whose sly wit and fearless reporting in the instances has received her fanatics around the state, offers a clean and impossible to resist examine America's more and more determined pursuit of final good looks in anyway beneficial.

From a gaggle of high-maintenance big apple urban ladies who dedicate themselves to holding their seems to be twenty-four hours an afternoon, to a “surgery safari” in South Africa whole with “after” pictures of magically rejuvenated sufferers posing with wild animals, to a podiatrist's place of work in big apple the place a “foot face-lift” presents girls with the proper healthy for his or her $700 Jimmy Choos, Kuczynski portrays the all-American quest for self-transformation in all its extremes. In manhattan, attorneys develop into Botox junkies to be able to stay poker-faced. In l. a., ladies of an doubtful age nip and tuck their such a lot inner most components, in order that each inch in their our bodies is as taut as their lifted faces. around the state, younger ladies graduating from highschool obtain presents of breast implants – from their mom and dad.

As medication and expertise stretch the bounds of biology, Kuczynski asks even if plastic surgery could also be a part of human evolution, a type of beauty survival of the fittest – or firmest? With incomparable graphics of obsessive sufferers and the both obsessed medical professionals who cater to their goals, Beauty Junkies examines the hype, the desire, and the questionable ethics surrounding the appearance of every new unbelievable process. energetic and exciting, thought-provoking and worrying, Beauty Junkies is destined to be the most talked-about books of the season.

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