“A Little Work” will hit bookstores Oct. 19.

NEW YORK — In a world dominated by extreme makeover television shows, Z. Paul Lorenc, M.D., F.A.C.S., is positioning himself as a plastic surgeon with a conscience. His new book, “A Little Work: Behind the Doors of a Park Avenue Plastic...

NEW YORK — In a world dominated by extreme makeover television shows, Z. Paul Lorenc, M.D., F.A.C.S., is positioning himself as a plastic surgeon with a conscience. His new book, “A Little Work: Behind the Doors of a Park Avenue Plastic Surgeon,” due out in stores Oct. 19, aims to cut through the hype of one of America’s latest obsessions.

“A Little Work,” written in a straightforward — and at times humorous — tone, discusses when people ought to pony up the money for plastic surgery (usually when resolve has replaced indecision); highlights celebrity catastrophes (think David Guest); dispels common plastic surgery myths, and includes “The Never List,” which offers advice such as “Never shop for a bargain.”

“I wanted to provide a reality check on the misinformation out there,” said Lorenc, during a phone interview in between surgeries from his private practice on Park Avenue. Lorenc hopes to encourage those interested in going under the knife to err on the side of caution — particularly those with overblown expectations, and do their research, such as checking the qualifications and level of accreditation of the facility and finding out who will be administering the anesthesia.

Lorenc will host a book signing Oct. 20 at the Barnes & Noble bookstore near Lincoln Center.

This story first appeared in the September 3, 2004 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.