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’
'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'
'The inside world of celebrity plastic surgery'
'A great read'
'The inside scope of a cosmetic surgery practice'
Princeton Alumini Weekly
You needn't be contemplating cosmetic surgery to be entertained by Lesesne's blend of name-dropping, horn-tooting, medical advice and insights. After more than 20 years of operating mostly on the rich and famous, he has plenty of stories. Among his more memorable patients are a gay man who wants breast implants on his back to give his partner something to hold onto during sex and the straight man who brought in his wife one day and his girlfriend the next. Lesesne also writes of receiving death threats from a Venezuelan oil magnate whose penis turned black after waist and hip liposuction (he failed to follow the doctor's post-op orders). Those details, along with gossip (including Lesesne's short-lived romance with Katie Couric), provide the juiciest bits of what sometimes reads more like an infomercial than a memoir. A recollection about a Frenchwoman morphs into a plug for the author's skin-care line; an anecdote about a woman who asks him out while on the operating table leads to a plug for a "light anesthesia cocktail" he and his anesthesiologist developed. You don't reach the pinnacle of plastic surgery success by downplaying your strengths, but Lesesne's book would have been even more appealing if he had performed a little ego-reduction surgery.