A new reality program Bridalsplasty is set to hit Australian screens this year. The idea behind the series is really quite repulsive.  It sets young brides to be with low self esteem and body images issues against each other in a competition to change the way they look. The winner gets a major plastic surgery makeover before her wedding day.

As each contestant is eliminated the host, a former model and Playmate herself, smiles and declares “Your wedding will go on, it just may not be perfect”.

These 12 women are put through tasteless tasks; the prize for each task is a procedure, with everything from botox to fat suction up for grabs.

However Australian experts have warned that such adoration of extreme surgery procedures could add to mental health problems among vulnerable viewers. Young women with body image issues could feel that unless they look physically perfect no one will want to marry them and that without these procedures they cannot have a wonderful wedding day.

According to the Sydney Morning Herald, Professor David Forbes of the School of Paedeatrics and Child Health at the University of Western Australia, who consults with the WA government on issues surrounding the media and body image, said susceptible people watching the program could get the wrong message.

“The pursuit of bodily perfection is an unrealistic dream and none of us are ever perfect, and if a few of us approach it they don’t remain perfect,” Professor Forbes said.

“What is more important is the pursuit of accepting yourself and satisfaction with who you are. That disturbance in body image and dissatisfaction with body image is extremely harmful to young people and their successful relationships and achieving their life’s goals.”

While Dr Mark Hanikeri, of the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons cautioned that anyone considering a procedure that involved surgery should not enter into it lightly.

“I always stress that surgical procedures are often a significant life event and are not without risk. People should be informed that surgical procedures are for life and not for one day.” he said.

Dr Hanikeri added “Some people come with unrealistic expectations having seen programs on television that deliver results in days or weeks with minimal risk and little swelling.”

He continued “Others see programs that deliver results during the course of a one-hour show, although the show may span three to six months of recovery. They believe that the results are virtually instantaneous when this is not the case.”

Writer Helen Splarn. Editor Dr Ramesh Manocha.
Source: Sydney Morning Herald