Look around at the "trout pout" lips and "wind tunnel" facelifts, the Kabuki zone of expressionless brows, the gravity-defying fronts and rears and rows of paint-white teeth — and you know it's a full-body job site out there.
Alex Kuczynski started when she was twenty-eight, and didn't stop nipping and pumping for ten years. Couldn't stop. Now she's telling her story, and much of the country's.
Hear about addicted to the next "procedure" — tales of a cosmetic surgery junkie.
Alex Kuczynski, columnist for the Styles section of the New York Times. Her new book is "Beauty Junkies: Inside our $15 Billion Obsession with Cosmetic Surgery."
Quotes from the Show:
"The way that health insurance and doctors manage their business have partially led to our obsession with cosmetic surgery." Alex Kuczynski
"A lot of doctors offer botox as a prophylactic." Alex Kuczynski
"Doctors weed out the patients they think will come back complaining about the results." Alex Kuczynski
"My problem was a mania for maintaining youth." Alex Kuczynski
"We live in an era of image. Our image is our calling card." Alex Kuczynski
This program aired on October 31, 2006.