You hate cameras--you didn't even want your mom to videotape your school play in first grade. You'd like an extreme makeover, but you don't want to put yourself through TV humiliation. You can have an extreme makeover without applying for an "Extreme Makeover" TV show copycat--we say copycat because ABC has cancelled its controversial program. But as usual, television has started a trend. There are several surgeons who will perform an extreme makeover. From Newport Beach, California, to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, you can search for extreme meakeover specialists. An extreme makeover usually involves: Breast implants/reduction Facelift Tummy tuck Liposuction Smile makeover Laser resurfacing Brow and eyelid surgery Treatment of spider veins
Note that extreme makeover procedures in a cosmetic surgery center won't provide the hair and the makeup revamping that the "Extreme Makeover" show provided. But if you're guarding your privacy, you might just want to get a salon referral. Also remember that if you choose a plastic surgeon for an extreme makeover, be doubly sure of his credentials.
Ask how much experience he has in extreme makeovers. It's also a good idea to ask yourself whether you're getting an extreme makeover because, say, you had a life-threatening illness and need a change in your appearance, or because you feel insecure even though people say you're beautiful. Remember, most plastic surgeons consider the inside as well as the outside (what a concept), especially with an extreme makeover.
Lastly, if you don't like the spotlight, be prepared: If your extreme makeover succeeds, you may not be able to walk down the street without people stopping you and saying, "You look marvelous!" Try not to chase them off like a star avoiding the paparazzi.
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|Sheri Ann Richerson|