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Nicole Audrey Spector is a Brooklyn-based freelance writer and editor whose work has appeared in the Atlantic, VICE, Salon, The Village Voice, and The London Times among many others. She’s currently a contributing writer for NBC News and, and from 2012-2015 was a contributing writer for the New Yorker’s nightlife section with a focus on music. In 2013 her first novel, the satirical mash-up “Fifty Shades of Dorian Gray” was published in the U.S by Skyhorse and went on to sell in the U.K, France, and Russia.


While the specifics of what drives doctors to pursue plastic surgery may vary, they do tend to share one thing in common: the gratification that comes with changing someone’s life for the better. Ask a child what they want to be when they grow up and it’s highly unlikely they’ll tell you “I’m going to be a plastic surgeon.” Yet…

plastic surgeon dr micheal burgdorf

Medical professionals are driven by a deep desire to improve their patients' lives, and plastic surgeons are no exception. We asked ten plastic surgeons to describe defining moments in their careers - epiphanies that will forever remind them of the positive impact their work can have on patients' lives. They answered our questions with humility and grace, recalling many cases where patients…

body dysmorpia

Addressing cosmetic concerns, treating injuries, and recognizing psychological issues that require professional counselling make plastic surgery a tricky line of work. And while no one has the right to question another person's insecurities, plastic surgeons, like all doctors, bear the responsibility of refusing to work with patients they've determined unsuitable candidates for any given procedure. “A good plastic surgeon is someone who can say 'no'”…

baby boomers

Once dubbed the “Me Generation” by writer Tom Wolfe, baby boomers have always had a soft spot for self-fulfillment. They were the flower power kids of the ‘60s, the disco darlings of the ‘70s, and eventually the new moms and dads of the ‘80s and ‘90s with snazzy cars and credit cards. Now that they're middle-aged (52 to 70), boomers…

plastic surgery selfie

Recently the New York Post ran an article describing a spike in interest, particularly among millennials, in watching plastic surgeries shared on Snapchat’s multimedia messaging app. “Millennials are binge-watching surgeries on Snapchat,” was the provocative headline. Zwivel spoke with several prominent plastic surgeons to find out what they think about the trend, and to learn more about how they use…

plastic surgery for career advancement

Doctors report that an increasing number of patients are requesting cosmetic procedures because they want to remain competitive in the workplace. Not so long ago, plastic surgery was associated primarily with wealthy women of a certain age, but in recent years that stereotype has died out: men and women as young as their late twenties are now undergoing cosmetic procedures,…

mother and daughter talk about plastic surgeon

I’ve never had plastic surgery, but I’ve thought about it. And every time I’ve voiced any such thoughts to friends or family, they’ve rolled their eyes at me. “You’re crazy,” they say. “What is wrong with you?” These are hardly helpful responses. I don’t push the conversation but still, I can’t help but wonder - and what if I were serious…

Vloggers are sharing their stories with millions of viewers. This is what I learned from watching them. I’ve always been intrigued by those who have undergone plastic surgery and are open and even enthusiastic to discuss the procedure with people they scarcely know. My interest may stem from a small but impactful incident that occurred when I was 16 years…

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