Tuesday, November 14th, 2006
The ABC television show “Extreme Makeover” has returned to national TV…only to be yanked off the air after one episode. It had one low-rated airing this past Friday night, and has since been cancelled. How could this be?
Plastic surgery has now evolved from the at-times-hideous display of completely changing how someone looks. Good plastic surgery now involves more natural results, hidden scars, and above all, retaining the essence of who a person is. Most patients don’t want to look like someone else. They want to look like a better version of themselves. That’s what the top plastic surgeons now strive to do, not create a Barbie Doll carbon copy of the same “The Swan” contestant with over-arched eyebrows, DD breasts, plumped up lips, and long, flowing hair.
If I had a patient who looked in the mirror after surgery, put their hands to the side of their face like Macaulay Culkin in “Home Alone” and started screaming at the top of their lungs, I would be a tad bit concerned.
There still remains at least one major plastic surgery reality show on the air. “Extreme Makeover” is no “Dr. 90210.”
Wednesday, August 9th, 2006
I was excited to see the first episode of the new Extreme Makeover this past Thursday night on ABC. Unfortunately, ABC cancelled it at the last minute and instead broadcast reruns of Gray’s Anatomy. Bummer. Although I am partial to E!’s Dr. 90210, I do hope ABC finds a spot on their schedule for this show. I am not as fond of the Swan, which I thought was more of a freakshow. This was filmed during the time I was practicing in Beverly Hills. At the time I heard rumors of major complications in some of the Swan’s contestants, who had apparently been overoperated on. This information never made it to the show’s broadcast. Although I haven’t heard official word about this, I do believe that the Swan’s propensity to make everyone look the same (Overarched eyebrows, long curly hair, big lips, large chest, and tiny waist) was a bit disturbing. It is important to retain some of the characteristics that make each of us unique, otherwise everyone will end up looking like Brad Pitt and Pamela Anderson (or Burt Reynolds and Joan Rivers).