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Body Work

All Episodes 2004 - 2005

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  • 2004-06-30T19:00:00-05:00
  • 60 mins
  • 20 hours, 0 mins (20 episodes)
  • United States
  • English
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Body Work details the work of 6 plastic surgeons, 3 in Miami and 3 in Los Angeles.
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20 episodes

1x01 Family Nose

  • Series Premiere

    2004-07-25T23:00:00-05:00 — 60 mins

This week on Body Work we meet our Miami Plastic Surgery family: three doctors who have built an insular world of perfect beauty. They are constantly reshaping themselves and even their staff; all now serve as walking billboards for their expert hands. No one here thinks twice about shooting half a syringe of botox into their forehead before after-work drinks. Dr. Wolf loves to fix noses. ""The thing I love about doing noses is that it's really all about the eyes. Just a few millimeters shaved off the top can change someone's life."" Elaine, a pretty 20-year-old, tells Dr. Wolf that she's ""got a nose like a parrot's beak"" and wants it gone more than anything. Dr. Brad Herman, who considers himself an artist as well as a doctor, is never too busy to donate his services to those who need it in developing countries. But right now Miami patient Alvaro is in for a drastic transformation. The 19-year-old has just lost more than 100 pounds and is now slim and handsome. Except for one thing: the

1x02 My Big Ears

  • 2004-08-01T23:00:00-05:00 — 60 mins

This week we uncover the daily challenges of our doctors as they address what it takes to keep their practice No. 1 in Miami. This involves keeping their names on everyone's tongue, looking their best and making professional decisions — they turn down one patient for a breast augmentation who ""has beautiful breasts and doesn't need one."" We also get a glimpse into the special friendship among the doctors as Dr. Kelly schemes an elaborate birthday surprise … Dr. Kelly's patient today is Anna Marie, who's arrived with her best friend of 20 years, Sissy. This feisty duo is a riot: they talk alike, look alike and even dress alike. Anna has come to see Dr. Kelly about breast implants after he gave Sissy her implants. Meanwhile the doctors are having bit of fun with each other. Dr. Herman calls out to his assistant, Yvette, ""Come look at the custom made helmet I got made for Dr. Kelly with his nickname on it!"" In red letters it reads, ""The Terminator."" In a week, Doctors Herman and Kelly wil

1x03 Are You for Real?

  • 2004-08-08T23:00:00-05:00 — 60 mins

The earliest he can see you would be the end of August. That's the earliest appointment he has."" It's another morning at the Miami plastic surgery office. Inside, Dr. Brad Herman and Dr. Michael Kelly are giggling over the tiny pair of underwear they bought Dr. Carlos Wolf for his upcoming triathlon. On one side of the bikini underwear reads ""El Mas Famoso,"" a name Dr. Wolf's family has bestowed upon him because he loves being on TV. The office soon gets very busy and the three doctors meet all new patients that day. Not everyone is in for a beauty enhancement — some are there for reconstructive surgery. We first meet Lisa and Steven and their twins: Jiesi who has a cleft lip, and Jieming who has both a bilateral cleft lip and a cleft palette. The family lives in the Cayman Islands and has raised money to bring the twins to Miami for this surgery. Dr. Kelly explains the procedure and the next day, the very nervous and anxious parents show up for surgery. This is Dr. Kelly's specialty,

1x04 Pray for My Nose

  • 2004-08-15T23:00:00-05:00 — 60 mins

""These are the biggest ears I've ever seen!"" Dr. Herman has his work cut out for him with 9-year-old, Taylor. Taylor will finally be getting his ears pinned back after a lifetime of teasing from his schoolmates. Even though he's been called everything from ""big ears"" to ""Dumbo,"" Taylor has a great attitude and lots of friends. Dr. Herman is madly in love with him. ""It's a privilege to operate on young kids, because I know I'll truly be making a positive difference in their lives."" Daphna is getting a nose job from Dr. Wolf, and her prayer circle will be praying for her on the day of surgery. Daphna hates her nose, so while she sees her surgery as ""glorifying God's work,"" she'll also be enjoying a new and improved profile. Meanwhile Dr. Wolf's mom, Judy, has come in for botox. At 68, Judy looks and acts 20 years younger — but not because she's had plastic surgery. ""I'll survive my whole life with botox only! No surgery for me!"" Judy has brought in her best friend, Edna, who will be gett

1x05 Make Me Perfect

  • 2004-08-22T23:00:00-05:00 — 60 mins

This is a busy office. Everyday patients file in and out. Appointments are made, bills are paid and surgeries are performed. But sometimes the unexpected can disrupt this well-oiled machine. Computers break down, toilets overflow and cleaning becomes an issue. For any office these are annoying problems, but for a plastic surgeon's office even more so. Appearances are everything, and we'll soon see how they handle this challenge. Outside the office, Dr. Kelly and Dr. Herman test their competitive edge further and race each other to the finish line at the Miami racetrack. Kathy is a patient returning for more cosmetic surgery — always reaching for perfection. At 47, she has already had a nose job, a tummy tuck, an eyelift and is now back for a breast augmentation and a little lipo. She is married with children and spends most of her day working out in the gym with her loyal trainer, Leo. At her pre-exam with Dr. Herman, she tries on different breast shapes to determine size, but asks Leo

