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July 7, 2009 | Sander L. Gilman, Sander L. Gilman is distinguished professor of the liberal arts and sciences and professor of psychiatry at Emory University. He is the author of "Making the Body Beautiful: A Cultural History of Aesthetic Surgery" and "Creating Beauty to Cure the Soul: Race and Psychology in the Shaping of Aesthetic Surgery."
In 1908, on hearing about a young man in Vienna who wanted a nose job, Sigmund Freud made a quick diagnosis: The man clearly suffered from an "anti-Semitic persecution" and did not want to be Jewish. When he was informed that "the patient is an ardent Jew" and a committed Zionist, Freud was flummoxed. In the end, he concluded that the patient was conflicted about his father and did not want to look like him. So what would Freud have made of Michael Jackson?
May 26, 2008 | Rong-Gong Lin II, Times Staff Writer
Six months after the mother of Kanye West died following liposuction and breast implant surgery, the reverberations of the tragedy continue to be felt. Now lawmakers and physicians are urging greater protections for patients undergoing cosmetic surgery. Across the country, such surgeries are increasingly done outside hospital settings in outpatient clinics, where a doctor can avoid the rigorous review that, say, a heart surgeon would face at a traditional hospital.
April 21, 2007 | MEGHAN DAUM
I'M AS SHOCKED as anyone by this, but apparently Botox and other cosmetic procedures designed to "refresh" the face are now a liability in Hollywood. The Wall Street Journal reported recently that many well-known actresses are possessed of such an improbable age-to-smooth-skin ratio that television studios are actually looking to other countries, such as Britain and Canada, when casting for roles that don't necessarily require a 16-year-old look.
February 11, 2005 | Gina Piccalo, Times Staff Writer
Finally, there's a magazine that publicly acknowledges a woman's right to gauge her potential by the number of surgical procedures she'll need to achieve it. Newsstands everywhere just welcomed NewBeauty, the first national consumer glossy devoted exclusively to cosmetic enhancement. It debuted last month from its headquarters in Boca Raton, Fla., as a no-nonsense guide for terminally body-conscious women of all ages.
November 8, 2004 | Susan Campos and Carol Wolper, Special to The Times
From Santa Monica to Silver Lake, they're complaining about the "silent treatment." No, this isn't an issue for a marriage counselor, but instead a complaint about the relationship patients have with their dermatologist or cosmetic surgeon. These patients' gripes are directed at their doctors, who they believe are reluctant to discuss their fees for popular wrinkle- reduction procedures such as Botox and Restylane. These are elective procedures that even the best medical insurance won't cover.
August 23, 2004 | Shari Roan, Times Staff Writer
The newest fad in body adornment is certainly eye-catching. But does it cross a line when it comes to safety? Eye jewelry, a tiny piece of platinum or gold that is surgically implanted behind the clear skin in the white part of the eye, is being offered for the first time in the United States by Los Angeles eye surgeon Robert K. Maloney.
February 23, 2004 | Tracy Wilkinson, Times Staff Writer
Italy is a country, let us not forget, where the prime minister recently took a month off, shelving economic crises and regional political demands, to have a face lift. "I like the way I look," Silvio Berlusconi told Italian fashion reporters when he reemerged after the surgery, tauter and tanner than usual. "I look in the mirror and I like what I see, and I think I am more pleasing to others too." So it would seem a natural fit that Italian TV viewers be treated to a weekly "reality" show on plastic surgery, with contestants who are given nose jobs, tummy tucks and breast lifts in full-frontal detail.
July 4, 2003 | Jeff Gottlieb and Mai Tran, Times Staff Writers
Two women have been arrested on suspicion of performing cosmetic surgery at a Little Saigon clinic disguised as a beauty salon, police and state medical officials said Thursday. Investigators from the Medical Board of California and Westminster police officers said they found no evidence that hair was being cut at the Christina Beauty Center on Magnolia Avenue in Westminster. They said they found no hair stations, no shampoo sinks and no hair or nail products at the salon Tuesday.
Between the ages 25 and 65, the nose stretches by 10%, on average, its tip moving downward by about a quarter-inch. The brows can sink by a third of an inch, the ears by slightly more, the cheek tissue by as much as a half-inch. Overall, more than 30% of a person's facial area may drop from above the mid-face line into fleshy folds below. "At some point you look in the mirror and you just can't believe it's you," said B.J. Roberts, 71, of Los Angeles, who recently had cosmetic surgery.
April 23, 2001 | Shari Roan
Americans are not shying away from cosmetic procedures, according to new statistics from the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. The number of adults having some type of cosmetic procedure increased 25% between 1999 and 2000, to 5.7 million procedures. Botox injections have become the most popular cosmetic option, increasing 120% in one year. About 1.1 million shots of botox were given last year.
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