Confessions of a Park Avenue Plastic Surgeon

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9780007326365: Confessions of a Park Avenue Plastic Surgeon

New York City’s Park Avenue between 64th and 72nd Streets is the pinnacle for a plastic surgeon—if you can make it here, you’re at the top of your game. Home to the most renowned plastic surgeons—and clientele—in the world, it takes immense training and sacrifice to be successful on Park Avenue. Dr. Cap Lesesne, an internationally known plastic surgeon whose clients you would recognize from movies, TV, and the covers of magazines—supermodels, royalty, rock stars, and the very, very rich—now takes us behind the scenes to reveal the lives of his patients and the intimate reasons for which they call on his services.

Privy to his patients’ greatest insecurities, fears, and desires, Dr. Lesesne writes of making them over in the image of their favorite celebrities; being flown to a secret location to perform surgery on a queen and her lady in waiting; performing last-minute liposuction to perfect a model just seventy-two hours before a photo shoot; trying to turn back the clock for mega-rich dowagers who have started dating someone younger; and dozens of other fascinating cases. Dr. Lesesne also reveals his own struggles and challenges, and the toll his career has taken on his personal life.

A riveting insider’s account, Confessions of a Park Avenue Plastic Surgeon puts an astonishing new face on this booming industry.

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In solo practice for over 20 years, Dr. Cap Lesesne (pronounced le-SAYN) is an internationally renowned plastic surgeon and also holds academic appointments at two teaching hospitals. He has also served on the executive committees of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Educated at Andover, Princeton, Duke, Stanford, and Cornell, he has consulted for ABC and NBC News as well as numerous publications including The New York Times, Tpwn and Country, Elle, and Vogue. Saks Fifth Avenue will soon launch a line of custom skincare products under his name.

From Publishers 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. (Oct.)
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