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‘The Beauty Prescription’ Claims There’s Nothing Wrong with Cosmetic Surgery

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on August 10, 2008

While most of us continue to shell out hundreds, even thousands of dollars for skincare products, cosmetics and facial enhancement procedures each year, our obsession with beauty could be about more than meets the eye.

That’s what Beverly Hills dermatologist Debra Luftman and South Beach psychiatrist Eva Ritvo reveal in their book, The Beauty Prescription. The book attempts to explain that a positive self-image is typically the results of feeling and looking good, and that ‘Inner and outer beauty perfectly complement each other in a “beauty-brain loop”.’

Self worth, according to these authors, is based on a combination of individual qualities, self-care and overall body image. People who are deemed intrinsically beautiful are often self-confident and have several positive qualities. Still, keeping the hair, skin and body in great shape also play an important role in the genetic makeup of an ‘ideal’ beauty.

Pursuing cosmetic surgery for the right reasons is part of the ‘beauty prescription’, and going under the knife could provide a healthy boost in self-esteem for some people.

The Beauty Prescription touches upon several issues about today’s beauty standards and offers tips and advice for improving self-esteem from inside out.

The book contains tips on:

  • Quick fixes that can provide an instant ‘lift’
  • Common myths about cosmetic medicine
  • Insider information about cosmetic enhancement from select beauty editors and celebrities
  • Real life clinical examples of patients who have found solutions to both skincare and mental health problems

Watch the promotional video for the book on NBC Extra here:


2 Responses to “‘The Beauty Prescription’ Claims There’s Nothing Wrong with Cosmetic Surgery”

  1. Anti-cosmetic surgery arguments seem to be the rage these days, and I feel that is most unfortunate. I have heard many, from: “Search for your inner beauty”, “Be content with what mother nature provides”, “There should be more value to a person than just appearance.” To each of these arguments I partially agree, as I do believe that ultimately it is our values, contributions, humor, accomplishments, the quality of our relationships . . . that define us more than our physical appearance. But for those who contend that we should derive our self-esteem from what we achieve in life, rather than from our appearance, I need to qualify with a question of my own: Why must we view these two thoughts as mutually exclusive? Can’t we feel good about our appearance while still fulfilling ourselves as contributing members of society? Rather than viewing these two approaches as mutually exclusive, I believe they often work in tandem.

    In many cases, women have confided in me that after cosmetic surgery, their improved self-esteem has helped them become more outgoing, confident and productive, not less so. I can tell you this first hand, from my own experience as well as those of the over 100 women I interviewed for my book. Let’s keep cosmetic surgery in proper perspective. If done in moderation, for the right reasons, with the right surgeon, it can be a wonderful gift for a woman to give herself!

    Lois W. Stern
    Author of Sex, Lies and Cosmetic Surgery

  2. Yes, this article interesting.

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