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All that you ever wanted to know – and never imagined – about what goes on behind-the-scenes at one of the world's most prestigious plastic surgeon's office.

‘“I don't care if I die,” she said. “I waited my whole life to look good. I'm not going one more day looking the way I do … if I'm not happy, nothing else matters.’”

What is it that drives women, and men, to the extreme measure of cosmetic surgery? People are popping out for botox in their lunch breaks, face-lifts before job reviews, breast implants before dates, and liposuction before just about any major event. From the living room to the boardroom to the catwalk, even the most successful and beautiful men and women are paying to go under the surgeon’s knife. And the obsession just keeps on growing!

Cap Lesesne, one of the world's most sought-after and respected cosmetic surgeons, has seen them all. He's worked on queens, models, executives and housewives, turned a man into Elvis, been threatened by a Venezuelan oil magnate whose penis turned black and has been asked to implant breasts onto a transexual's back. He travels around the world, calls royalty and glitterati his friends, and can claim to have both saved and destroyed hundreds of relationships with his life-altering fingers.

In this timely part-autobiography, part-expose, Cap reveals what life is like as the fairy-godfather with a scalpel, what it is that drives different people around the world to go under the surgeon’s knife, and the secret tell-tale signs of a post-op patient, as well as hundreds of real-life examples of the people he has worked on, from the urbane to the truly bizarre.

Cap also reveals what it was that made him choose to take up the profession that is most sneered on in surgical circles and how his choice of profession has altered the way he looks at the world around him.

Exciting, revealing and always cutting-edge, CONFESSIONS OF A PARK AVENUE PLASTIC SURGEON puts an astonishing new face on one of the world's fastest growing trends.


'For anyone who has ever contemplated plastic surgery – or even if you have not – this is great read. Informative, humorous and touching, Dr Lesesne bares his soul. I couldn't put it down and it keeps you guessing who's who.'
Nicole Miller, Women's Fashion Designer

‘Where the beautiful people go to be more beautiful’
Daily Telegraph

'While the dishy read contains plenty of gossip, those titbits are interspersed with practical advice for people considering body modification.'

'Confessions is full of juicy gossip … reading like a string of blind items – from the actress who gets a brow-lift "between movies" to the royal European family that jets Lesesne to an undisclosed Middle Eastern locale for Botox. Most captivating, however, are Lesesne's general observations on the self-esteem business.'

'A must read for anyone thinking of plastic surgery'
New York Post

'A must for anyone considering plastic surgery'
CBS Insider

'The inside world of celebrity plastic surgery'
Boston Globe

'A great read'
ABC Radio

'The inside scope of a cosmetic surgery practice'
Princeton Alumini Weekly

Biographies & Memoirs
10 July
HarperCollins Entertainment
HarperCollins Publisher Australia Pty Limited