"The Swan." "I Want a Famous Face." "Dr. 90210." "Extreme Makeover." "Nip/Tuck." The list goes on. These are a few of the TV shows that have examined, and promoted, the benefits of plastic surgery in recent years. University of Southern California professor Julie Albright believes the shows are driving women to go under the knife to conform to a heightened definition of beauty, one that is increasingly difficult to attain. Consider that, according to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery: * The number of 18-year-olds who underwent breast-implant surgery nearly tripled from 2002 to 2003. * There has been a 444% increase in plastic surgery since 1997. * Over 90% of all plastic surgery is performed on women. * Americans spent approximately $12.4 billion on cosmetic procedures in 2006. "The practice now has incredible visibility, which has led to incredible acceptance, which has led to incredible pressure for women to improve their appearance," Albright believes. Albright's study, "Impossible Bodies," surveyed 662 college students in Los Angeles and Buffalo about their viewing habits and body image. - SD