Anyone can fall victim to bad plastic surgery, but only a handful of plastic surgeons have what it takes to reverse nips and tucks that went haywire on the operating table.
For its new series, Botched, a show about reversing surgeries gone wrong, E! has plucked Real Housewives of Orange County star Heather Dubrow’s husband, Dr. Terry Dubrow, and Beverly Hills alum Adrienne Maloof’s ex, Dr. Paul Nassif, as the best surgeons to reconstruct botched boob jobs, bad lipo, and more.
Here, the doctors tell Life & Style how going under the knife can turn into a major makeover malfunction.
How hard is it to reverse horrible plastic surgery?
Dr. Paul Nassif: It's very difficult. The healing is not always predictable.
Dr. Terry Dubrow: It varies from very hard to impossible depending on the complexity of the problem. In addition to anatomical challenges there are also psychological challenges as many of these patients may have unrealistic goals and expectations. This is the highest risk and most difficult in all of plastic surgery.
In the cases on Botched, did the reversals ever feel like a lost cause when you saw how bad their prior surgeries were?
PN: There were many patients that we couldn't help. Most of these were the ones that had an illegal substance/filler such as silicone injected into different parts of the body/face. In these situations, if you try to remove it, it can cause nerve damage or can make the filler more reactive (inflamed). You are damned if you do and damned if you don't.
TD: A few of them at first evaluation seemed potentially unfixable, but after putting our heads and cumulative experience together, we were able to devise plans designed to maximize the chances of success.
How do people get suckered into bad plastic surgery and how do you avoid it?
PN: Obviously, people don't know in advance; however, there are warning signs. Never go on price alone. First, make sure that they are a board certified facial plastic surgeon or plastic surgeon with the proper experience for the procedure that the patient wants to do. Make sure the office and doctor communicate well to you. Make sure a medical examination of the patient is obtained prior to the surgery to make sure that you are in good health. Do your research on the doctor, malpractice claims, medical board issues, reviews on websites, etc.
TD: Plastic surgery can go bad for a variety of reasons. Complications occur in the best of hands but the best way to minimize the chance of a bad outcome is to have realistic goals and seek out board certified plastic surgeons with at least some gray hair.
What is the feeling like when you're able to change someone's life by successfully correcting botched plastic surgery?
PN: There's nothing like it since sometimes, it can be a social enigma. The patient's become obsessed with the results, depression, feelings of self-worthlessness, etc. It can destroy their life, so if you can help them just a little, the reward is outstanding.
TD: Absolutely nothing better than when you can take a devastating problem and return an individual to normal again. It's like a new lease on life and it's the closest thing to real magic that exists.