Extreme Makeover™- Season 3, Episode 15
Date Aired: 3/03/05
Fritz is a hard working, nice guy from Minnesota. After his dad died, and his brothers moved away, he decided to run the family farm. He met his fiancé Christy as she was about to lose her home to the bank. Fritz decided to help her out and moved Christy and her three kids into his home. Fritz and Christy have been engaged for two years, but Fritz is not ready to set a date. Fritz is a nice guy, but his outside appearance doesn't make him look so nice. While growing up, other kids made fun of his ears. He has broken his nose twice, and doesn't like his teeth. Fritz has given so much to others, now the Extreme Makeover™ television show was going to give back something to him. The local eyewitness news reporter came by Fritz's place. While Fritz believes the reporter is there to do a story on him about the Extreme Makeover™ television series, the reporter came by to tell Fritz that he has been chosen for an extreme makeover.
The life altering journey for Fritz begins, when he meets with plastic surgeon Dr. Jon Perlman. Fritz heard that he can get ears pinned back and asked Dr. Perlman about having that done. His nose has been broken twice and Dr. Perlman will have the bump removed, and bring up nose slightly. Fritz feels that Dr. Perlman will do a good job.
On the day of surgery, the first task Dr. Perlman performs is pinning back ears, and feels like he achieved perfection with the ears. Dr. Perlman then smoothes the hump in the nose, and a mini brow lift elevates the eyebrows. Fritz's hips, flanks and abs undergo liposuction. Fat injections sculpt the cheeks and the buccal fat pads are removed. Finally Dr. Perlman gives Fritz a masculine jawline. Surgery is complete.
Two weeks later, Fritz gets his bandages off, and he can't wait to see ears and nose. He sees it in the mirror for the first time and thinks the nose and ears look great. The bump in the nose is gone and feels like there is nothing people can tease him about anymore. Fritz thinks Christy will love it. Dr. Perlman assures Fritz that as the swelling goes down, the results will get better.
Ultimate fighting champion Bas Rutten is helping Fritz to build both his body and self-assurance by teaching him martial arts.
Dr. William Rassman, performs Fritz's hair transplant procedure. He uses the Fox™ procedure, which is a minimally invasive procedure. The hair follicles are pulled out and placed in the needed areas.
Cosmetic dentist Dr. Grant Loosvelt gives Fritz a winning smile. When he sees his new smile for the first time, Fritz can't describe to the doctor how he feels.
Extreme Team style expert Sam Saboura, helps Fritz pick out a wardrobe that to look styling for his fiancé. Sam picks out something casual and comfortable. What Fritz doesn't know is that his fiancé Christy is in town and Sam is giving her a mini-makeover. Dr. Maloney performs LASIK eye surgery on Christy to help her get rid of those schoolmarm glasses. She is in tears when she sees Dr. Maloney without the aid of her glasses. Then both Fritz and Christy were getting their finishing touches on opposite sides of the mansion. When Christy sees her final results, she doesn't know what to say. And when Fritz sees his final results, he thinks he looks about 15 years younger and can hardly recognize himself.
After the finishing touches are made, Sam tells Fritz that the reporter from back home is in LA to do a follow up interview on Fritz. But, when the door opened, it wasn't the reporter, it was Christy. At the reveal party, the reporter that presented Fritz with the extreme makeover, was now doing the introductions for both Fritz and Christy. The couple walked down the staircase together and revealed their new look to everyone. Finally, Fritz had a surprise for everyone; he had set a date for the wedding in June. For Fritz, it felt like proposing for a second time.
