Outsmarting Mother Nature
A Woman's Complete Guide to Plastic Surgery
by Iliana E. Sweis, MD, FACS
April 2010, 275pp, 6 1/8x9 1/4
1 volume, Praeger

Hardcover: 978-0-313-38614-5
$55, £43, 48€, A76
eBook Available: 978-0-313-38615-2
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From Botox treatments and breast enlargements to tummy tucks and liposuction, Americans love plastic surgery. More than 11 million procedures are performed in the United States each year, with people paying upwards of $13 billion out of pocket for this increasingly popular method of nurturing one’s self-esteem.

This concise, educational, and thorough reference will educate women who are contemplating, undergoing, or recovering from plastic surgery.

In Outsmarting Mother Nature: A Woman’s Complete Guide to Plastic Surgery in the 21st Century, a female plastic surgeon explains all the major procedures in cosmetic surgery, offering frank insights into both physical and psychological issues and expectations. Dr. Iliana Sweis, who not only performs but has undergone cosmetic procedures, details the stages most women will go through from the time they begin to contemplate plastic surgery. The book explains how one can best prepare for a procedure, what to expect during the actual surgery, and how to handle the healing phase.

The first several chapters discuss the emotional aspects underlying the desire to undergo plastic surgery, including its social and professional impacts. Each of the subsequent chapters is devoted to individual plastic surgery procedures in significant detail, using a question-and-answer format. Case studies illustrate what cosmetic procedures can, and cannot, accomplish—and the reality checks that need to be in place as part of the decision to proceed.


  • Over 100 entries cover the major plastic surgery procedures currently being performed
  • Case studies demonstrate what cosmetic procedures can, and can not, accomplish
  • More than 50 graphics from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons illustrate procedures
  • A question-and-answer format allows an easier comprehension of medical information
  • An appendix explains how to find and choose a plastic surgeon and what questions to ask
Iliana E. Sweis, MD, FACS, is a board-certified plastic surgeon and fellow of the American College of Surgeons. She is clinical assistant professor of surgery at the University of Illinois at Chicago and a member of the Board of Directors of the Illinois Society of Plastic Surgeons. Dr. Sweis completed her training in plastic surgery at Northwestern University School of Medicine. Her experience and skill have earned her many distinguished honors, including being selected on numerous occasions as one of the top plastic surgeons in the country by the Consumers’ Research Council of America. She is also founder and president of the Royal Service Children’s Foundation, an organization sponsored and supported by the late King Hussein of Jordan, which has led medical missions to the Middle East to perform surgery on those in need. Dr. Sweis has been in private practice since 1997 and focuses exclusively on surgical and non-surgical facial rejuvenation, breast enhancement, and body contouring. She practices in Northbrook, Illinois, and in downtown Chicago.
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