About Sex, Lies and Cosmetic Surgery:

Things You’ll Never Learn From Your Plastic Surgeon


Photos of the East Hampton Gala Literary Event -

a fundraiser that raised over $200,000. for this library. All books generously donated by the publishers. Authors donated their time, autographs and friendly conversation! 

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Book Revue - Huntington NY

The Greens - Half Hollow Hills NY

New Voices Book Store - NYC, NY

A  Gala Event with Lois W. Stern

Lois displays her books,  right next to Nobel Award economist, Joseph Stiglitz (Free Fall)

Inside the big tent - Jay McInerny in foreground                                   

About the Author

Presentation at Infinity Publishing Conference

When I was 4 ½ years old, I remember being sent to my room for a nap, but instead of resting, I practiced printing alphabet letters - all over my newly papered bedroom wall. What I most recall about that day was having to stand behind the dinette door, perched right next to my mother’s old Singer sewing machine, until I apologized for my misbehavior. I couldn’t understand why I was being punished for all my hard work, so I stood there for what seemed like hours rather than say the simple words: I’m sorry. Fortunately this inauspicious beginning didn't dull my enthusiasm for writing.”

During my twenty plus years as an educator, I took an active role in this field as a frequent presenter at state and national educational conferences. Co-president of Suffolk Reading Council and subsequent Regional Director of Nassau and Suffolk LI Reading Councils, a number of my articles have been published by ERIC (U.S. Department of Education - Office of Educational Research and Improvement), parent newsletters, Newsday and the New York Times. As founder of a personalized book company, I authored children's books and poems that become personalized with facts and photos about each child.

After retirement from education, I continued to pursue my love for writing, and soon became co-editor of a Long Island Internet web-zine, LI EYE. As I created and authored the column: Ordinary People, Extraordinary Lives, I rediscovered my special niche of investigative journalism, and put those same talents to work in my book, Sex, Lies and Cosmetic Surgery, where I was able to gain the trust of over one hundred women while interviewing them about some of the most intimate aspects of their lives.

I received a Bachelor of Science degree from Barnard College of Columbia University, where I majored in Sociology. I hold one Masters Degree in Elementary Education and a second in Reading and Special Education. I have now completed my second book, Tick, Tock, Stop the Clock. – Getting Pretty on Your Lunch Hour.

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Lois and Candace Bushnell

Listen to author Lois W. Stern share her thoughts on plastic surgery

in these quick excerpts from interviews with

How Lois got into Plastic (Cosmetic) Surgery to begin with

(a back door entrance)

Reasons women undergo cosmetic surgery

How the book, Sex, Lies and Cosmetic Surgery got started

(a curious beginning)

How to select your plastic surgeon and avoid Plastic Surgery gone wrong  (Some words of advice from this author: Remember, you’re not buying a pair of shoes here.)

Lois talks about her facelift surgery experience, with post-surgery feelings of both exhilaration and guilt!

Sex, Lies and Cosmetic Surgery begins as a memoir, but later expands to include other women’s plastic surgery stories

(gained through interviews with over 100 women)

Sexuality after plastic surgery

(Yes, it’s true! Some of us afterwards really do have a better time!)

What Lois learned from her interviews with other women

(no subject was too intimate - even their sex lives!)

  Is cosmetic plastic surgery still a hush, hush secret for some?

  How and why?


  Reasons women give for NOT undergoing plastic surgery

  (values, fears and priorities)

  Falling in love with your plastic surgeon. What’s it all about?

  Body Dysmorphic Disorder - What Is BDD? What does research tells us?

  (Is there a relationship between BDD and cosmetic surgery?)

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