Plastic Surgery on TV — Don’t Believe the Hype

Plastic surgery themed reality shows are a fairly new phenomenon, popular , I believe, because of people’s curiosity about plastic surgery and the excitement of a “transformation.” The problem with these shows is, thanks to the magic of television, the transformation is often portrayed as quick and easy with instant results that go beyond the patient’s wildest dreams. I have always disliked the way that these shows downplay the serious nature of plastic surgery, but the latest addition to the lineup takes the genre to a new low.

“Bridalplasty” features a group of bride-to-be contestants competing in wedding-themed challenges to earn plastic surgery procedures from a “wish list” that they have created. The winner gets every procedure on her wish list to become “the perfect bride.” There are so many things wrong with this I don’t even know where to start.

Awarding plastic surgery as a prize in a game trivializes the complexity of these procedures, the integrity of the patients, and the ethics and training of plastic surgeons as a whole. Phoenix area patients who come to the Scottsdale Center for Plastic Surgery know that I consider plastic surgery to be an important decision that requires careful consideration and planning. Only a person with realistic expectations and sound motives should have cosmetic surgery. Personally, I would have serious reservations about operating on any woman who thought a laundry list of surgical procedures would make her “the perfect bride.”

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