1x06 Three Faces

  • 2004-08-29T23:00:00-05:00 — 60 mins

""It's time to design our T-shirt for the annual Corporate Run (for leukemia research), but this year, to avoid office squabbling, we're going to design the T-shirt in secret."" Dr. Michael Kelly and his two assistants start the morning huddled in his office, brainstorming a design that they hope will win first prize for Miami Plastic Surgery. Meanwhile, the practice's waiting room is filling up with new patients. Dr. Carlos Wolf greets Lorilee who sees him regularly for Botox treatments. This morning, Lorilee brings in her daughter, 16-year-old Keshet who wants her nose fixed. ""Kids who see their parents get cosmetic surgery are more open to the idea of plastic surgery for themselves."" Keshet is a dark, lanky beauty — who Dr. Wolf would like to introduce to his teenage son. She's a soft-spoken girl, but she knows what she wants: a straightened nose with a rounded tip, not pointy like her mom's nose job — and she wants the surgery done in time for her summer trip to Switzerland. Next up

1x07 The Fountain of Youth

  • 2004-09-12T23:00:00-05:00 — 60 mins

It only takes a birthday to realize how time is slipping away, and unfortunately, with the years go our fresh looks and youthful appearance. And where else but with a plastic surgeon can someone regain that fountain of youth? Dr. Herman's birthday is coming up and the office is planning a party for him. He's turning 47 and it's hard for him to believe. Rosa, on the other hand, is getting ready to celebrate her 50th birthday and wants a little bit of her youthfulness back. She goes to see Dr. Wolf and tells him, ""I feel happy inside, but my face looks sad."" She's decided to give herself a very special birthday present: a facelift, along with chin and eye surgery. She is also telling none of her good friends — except her hairdresser Abel. Together they plan to highlight her freshened face with a new hairstyle and updated makeup — the ultimate surprise for her friends as they get together to celebrate her big birthday. At 18, Cecilia's life is all about looking good. She's going to school

1x08 A Family Affair

  • 2004-09-19T23:00:00-05:00 — 60 mins

Some of the doctors' children visit them at work.

1x09 All in the Family

  • 2004-09-26T23:00:00-05:00 — 60 mins

Although most of Dr. Kelly's patients see only his serious side, it's different with his friend Debbie.

1x10 The Price of Beauty

  • 2004-10-03T23:00:00-05:00 — 60 mins

What is the price of beauty? Some patients are willing to go to any lengths, financial or physical.

2x01 Meet Marc Mani

  • Season Premiere

    2004-10-10T23:00:00-05:00 — 60 mins

Young, ambitious Dr. Marc Mani, moves into his new multi-million dollar plastic surgery and spa center in Beverly Hills. Between the brand new office and a slew of patients scheduled for ""reconstruction,"" this is one hectic opening week.

2x02 Fixing Picasso

  • 2004-10-17T23:00:00-05:00 — 60 mins

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2x03 My Mother-in-Law's Facelift

  • 2004-10-24T23:00:00-05:00 — 60 mins

Opening a new plastic surgery practice in Los Angeles is hard work. No one knows this better than Dr. Marc Mani. Unfortunately, Dr. Neil Handel, his mentor and the man whose practice he's taking over, is upset over the recent move to a new location.

2x04 Is Bigger Better?

  • 2005-01-02T23:00:00-06:00 — 60 mins

Cosmetic surgery has quickly become a way of life for patients on an endless search for physical beauty. Follow the stories of plastic surgeons, techs and nurses whose livelihood depends on repeat patients and their referrals.

2x05 Daddy's Little Girl

  • 2005-01-09T23:00:00-06:00 — 60 mins

Dr. Handel, once a confirmed bachelor, is soon to be a parent with his fiancé, Nikki, who's 30 years younger than he is. Although he's excited, Neil laments the fact that he will soon have to change diapers and be inconvenienced by a crying baby.

2x06 Pinocchio

  • 2005-01-23T23:00:00-06:00 — 60 mins

Getting a bad breast augmentation can be an emotional and physical disaster. However, redoing the procedure is no easy task since there's no way access the first surgery until wounds have been reopened. Dr. Mani must be prepared for anything

2x07 Employee Benefits

  • 2005-02-06T23:00:00-06:00 — 60 mins

For Sue Steele and Joy Lindlief, plastic surgery is a way of life. During their years as Dr. Handel's loyal employees, they've been rewarded with free annual procedures and are planning more work to achieve a more youthful appearance.

2x08 Plastic Fantastic

  • 2005-02-13T23:00:00-06:00 — 60 mins

A woman who has lost weight and gotten a makeover shares a condominium.

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