How This Woman’s Extreme Makeover Forever Changed Her Life

This Louisiana woman had spent her entire life wishing that she looked like someone else. It wasn’t vanity, nor was it body dysmorphia—she’d been teased as a child and the name-calling had haunted her throughout adulthood. She daydreamed about winning the lottery.

“I don’t care what we do, but Mama’s going to get a new nose,” she’d tell her children.

Cynthia Stanley ended up winning a different lottery when producers from the reality television show The Doctors came across her application for an extreme makeover. They granted her wishes—and then some. Read on for Cynthia’s story!

10. Back Then

At 48 years old back in 2009, Cynthia Stanley came across an advertisement on Dr. Phil’s website.


“Do you feel you deserve an extreme makeover?” the reality show prompted. The mother of three decided to fill out the entry form on a whim, not really expecting anything to come of it.

9. Sending An Entry

“I forgot about it,” she said, explaining that she figured that nobody would follow up after her entry. It took eight months, but she heard back from producers of The Doctors, who reached out with phone calls and emails to learn more about her situation.

“My heart started racing,” she said.

8. Going To California

A month later, the show sent a camera crew to record shots of Cynthia and her family. That same month, the producers flew her out to California to meet with a plastic surgeon for a consultation. She sat in the studio audience to observe a taping of the show as well.

7. Surprise!

She hadn’t gotten her hopes up too much at this point.

“They kept telling me, ‘You’re just a candidate,'” she said, not expecting what would happen next. The show’s hosts called her out of the audience and brought her onstage, where she was shown video of her family and told that she would receive a makeover.

6. Mixed Feelings

Cynthia was thrilled to have this life-changing opportunity, of course, but her family was dealing with mixed emotions. They’d always known that she wanted a rhinoplasty, but they were still confused.

“First, I was a little bit perplexed,” said her husband John. “I said, ‘Why do you want all this?'”