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Plastic surgery TV shows

January 1, 2009 by  

Cosmetic surgery TV has taken over! Over the last few years, there have been more plastic surgery television shows than ever before. Not just people on “regular” shows that have undergone cosmetic procedures, but rather the concept of plastic surgery being the focus of the show.

The influence of these types of TV shows is unmistakable. Just like extensive coverage of celebrities online and in other media has lead to fashion and style changes, so to do the trends in cosmetic procedures increase.

Here is a brief run down of what you may have been missing!

Nip/Tuck (FX)

Nip/Tuck is about two plastic surgeons and their (apparently) based-on-real-life-event stories. The setting is initially Miami and then LA. The show has been nominated for and/or won many Emmy and Golden Globe awards. The marketing tagline for the show brags: “Change what you can. Hide what you can’t..”

Extreme Makeover (ABC)

Extreme Makeover is a reality TV show where people volunteer to undergo cosmetic surgery as well as initiate changes in their looks and lifestyles. Many makeovers were impressive but the show did have at least one unhappy contestant who sued the show’s producers. There was also an ongoing spin-off called Extreme Makeovers: Home Edition where people’s homes were updated.

Dr. 90210 (E!)

Beverly Hills 90210 made the zip code famous and Dr. 90210 kept it in our fresh in our minds! This reality TV show actually features multiple Los Angeles-based plastic surgeons.

The Swan (FOX)

This is another reality TV show where people volunteer to go under the knife. Contestants had 3 months to go from average Jane to becoming The Swan.

Plastic Surgery: Before and After (TLC)

Plastic Surgery: Before and After is a reality show that focuses on radical reconstructive plastic surgery procedures. Unlike many of the other cosmetic surgery TV shows, this one really emphasizes the personal lives of people who want to change the way they look.

Plastic Surgery Beverly Hills (Discovery Channel)

Another reality TV show following cosmetic surgeons.

I Want a Famous Face (MTV)

If it’s one thing this show does, it acts as a comemrcial for cosmetic surgery among the younger crowd. In this reality show, people change their physical appearance to look like celebrities.

Miami Slice (Bravo)

Miami Slice is a mini-series about the lives of plastic surgeons in Miami.

Brand New You (Five/UK)

British women who want bodily changes are sent to – where else – Beverly Hills! Plastic surgery is performed and their brand new life begins…

Cosmetic Surgery Live (Five/UK)

Viewers could send in their photos and have them reviewed by cosmetic surgeons.

Make Me Perfect (UK)

Title says it all! LOL!

10 Years Younger (TLC)

Volunteers enter a box in New York and Los Angeles and get rated by people walking by. They get cosmetic procedures and return for more ratings.


  1. Natoshia78

    Is ABC’s Plastic surgery show extreme makeover returning? Does anyone know?

    October 5th, 2009 6:51 pm

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