Southern Beauty: Dr. Chip Cole’s Face Change Demystifies Cosmetic Surgery

If you’re thinking about having any sort of cosmetic surgery, Dr. Harvey “Chip” Cole III, MD, FACS has written the book you’ll want to read. Having performed 25,000 surgeries since opening Atlanta’s Oculus 20 years ago, in his new book Face Change, Dr. Cole takes readers step by step through the cosmetic surgery process, explaining what they should expect of their doctors, expect from the surgery, and how they can expect their body to react as they age- with or without surgery.

Written in a conversational yet informative tone, as I was reading the book, I had to remind myself that this advice, as simplistic as it was in explanation, was coming from an expert- a doctor, who has taken something as intimidating as a life-changing operation and broken it down into just over 300 pages of facts, tips, pointers, advisories, and checklists for prospective patients to follow.

While I’m sure Oculus Plastic Surgery is accepting new patients, Face Change isn’t written as a recruitment tool for the practice. The easy-to-take advice, some of which seems like common sense (but good reminders nonetheless), is aimed at anyone and everyone, not those looking to specifically have Dr. Cole as their doctor.

Starting with the first chapter of the book, Dr. Cole looks back at the history of cosmetic surgery and looks forward toward a patient’s surgery, discussing the psychology behind why humans are attracted to certain looks and offering advice to patients to look in before looking outward toward a doctor to “fix” their perceived imperfection.

Once you’ve decided to consult a doctor, how do you know which one to choose? Dr. Cole gives quick tips on how to get a feel for the doctor, medical office, and office staff- all of which play key roles in your surgery even if they’re not in the operating room with you.

The following chapters highlight the aging process and offer advice for everyone from teenagers to those later in life looking to achieve their best look. While surgery is the focus of the book, Dr. Cole frequently notes that a pull, snip, or tuck isn’t the only thing that can help your body image- diet, exercise, and eating properly are all part of looking and feeling your best.

Because cosmetic surgery isn’t just for women, Dr. Cole has written the book gender neutral in many ways but also devotes an entire chapter to male hygiene, grooming, and surgeries. I especially love the sections where he points out clothing and accessory choices for men.

The last half of the book details 24 surgical and non-surgical procedures that are commonly performed. Lacking surgical shots that may make some squeamish, the book relies heavily on before and after photos while detailing the procedure, usual cost of the procedure, and post-procedure recovery time.

If you’re considering any sort of cosmetic surgery, Dr. Cole’s book is a must-read. Face Change is one of those books that will end up dog-eared and passed around among groups of friends for years to come.

*100% of the proceeds from Face Change go to the organization FaceChange which helps troubled teens.

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