So where were we? Ah yes, liposuction and how to avoid dying and/or looking horrible after your plastic surgery procedures. Terry next talks about chemical peels and… this is boring, you guys. Like really boring. And only applicable if you are interested in learning EVERYTHING about every plastic surgery option EVER. It’s like listening to someone read you the little pamphlets at your doctor’s office about things like Hypertension or Asthma. I am so so so bored….
Doesn’t the name Dr. & Mrs. Guinea Pig sort of imply that a. they have tried all of these procedures and b. they gave something a try that might be something a little outside the box? So far it’s “I like this mascara” and “don’t get your boobs done by your dental hygienist.” Anyway, we must soldier on. Next, we learn that Terry is actually a really decent man. As in he refuses to operate on children under 18, even with parental permission and boldly states that no one under the age of 40 should require any type of anti-aging surgery ever. He says that there a metric shitton of crappy plastic surgeons (and other doctors, as any surgeon can perform any surgery) who will always be happy to take your money in exchange for doing a risky or unnecessary procedure, so it is SO important to do your research on your doctors.
Terry reminds us over and over again to do extensive research so you end up with someone who is ethical and who has had a ton of experience. For example, he says that when he worked on the Fox reality show The Swan, he got a ton of practice in a very short amount of time.
Hold the phone.
He was a plastic surgeon on THE SWAN?!?
In case you don’t remember 2004, The Swan was a reality makeover competition where a bunch of plain women were given a crazypants number of plastic surgery procedures, hair extensions and fitness/diet consultation while not being allowed to see themselves heal (there were no mirrors in the sad, sad Swan house). The women were shown their “makeover” and then were lucky enough to compete in a horrible pageant to see who was truly THE SWAN. The show was criticized heavily for, you know, seemingly putting these poor women through a fuck ton of psychological trauma for “good tv.” How is Terry in ANY situation to criticize the morals of other surgeons when he was a part of this circus??!
Terry follows up this shocker with a sad but amusing anecdote about notorious plastic surgery addict Michael Jackson. Apparently, Terry knew some of the doctors that worked on him and in the later years, they would just put Michael under and bandage his face and tell him that the surgery went great, even though they had done nothing. Terry is quick to point out that this is unethical, but a lot of people get very addicted to chasing the “perfect” surgery that will solve all of their problems. Next, we talk about malpractice, assessing your surgery goals (being happier with your appearance vs. expecting all of your problems to go away), and Heather explains why she never had her boobs done after kids (they magically got better with time!) I still can’t get over the whole Swan nonsense.
Then he seriously just goes through every plastic surgery ever and talks about what it does, how much it hurts, what to expect from the recover, blah blah blah…I am just not sure who this book could help? Couldn’t you just google this shit fo’ free and put the money you would’ve spent on the book toward your surgery?