Open, honest, straightforward, and entertaining are not the words one generally associates with writing about cosmetic surgery, but they are exactly the qualities that make Helen Bransford's Welcome to Your Facelift unique.
At the age of 47, and married to a man (writer Jay McInerny) seven years her junior, she decided it was time to recapture that face she no longer saw when looking in the mirror. Her surgery involved a "touch of lipo" under the chin, a forehead peel, an upper eyelid tuck, dermabrasion under the eyes, and a standard lift, and she chronicles it all-with sage advice from the veteran to the uninitiated-from initial decision to that moment, a month after the event, when she was "dead certain" she'd done the right thing. For those who don't know anyone who's been through it, Helen Bransford will be that best friend who tells you what it's really like and what you should do to prepare.
To augment her own story, Helen has interviewed doctors and other patients, adding their expertise and experiences to her own. She has researched every procedure from the most common eye lift to state-of-the-art ultrasonic liposuction, and she reports from the cosmetic surgery trenches with authority, understanding, and above all the awareness that "the entire exercise deals with the superficial, so you should consider no detail too trite."