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Confessions of a Park Avenue Plastic Surgeon Paperback – 7 Aug 2006

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Product details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Entertainment (7 Aug. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 000722933X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007229338
  • Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,681,092 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'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

About the Author

Cap Lesesne has been in solo practice at New York's most sought-after zip-code for over twenty years, and is an indespensible member of the New York social-elite. He is internationally renowned, regularly travelling across the globe for consultations, surgical procedures, and for pleasure. He has served on the executive committee of the American Society of Plastic surgeons, and is a frequent contributor and consultant for The New York Times, The Washington Times, the Observer, Elle, Cosmopolitan, Harper’s and Vogue, as well as ABC and NBC News. A documentary produced by the BBC following the life of Cap Lesesne was aired in the US in the autumn of 2005, and he is frequently profiled in some of America's most glamorous publications. He has produced his own line of custom-made skin-care products, soon to be launched in the UK.

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This is the worse book I have ever read. Toilet paper material..
Do yourself a faviour and don't bore yourself with this trash.. what self respecting surgeon would fly to do surgery
to be given the maids room.. This to me shows what his rich clients really think of him, what person would advertise such treatment of himself.
I feel sorry for this so called Plastic surgeon Cap Lesesne, for writing such a trashy book and constantly finding advertisement from the back of a short date with Katie Couric
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Cap Lesesne is obviously very proud of what he's achieved but his leaden prose means that this pride comes across as tediously sanctimonious and self-regarding. If you believe everything he writes, he's the most compassionate, skilful, up-to-date, modest, hard-working, philanthropic, in demand, thoughtful and generally fab surgeon that ever graced the earth, or at least Park Avenue.

It's a boastful and unattractive book, full of tiresomely self-obsessed anecdotes about his jetsetting lifestyle nipping and tucking the rich and famous. It's also poorly written and flat despite the potentially fascinating material he has at his disposal. A big thumbs down.
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Thinking this would be short amusing snippets of surgical japes I bought it.
Sadly I'm left somewhat dissatisfied, its not at all like it appears to be.
Research carefully. You might like it... But I didn't!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Meh... 31 May 2014
By Islandgirl369 - Published on
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This was not as juicy as I thought it would be. HOWEVER, if he practices anything like what is stated in this book - I would actually go to this surgeon!
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Light, fluffy, enjoyable read 4 April 2006
By Alice in W - Published on
Format: Hardcover
No one is ever going to mistake this for great literature or even a well-done memoir. Dr. Lesesne flits superficially from anecdote to anecdote and boasts irritatingly frequently of his accomplishments, his credentials, his skills, his big heart and his dates with a string of fabulous women. But I took the book for what it was: A breathless peek into a world most of us will never glimpse. If everything Dr. Lesesne writes is true, then he's had a most extraordinary life indeed, and his experiences alone are captivating enough to keep the interest up. You also learn a lot about the science and psychology of plastic surgery, which I find interesting from a scientific perspective. Written like a long magazine article, the book can be read in one afternoon.
11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Read 28 Nov. 2005
By Elizabeth - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I just read Confessions of a Park Avenue Plastic Surgeon and thought it was a great book. It gives you a real insight of what a plastic surgeon goes through behind the scenes from day-to-day. Some of the patient stories were funny. The one about the man who wanted breasts on his back so his lover would have something to hold onto had me hysterical. I think this book is very informative for anyone thinking of having plastic surgery. You read about the roads that Dr. Lesesne traveled to get where he is today. I would recommend this book to everyone.

On a personal level, I had breast reduction surgery performed by Dr. Lesesne in November of 2005. I put off having surgery for over 10 years because I was so scared. Dr. Lesesne came highly recommended to me by my boss. After meeting Dr. Lesesne and seeing what a great doctor he is, I knew he was the right doctor to do my surgery. The results are wonderful. My back and neck pain is all but gone. It has definitely changed the way I look at myself. If it were not for Dr. Lesesne I would never have had the courage to go through with the surgery.

After reading this book and having had surgery with Dr. Lesesne I can tell you that he is a sincere, honest, nice man and a brilliant surgeon. Read the book!!!!!!
2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Read this only if you are a plastic surgery industry supporter 18 Jan. 2008
By L. Doll - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Like it says in the title of my review - you will probably only enjoy this book if you have had plastic surgery, are contemplating plastic surgery, or are just a general supporter of people who have plastic surgery. If you are not one of those people (like me), this book will be mostly an annoyance. I was really hoping this book would be an interesting look at plastic surgery - who gets it and why. Instead, there is a LOT of information about his background and education. Also - the man is a doctor, and narcissism seems inherent in that profession. We have to read a lot about all the royalty he's worked on, the celebrities, and other richy riches. We have to read a lot about how he is asked to do surgery on people around the globe because he comes so highly recommended. We have to read about how he flies to L.A. once every two months to work on people in the entertainment industry because he is in such high demand. Finally, and perhaps most annoyingly, we have to read about how he sizes up nearly every single person he looks at to see how he can "improve" them. If you don't believe me - read the other reviews of this book. He did it to someone who wrote a review here. Narcissism at it's finest. It was tough to stomach.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Info 10 Nov. 2006
By Rick Spell - Published on
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A very informative book of plastic surgery from the perspective of a well educated Park Avenue plastic surgeon. A quick set-up of his early years is highlighted by a very informative discussion of his life in med school, the decisions required and the dedicated teachers that made him a great surgeon. This may be the most compelling part of the book.

Then after a difficult start he gains traction and eventually is a surgeon to stars and royalty as well as dating Katie Couric with a celebrity education of the process.

What this book really shows is the mental aspect of being a plastic surgeon as well as many tips such as how to pick an appropriate surgeon. His writing style leads to complete confidence that this man knows what he is doing as he describes procedures and a thought process unknown to a layman. Be forewarned, if you are reading this for a celebrity fix, it's not here. Yes, he mentions many consultations with the rich and famous but in keeping with his profession and morals, no names are given.

Overall, this is an exceptional, fast read on a subject of which I had no knowledge and which I found immensely enjoyable.
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