The homely housewife transformed in a magical hour into a drop-dead beauty queen and pitted, in a Miss America-type pageant, against a whole bevy of other made-over beauties — it's an unhealthy, trivializing twist on a very serious subject, warn plastic surgeons.
By their frivolous treatment of the topic, some TV shows can miss the point of plastic surgery, says Patrick Hudson, M.D. The Albuquerque, N.M., plastic surgeon favors the makeover programs that make self-satisfaction — not one-upping other after-surgery contestants — the ultimate prize. Hudson fears that some shows also set up unrealistic expectations of plastic surgery's potential, and underplay the procedures' risks and recovery times.
It's important to present the real face of plastic surgery, Hudson says, because unidealized hopes, as much as successful surgical results, can be the difference between a patient pleased with life after surgery and one who’s sorely disappointed.