'The Beauty Prescription' Claims There's Nothing Wrong with Cosmetic Surgery

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:


Further Reading

  • Motivated by his wife and kids, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, who once called himself “the healthiest fat guy you’ve ever seen”, disclosed Tuesday he secretly underwent Gastric Banding (Lap Band Surgery) on February 16, 2013, performed by Dr. George Fielding, head of NYU Medical Center’s Weight Management Program.

  • Sound Surgical Technologies, the company behind Vaser Liposelection the Vaser ultrasound device, has developed the VaserShape system, a non-surgical device that helps reduce cellulite and inches in certain areas of the body. The VaserShape device is a non-invasive body contouring system powered by ultrasonic laser. The device is designed to disrupt fat cells beneath the skin by delivering ultrasound energy deep into the skin’s tissues.

  • Women who want to squeeze into their favorite pair of high heels but can’t find the perfect fit do have the option of undergoing cosmetic foot surgery. This procedure is designed to sculpt and shape the foot by lengthening or trimming the toes, and may also help to remove painful bunions and other growths that are causing pain around the feet and ankles.