Extreme Makeover is an American reality television series which premiered on ABC on December 11, 2002. Created by television producer Howard Schultz, the show features individuals volunteering to receive an extensive makeover in Hollywood. It first aired as a television special. A total of 55 episodes were produced. The show's first surgeon was Dr. Garth Fisher of Beverly Hills, California; after the pilot show the first six shows included Beverly Hills plastic surgeons Jon A. Perlman, M. D. FACS and Dr. Robin T. W. Yuan, Dr. Malcolm Lesavoy and Dr. Harvey Zarem as part of the original "Extreme Team," along with Dr. Bill Dorfman and Dr. Robert Maloney. Other doctors were selected for the next three years in addition to the above, including dermatologist Dr. Ava Shamban.