The Swan - Season 2, Episode 6
Original Air Date: 11/29/04
Delisa and Lorraine
Delisa is a 32 year old military veteran in the Army Reserve. She does not feel confident with who she is and how she looks. Delisa feels she was built more like a man than a woman. Her skin suffered sun damage after serving in Desert Storm and it has gotten worse over the years. Delisa and her husband have been going through an on and off separation and has to cope with a failing marriage. This has basically left her on her own. Delisa is not comfortable with her body and felt her husband was no longer physically attracted to her. She feels lonely.
Delisa's plan includes:
- Brow lift
- Mid-face lift
- Lower eye lift
- Fat transfer
- Cheek folds
- Tummy tuck
- Breast lift
- Liposuction of inner thighs
- Upper and lower retainers
- Deep cleaning
- Zoom bleaching
Delisa will also undergo a 1200 calorie a day diet, and spend two hours a day at gym, working on cardio and muscle training.
To help deal with problems in her marriage, Delisa will receive weekly therapy and coaching.
Lorraine is 38 years old. When she was young, her mother called her names. However Lorraine still loved her mother and felt that she didn't know any better. So it was bad at home and plus, she was picked on at school. Lorraine's mother also didn't take her for dental exams. By the age of 25, she had to get her teeth taken out one by one. She has never felt pretty and even felt ugly on wedding day.
Lorraine's Plan will include:
- Nose surgery
- Brow lift
- Mid-face lift
- Fat transfer
- Cheek folds
- Lip lift
- Chin reduction
- Breast augmentation
- Tummy tuck
- Liposuction – knees and hips
- Diva hearing aid
- Titanium dental implants – upper and lower jaw
- Lorraine will also receive weekly therapy and coaching.
Delisa and Lorraine begin their 12 week Swan program. In Los Angeles, they quickly learn the first rule of the program, no mirrors. Being alone hits both women early and hard.
For Delisa, her first step is a visit to her plastic surgeon, Dr. Dubrow. His goal is to feminize her. The tummy is the first thing discussed, this procedure will help Delisa, but she must accept a large scar. Dr. Dubrow and Delisa also discuss a breast lift and liposuction of the inner thighs. For changes to the face, the doctor suggests Fotofacial treatments after surgery to remove freckles and brown spots. Dr. Dubrow feels Delisa will look amazing after surgery and Delisa is so excited.
Lorraine's Swan program begins with a dental appointment. She has had dentures for 13 years and can't really bite into anything. Cosmetic dentist Dr. Sherri Worth explains to Delisa the process of implants. The process will take five weeks and require that Delisa stay on a liquid diet and see the dentist regularly. Oral surgeon Dr. Rex Moody, an implant specialist, helps Dr. Worth with the procedure. Doing the surgery, they realize there is not much bone in the mouth and that it has worn away. For Dr. Worth, this is the most work she has ever done on "The Swan."
Delisa has a nutritional consultation. She admits that she likes sweets and the nutritionist informs her that she needs to lose 22 pounds. For Delisa, this will be the hardest part of the program.
Next up for Lorraine is a meeting with plastic surgeon Dr. Haworth. He tells Lorraine that they will try to reinvent the oral area. To support lower face, a chin reduction and lip lift will be done. To rejuvenate Lorraine's body, liposuction, breast lift, and a tummy tuck will be performed.
The night before surgery, Delisa has nothing but her marriage on her mind. However, she doesn't want to call her husband. So she feels isolated and lonely. For Lorraine, the pain of her dental work is keeping her up.
On the day of surgery, Delisa's army spirit kicks in. After being marked, Delisa was ready for surgery. She is looking forward to new her new look. Dr. Dubrow works on the stomach first. A browlift, helps open up and brighten her eyes. Extensive body surgery was done on Delisa, however, the rest will be done in the gym. Delisa has a positive attitude coming out of surgery. While recovering, she felt like throwing up, and had to deal with the fact that she had to let others take care of her.
For Lorraine's surgery, Dr. Worth came in for surgery with Dr. Haworth. Lorraine's chin, fat was added to add weight to lower jawbone. The doctor began with the tummy tuck. After closing her up, the doctor felt everything went splendid. The lower half of Lorraine's face was completely rebuilt, and now she faces a tough recovery. And that did happen, as she began suffering from headaches. Pain medication was given; however, Dr. Haworth felt Lorraine may not heal in time for the pageant.
As Delisa was recovering from surgery, she was served with divorce papers. This was something that she was expecting. Swan coach Nely Galan comes in to talk with Delisa. Delisa tells Nely that she thought that she would be ready for this, but Nely tells her that she can be never ready. This situation broke Nely's heart. Delisa felt that Nely's support helped comforted her and made it easier to deal with this situation.
Lorraine calls home for support. People are hanging out with her family at home. She grows mad and doesn't want to say anything, because she feels like no one is missing her.
During therapy Dr. Ianni, helps Lorraine confront her issues with her mother. For Delisa, therapy helps her to work on her future. Delisa has gained a new sense of self and making progress.
Before going in for her final dental visit, Lorraine receives a visit from Swan coach Nely to provide some support. Lorraine has her permanent teeth put in and this was a very emotional experience for her.
For Delisa, she is still struggle with her biggest challenge in the competition, trying to overcome her sweet tooth. She is losing the battle of the bulge. But she tries to resist sweets and heads to the gym to lose those last crucial pounds.
With one month until the final reveal, the two women will have to push themselves if they want to make it into the pageant.
It is finally the night of the reveal and Delisa has her reveal first. Delisa comes into room with her new stunning look. She has butterflies in her stomach but feels terrific and like a whole person. Finally the moment came where she saw herself in the mirror for the first time in three months. Delisa looks in mirror and gasps. Her words were "wow" and "amazing," she was choked up. She particularly liked the subtle changes in face, like her eyes.
Lorraine's reveal was next and she comes in looking nothing like her former self. She used to feel tired, ugly and old. But now, she feels she has self-confidence and self-worth. At the mirror, she is amazed by what she sees. "That doesn't even look like me" were her words. She also looks at her teeth and says they "look awesome."
Delisa came to "The Swan" with a tough exterior and on the brink of divorce. She emerged as a feminine woman looking to embrace life as a sexy woman. Lorraine was looking for dental reconstruction and self-esteem. She emerged a confident beauty. However, only one can go to the pageant. And the judges chose Delisa to move on to the pageant. Lorraine's husband comes to surprise her, and he is blown away when saw her. Lorraine's kids also come by to see their mom's new look. Lorraine is excited about the person she's become and who she will be when she gets home.