Lifetime’s new reality show Atlanta Plastic showcases three African-American plastic surgeons in Atlanta — Dr. Marcus Crawford, Dr. Wright Jones, and Dr. Aisha McKnight-Baron. Each episode follows three patients (one for each doctor) from consultation to post operation. Although the surgeons see patients of every race and ethnicity in their day-to-day practices, on the show the great majority of featured patients are minorities. (According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, in 2014, black patients accounted for 7.1 percent of all cosmetic-surgery procedures.)
Dr. Crawford has more experience in the operating room but Dr. Baron is confident in and out of the OR. Baron’s first patient featured on Atlanta Plastic is a 47-year-old mother of four who wants a breast lift, tummy tuck, liposuction, and vaginal rejuvenation. Her husband of 23 years, who comes to the consultation, is against the rejuvenation. When he learns how long his wife will need to recover (without sex for six weeks) he gets upset. Dr. Baron simply tells him there are other ways to deal with his ‘discomfort.’ The show aims to be informative and entertaining. Atlanta Plastic will air Fridays at 10pm on Lifetime.