Ten thousand applicants tried for a spot on Extreme Makeover's second season. The popular T.V. show is one in a line of many other reality programs and primetime dramas that take a look at the world of cosmetic surgery. On Extreme Makeover, participants are away from their families for several weeks, during which time they undergo a number of different cosmetic procedures, and meet with personal trainers and fashion consultants who teach them how to uphold their improved look. A good portion of the weeks away is spent recovering from surgery and working with makeover specialists.
The show emphasizes the willingness of the participants to stick to a regimented exercise and diet plan. Also, because the surgeons used for the show are given final veto power over the participants, they have realistic expectations of what will happen after surgery and are willing to do whatever it takes.