What Trauma Does To The Brain

My new book, Childhood Abuse, Body Shame, and Addictive Plastic Surgery – The Face of Trauma, is not just a plastic surgery book.  It is largely a book about how childhood abuse and neglect can distort thinking.  Severely abused people have portions of their brains that never develop.  Thinking and memory become distorted.  These tortured […]

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Seeing Evidence of Trauma

Yesterday morning a young, attractive, very accomplished woman came to see me in consultation about revision rhinoplasty.  She had undergone what was a conservative surgery with a satisfactory result.  Though she had some changes that she didn’t expect and though some airway and contour improvements were possible, the surgeon had done a very competent job. […]

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Why The Effects of Trauma Are So Complicated

Have you ever been in an argument where the person you are arguing with, or perhaps you yourself, began to sound like a teenager?  “You started it!”  “No, you started!”  Does this remind you of seventh grade? This is obviously not normal adult speaking or thinking.  But it can be explained by old wounds that […]

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How To Interpret Some Bad Reviews on the Internet

Some of the most unhappy stories on the Internet are totally real to the writers, but still reflect distorted thinking.  Think, for example, of people who allege that their plastic surgeons destroyed their lives, ruined their relationships with families and friends, made them ugly, or were monsters that treated them cruelly. Certainly not all surgeons […]

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Why I Wrote “Childhood Abuse, Body Shame, and Addictive Plastic Surgery: The Face of Trauma” …

…..  and How I Became Interested in Body Dysmorphic Disorder. In fact, I did not start out to write a book.  I started out trying to understand why some patients who got good results that achieved exactly what they had requested could be so unhappy postoperatively.  In the mid-1980’s, I operated on three such patients without […]

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