Fritz's extreme makeover included:
- Chin implant
- Mini brow lift
- Ear surgery
- Fat injections to cheeks
- Buccal fat removal
- Liposuction to abdomen and love handles
- Hair transplant and restoration
- Porcelain veneers
- Porcelain crowns
- Tooth whitening
Christina is 25 years old, from Sarasota, Florida. She has never been on a date before and never been kissed. She has also never been called pretty. Christina doesn't like her nose and her side profile, and she feels that her nose comes down too much. She also suffers from excessive sweating in her underarms, and her ears stick out. Christina was shy growing up. In 8th grade, her classmates, who she thought were her friends, were mean to her and gave her a nasty note. But she does believe in a brighter future. Christina wants to enjoy life, but her looks hold her back. She feels that subtle changes will really do a lot for her. When Christina's sister got married, she was the maid of honor, but she wanted to feel as beautiful as the dress she was wearing. Then, the morning after the wedding, Christina gave a toast to her sister Dawn. Dawn had a toast for Christina as well, and she announced that Christina would be getting an extreme makeover.
Christina had never been to LA, and she brought her feather pillow with her. Her journey begins at the Makeover Mansion, when she meets with fitness guru Michael Thurmond. Another thing Christina has never done is that she has never worn a bikini; she wants to get rid of her "pooch" before she will wear one. Michael Thurmond promises that she will be wearing a bikini soon.
Next, Christina meets with her plastic surgeon, Dr. Garth Fisher. Fixing the nose is the first thing that Christina talks about. Dr. Fisher tells Christina that he knows how she feels about her nose. The doctor tells Christina that he also had a nose he wanted to have fixed, and found a doctor to fix it. Dr. Fisher also points out that Christina has pretty eyes but hidden, and that a brow lift will help bring out her eyes. She also wants to lose a bit of her tummy. Everything is all ready for surgery, which happens the very next morning. Dr. Fisher starts by performing liposuction of the abs, hips, and thighs. He then removes excess fat from the upper eyelid. The brow is raised, which shortens the forehead. Dr. Fisher then pins the ears back, and uses cartilage taken from the ears to build the tip of Christina's nose. After five procedures, surgery was complete. Now it was time for Christina to recover, and while recovering, kissing was the last thing on her mind. A few days later, Christina was looking better and feeling better. Dr. Fisher takes off the bandages and Christina was very happy with the results, and Dr. Fisher is glad she's happy.
Christina then meets with Dr. Shamban, who administers BOTOX® Cosmetic injections in Christina's underarms, a first for Extreme Makeover™ the television series. Dr. Shamban says the results can last up to 9-12 months. The doctor says even stars and celebrities get treatment for underarm sweating before going to award shows.
Marilyn Anderson, kissing authority and book author of "Never Kiss a Frog," acts as Christina's flirting and relationship expert. Marilyn brought in DJ to help Christina practice with her first kiss. Her advice was position, pressure, and pucker. Christina then has her first kiss. She said it was great and better than she thought it would be.
Michael Thurmond promised Christina that she would be walking in a bikini, and when he came by the mansion, she was laying by the pool in a bikini. After making some measurements, Michael tells Christina that she had lost a total of 40 inches from her entire body. She went from a size 10 to a size 2. Going through this experience has made Christina feel much more confident.
Sam Saboura comes to help Christina find some fun and sexy clothes that would be good for a first date. Then he helped her pick out some clothes that would be good for a second and even third date. Christina is ready to go and turn some heads and ready to come out of her shell. For the finishing touches, Christina is given a sleek, sexy new hairstyle. She goes from blonde to brunette. After makeup was applied, it was time for Christina to see her final results. When she looked in the mirror, she couldn't believe how beautiful she feels.
Christina was now back in Florida for her reveal. That night, she walked with self-assurance, and no longer clutching on to her security pillow. Revealing her new to everyone was a surreal experience. Christina saw total joy in her and mom and was very emotional when she saw her sister in tears. Christina was once a hopeless romantic, now she says she is a hopeful romantic.
Christina's procedures include:
- Brow lift
- Upper eyelid lift
- Ear surgery
- Liposuction to abdomen
- Liposuction of the thighs and hips
- LASIK eye surgery
- Chemical peel
- Restylane for lips
- Porcelain veneer
- Tooth whitening
- BOTOX® Cosmetic injections for underarm sweating
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