Yesterday I taped an interview that will be aired shortly on Good Morning America. A week ago there was an article in the New York Post about "Revenge Plastic Surgery" which cited a British study that claimed a high percentage of divorcees that seek out make-overs to get back at the spouse that jilted them. I think this "high percentage" is overstated as, in our practice, we see patients seeking "revenge" only infrequently. More commonly we see patients who are recently divorced who find themselves suddenly, and often unexpectedly, thrown back into the dating pool. Not that these same men and women didn't maintain their looks or care about their appearance, it's just that much more important to their self esteem now. When a patient comes for a consultation in the midst of a divorce, or just after a spouse has walked out, the anger and bitterness will often cloud judgement about their appearance, confidence or need for surgery. It's one of those times that a few months "cooling off" period is not a bad idea and it's usually what I suggest to a patient before jumping into surgery. Patient's do desire surgical rejuvenation following the break up of a marriageto make themselves more attractive or marketable, but the motivation is rarely revenge.