How much does an extreme makeover cost?

Extreme Makeover Dos and Donts

"Beauty is only skin deep." Some social critics disapprove of the "Extreme Makeover" show, which 7,000 people auditioned for in 2003, and our society's focus on appearances (after all, there are broken levees, homeless people in Louisiana, and real-world problems to deal with.) They caution that the cancelled "Extreme Makeover" TV show and its copycats such as "The Swan" send a message of instant happiness and overcoming life's problems thanks to a tummy tuck, breast implants, makeup lessons and new hairdos.

We all know a healthy self-image isn't easy, and if you've been reading up on cosmetic surgery, you know it's not as painless as TV makes it seem--even the fictional "Nip/Tuck" acknowledges the downside of the business. Also, the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery cautioned in 2004 that the "Extreme Makeover" TV show left a false impression that getting multiple cosmetic surgery procedures isn't simple or something you should just rush into. It's still major surgery. If you're considering getting an extreme makeover, here are some pointers:

  • Don't expect to be instantly happy. Only you can make yourself happy and fulfilled--through strong connectiosn with family, friends and community, work, hobbies, personal growth and learning, fitness and health, community service, faith and spiritual life.
  • Don't get conceited. It's not pretty.
  • Don't do it unless you're serious about a major life change.
  • Don't do it without the support of family and friends. Support them in return--don't ignore them.
  • Don't expect critical friends and family to approve--they probably wouldn't anyway.

Stand up for what you believe in. Be confident. Our society does focus on appearances--but don't let the media kid you, they do as well. Occasionally though, we all come together and try to solve real problems, like flood devastation on the Gulf Coast or hunger in Africa. No one may notice your breast implants in the midst of a crisis, but everyone will see another helping hand. That said, there's still nothing wrong with doing something for yourself. Jean Kerr quipped, "I'm tired of all this nonsense about beauty being only skin-deep. That's deep enough. What do you want--an adorable pancreas?" (Quoted in CULINARYTHERAPY by Beverly West.)

Cost of an Extreme Makeover

A new you isn't cheap--of course, the old you was priceless! But how much does a new you cost and can you get financing? As we've mentioned, MediCredit and surgeon financing can help you pay for multiple procedures, and if you're a contestant on any "Extreme Makeover" show copycat, you won't have to pay for your transformation (or so you think.) But if you eschew cameras, the cost of a complete extreme makeover will probably be prohibitive for most patients, considering that facelifts and liposuction can cost thousands of dollars. Dr. Bruce Cunningham cautioned on the KARE-11 TV Today Show (Minnesota) that the cost of an extreme makeover can run $20,000-$40,000, which you probably won't be able to afford unless you're having reconstructive surgery, when insurance picks up the tab.

However, if you're determined to have an extreme makeover without applying to the "Extreme Makeover" show, consider just having a tummy tuck combined with liposuction, or a face and neck lift combined with a fitness regime makeover. Above all, if you're not in good condition, a plastic surgeon or a "Extreme Makeover" TV show copycat won't accept you, since the cost for you and for them could be more than anyone is willing to pay. If you're determined to get a "new you," check your financing options and set realistic goals--do you need a full-body makeover or will you look and feel better with a partial as well as diet and exercise? After all, you can't enjoy a "new you" if the power company has turned off the lights, or if you're not healthy in the first place. Sometimes being happpy and grateful is the best makeover.

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The fat appears to be dissolving in the cheeks of my face. It started about five months ago and has given me a very sunken appearance. Eight months ago I had a sinus lift and extensive dental work. Both the surgeon and dentist say the two are not related. Can you help?

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