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Year of 'Extreme Makeovers'

Today's plastic surgery is quick, with little downtime, and affordable.

WebMD Feature

This year, plastic surgery came out of the closet. Extreme Makeovers debuted on prime time TV, and Americans ate it up.

Millions watched as Jeff underwent body-contouring surgery after losing some 150 pounds. Surgeons sculpted him into a new man, carving one foot of droopy flesh from his waistline alone.

Tammy literally glowed after her renovation: eyebrow lift, eye surgery, nose job, countless facial treatments, breast implants, and liposuction. Tooth bleaching, too, was part of her redo -- another trend that exploded this year.

Indeed, it seems the American consciousness has turned a corner. Plastic surgery has lost some of its secrecy. In coffee bars, Pilates classes, and doctors offices across the country, people talked about the "stars" of Extreme Makeovers -- the regular Joes who drew a lucky, all-expenses-paid, head-to-toe makeover.

But there's hope for the rest of us, too. Most plastic surgeons accept plastic.

"Plastic surgery is no longer just for the rich and famous ... it's affordable for anyone who wants to look and feel as good as they can," Rod J. Rohrich, MD, president of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, tells WebMD.

"We're seeing younger patients, and they want maximum results with minimum recovery -- and with Botox and fillers, with noninvasive techniques, we can do that," says Rohrich, who is also chairman of the department of plastic surgery at University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas.

"We're living in the era of age management ... baby boomers don't want to get old, and if they're healthy, they're good candidates for plastic surgery," he says.

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