Laurence Kirwan MD FRCS is one of the world’s leading cosmetic surgeons. Now he lifts the lid on the world of cosmetic surgery in his new book, Cutting Edge, a candid and controversial publication that is certain to have celebrities quaking in their Manolos.
Cutting Edge is the first publication of its kind to tell the truth about the pervasiveness of plastic surgery amongst those in the public eye. The book performs a biopsy on contemporary ideals of beauty and describes how cosmetic surgery is shaping modern attitudes towards aesthetics of the body. Using acerbic language Dr Kirwan also reveals exactly who has been nipped and tucked, who’s had success, who should have stayed well clear of the knife and who would benefit from an appointment in his consulting room. No celebrity is safe as he examines those who have admitted having work done and reveals the truth about those who have denied it.
On Sharon Stone: ‘She has most certainly had an excellent facelift quite recently.’
On Michelle Pfeiffer: ‘She’s just got better and better….she’s had the works done: breasts, a facelift and browlift…nose tweaked and lips puffed up.’
On Jerry Hall: ‘Her browlift is so badly done it looks like she’s balding….’
On Madonna: ‘I’d like to get her to an orthodontist…she’s had a facelift and a nose job, it was horrible before.’
On Jordan: ‘A sad case…her breasts are an abomination.’
On Prince Charles: ‘He looks like he’s already had a hair transplant, and his ears were pinned
back. As a physical specimen, there is no hope.’
On Halle Berry: 'She has had the tip of her nose done. She has had a couple of operations to refine it, since it was bulbous to start with.'
On Kylie: 'She's had her lips plumped up and breast implants. Right now, she needs her upper eyelids done.'
Cutting Edge reveals some of the gossip from inside the closed world of plastic surgery, including rumours of how surgeons often pretend to operate on a top music star in order to satisfy his addition to surgery, why and how celebrities appear to be perennially beautiful and how we can all compete in the looks stakes. He also divulges key information that the cosmetic industry giants don’t want you to know including which mainstream treatments work and which are useless, as well as breaking down the details and costs of the various treatments on offer.
Above all, the book offers a philosophy for living in our image obsessed age and is a celebration of beauty in all its imperfections, asymmetries and humanness.
Cutting Edge is published by Artnik, price £14.99
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