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Tuesday, January 17, 2006



The Atlanta Journal and Constitution



11-12-2004



What DO you get for $9,300?

Byline: MARLON MANUEL STAFF

Edition: Home

Section: Living



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



UPPER



$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.



MIDDLE



$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.



LOWER



$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



Illustrations/Photos:

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Mannequin

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2002 Schrenko cosmetic surgery

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1998 Schrenko



(Copyright, The Atlanta Journal and Constitution - 2004)