The highly touted television show, The Swan, was a ratings sensation. The viewers anxiously awaited the transformations of those first participants to reveal how plastic surgery, plumping and paralysis injections, new hairstyles, makeup artist, plus the latest and greatest up-market dental work changed their appearance. These “ugly ducklings” were not ugly but they had a burning desire, for whatever reason, to change their faces and their bodies.
Revisiting some of the original cast mates, we learn that not all of the participants have found long-term happiness with their new look. Perhaps it's because there were unrealistic expectations or a lack of psychological follow up; after all, the person peering back in the mirror has drastically and dramatically changed.
Some of the contestants endured up to seventeen procedures in a six week period of time; were the results as pleasant as the show producers wanted us to believe? Not always.
Here is how one contrasted reflected on her surgeries that were tread with complications: “Cosmetic surgery is 'only a quick fix' …
After multiple procedures was she happier, more beautiful and confident in her new appearance? No.
Lorrie is basically a recluse now and she regrets her decision to participate in the makeover show. She remarks those thinking of using plastic surgery by saying that she does not believe her new look was worth the cost because she continues to suffer from a botched thigh lift that left her once beautiful skin with a dented, sunken hole. Arias says that when she touches her eyebrows she feels it on the back of her scalp and her belly is numb. She can no longer comfortably lift her chin to tip her head back.
Lorrie Arias is not alone.
Even though reality shows are fun to watch, living the experience of multiple surgeries is entirely different. There are physical complications and there are emotional complications that may not be readily seen or discussed. These same complications and emotional upheavals dog the “regular” people, too, because opting for a surgical procedure to look younger, slimmer, more alluring or just refreshed, is not a walk in the park.
Surgery in every form is dangerous and should be considered the very last resort no matter the reason for altering your face or your body. Even if one breezes through the procedure, healing takes months and months, you may not like the results you see and the problematic risk of unique scarring, puckering of sutures, including infection, still remains.
The Swan was once called “the most sadistic reality series of the decade”. Would you believe Fox TV is considering another episode using celebrities? Not A-list celebs but those who would profit from television exposure.
Women on TV – newscasters, celebrities – usually want to look younger than their years and they know that their job demands eyes lids that do not sag, non-existent nasal labial folds and a visible chin line that does not droop.
So many women, whether in the entertainment business or not, who wants to look younger turn to plastic surgery hoping that procedures will somehow help them stop the aging process. You may or may not know that your face lasts to age even if it has been cut and sutured or plumped and paralleled with injections. Some injection procedures cause wrinkles, particularly “bunny lines” along the sides of the nose, when paralleled muscles can not act naturally.
Looking better and better and feeling great about your appearance is probably every woman's wish. Lorrie Arias wanted to feel better about her body and her face. Her two sons actively campaigned for her to join “The Swan” after her husband, the father of her children, suddenly passed away. No one thought this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity of free surgery and injections would produce lasting anguish and sorrow.
Lorrie is a tender-hearted, fragile woman who got used to a situation of multiple surgeries with no follow up from a television show that promised more than it delivered.
Choosing life altering surgery and injections hoping to create a youthful face and body can have long-lasting detrimental effects on your inner self. Not recognizing your face or realizing that you have scar tissue and areas of skin where no feeling or sensation is present can be troublesome, but if you have spent hard earned dollars on procedures that disappoint you, you, too, may feel that you have become the ugly swan.