After 15 years in practice, Smithtown, NY facial plastic surgeon James C. Marotta, MD hears one unsettling (yet common) concern from his patients, as many tell him they express shame and guilt about wanting to change their appearance. “They second-guess themselves and worry about seeming superficial,” he says. “They’re afraid of being judged by friends and family.”
It’s that emotional-psychological connection that sparked Dr. Marotta to write a book, “You’re Not a Vanity Purchase: Why You Shouldn’t Feel Bad About Looking Good,” debuting this month. Dr. Marotta recently sat down with us to share what readers—and potential surgery candidates considering a treatment who may share similar thoughts—can expect as key takeaways.