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Perfect Form

February 14, 1988

"The Cult of the L.A. Body" might have created an impression that one could alter body appearance as easily as changing clothes. However, even in successful plastic surgery, there is a period of adjustment during which patients integrate their new physical appearance into an established body image. Individuals can experience depression and a feeling of being "lost" in their new body. Consideration of the patient's emotional state before the surgery is critical.

DAVID F. ZAKIN

BARRINGTON PSYCHIATRIC CENTER

Los Angeles

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