The Atlanta Journal and Constitution
What DO you get for $9,300?
Byline: MARLON MANUEL STAFF
Politics, at times, is about saving face --- not paying for one.
Linda Schrenko may be confronted with both.
On Wednesday, a federal indictment charged that the former Georgia school superintendent and past gubernatorial candidate stole $500,000 in taxpayer money.
The 18-count indictment contends that Schrenko, who acknowledged two years ago that she had a face-lift, spent $9,300 of the money on cosmetic surgery.
But for anyone with $9,300 to spend on a nip and tuck, how far will her dollar --- let alone her face --- stretch? Plastic surgeons provided us with a buyers guide to surgical makeover.
--- Marlon Manuel
$9,300: Could spend the whole kitty tightening the eyebrows and lifting the eyelids, upper and lower. If you wanted to spread your $9,300 out, consider skipping the browlift and fork over about $5,000 for a lid lift, saving the rest for the lower part of the face. Could also spend $300 per Botox treatment.
$5,000: Adjusting the honker blows a lot of dough. Unlikely that a 54-year-old woman would get a nose job. Advice: Save your cash.
$8,000: Resculpting or removing fat pads in the cheeks and reducing rooster neck constitutes the basic face-lift. Quotes across the country could range from $5,000 (new surgeon trying to get business) to $40,000 (name brand doc). Surgery with a hospital visit costs more.
Sources: Atlanta plastic surgeons Drs. Diane Alexander, Sheldon M. Lincenberg and Arthur Simon
2002 Schrenko cosmetic surgery
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