Extreme Facial Lab
Plastic surgeon Dr. Drew Ordon is joined by beauty expert and author of The Beauty Cookbook, Kym Douglas, in The Doctors' Extreme Facial Lab. Kym offers treatment options to Tammy, Tina and Elizabeth, who each have different concerns about their complexion.
"What I usually hear from women is they feel like they have dull, lifeless skin," Kym says. "They want to get that glow, they want to be fresh and look younger."
Stacy, 32, hates the excessive sagging of her neck skin. "In a couple months, I'm getting married," she says. "When I met with my wedding photographer, I explained to him I just don't like my profile. [I told him to] just take the pictures at a certain angle and don't take the pictures if you see that big turkey neck."
Stacy visits plastic surgeon Dr. Gregory Mueller to rejuvenate her neck. He uses the iGuide system to sew the neck muscles together without large incisions or scarring. "It's like a shoelace that you place underneath the entire area under the jawline. It's in the space between the skin and the muscle," Dr. Mueller says. "It just lifts everything as a composite."
Dr. Mueller demonstrates how the procedure is performed.
"I'm very happy, I feel great," Stacy says. "I was awake throughout the procedure, and three days later, I went back to work. It was painless, and I'm excited. I'm getting married, and I can't wait to take my pictures!"
Search for Sight
Samantha, 18, was born with aniridia, a congenital absence of the iris in the eye, which causes her to have extreme sensitivity to sunlight.
"Unlike most of us who have an F-stop to the camera of our eye, where when we go into bright light, the pupil gets small and blocks the light," ophthalmologist Dr. Kerry Assil says, "people with aniridia, all the light showers them. It's 10-times worse than walking out of a dark theatre in the middle of a bright, sunny day."
To block the light from flooding her eyes, Samantha wears dark sunglasses whenever she goes outside. Samantha also suffers from glaucoma, high astigmatism, cataracts and high hyperopia, or severe farsightedness. "If you look into my eyes, at first glance, it seems like they're just really dark," she explains. "However, they're black, because all you're seeing is pupil, and the pupil is just a really big hole."
Dr. Assil explains that Samantha's many conditions cause her to be almost legally blind. He performs a number of procedures to help save her vision, including an iris implant, reshaping her cornea to correct her astigmatism and removing a cataract from her eye. See Samantha's dramatic results.
"Her prognosis is going to be excellent," Dr. Assil says. "This will enable her to live a life where she can see and therefore, support herself and be an asset to society, instead of a life where she was headed for blindness."
In addition to greatly improving her sight, the iris implant also gives Samantha color in her eyes. "I became really conceited after the surgery. I spend so much time in front of the mirror, it's not even funny," Samantha jokes. "It's pretty cool. I can't even begin to list the changes and effects it has had on my life. It's incredible."
Filling the Gap
Gapped teeth add character to a smile, but some people don't like the space. Host of Style Network's Clean House, comedienne Niecy Nash, is known for the gap between her front teeth, but in the past, she has considered sealing it.
"I even had my mother weigh in, and she said, 'I just don't think you're going to be as funny [without the gap],'" Niecy says. "I was like, 'I've got to make a living. I better leave it just like it is!'
"I like my imperfections," she adds. "I decided to keep my gap."
Her son, 18-year-old Dominic, has a similar gap, but feels differently about it. "It's not that I don't like the gap," he says. "It's really that I just need it to go away. It just doesn't fit for me ... A big part of it is for the ladies. I can't lie."
Cosmetic dentist Dr. Bill Dorfman applies Da Vinci veneers to close the gap in Dominic's teeth.
"Oh, Dominic," Niecy says after seeing her son's new smile. "You look like a grown man!"