Dr. Terry Dubrow Dishes About His New E! Reality Show ‘Botched’
E! is premiering their new show Botched on Tuesday, June 24 at 9pm and you’re not going want to miss it! This show follows two world renowned plastic surgeons, Dr. Terry Dubrow and Dr. Paul Nassif, as they try to repair damages their clients received from prior surgeries. On this show we’re going to see these two surgeons meet with patients, assess their needs, perform surgeries, and then view the results. Each episode is filled with new patients, new repairs, and new lives being improved. There’s definitely drama and tension, but there’s also heart to this show as we see how the repairs can create a new confidence in patients.
Dr. Dubrow and Dr. Nassif are definitely known for their surgical skills, but they’re also recognized for their days on reality TV. Dr. Dubrow appears alongside his wife, Heather Dubrow, on The Real Housewives of Orange County. While Dr. Nassif appeared alongside his ex-wife Adrienne Maloof on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. Clearly E! thought these two doctors needed their own reality show because they’re putting them from and center in Botched. We were lucky enough to speak with Dr. Dubrow and he spilled secrets about his new show!
Celebuzz: Did you have any fears or reservations about doing this show?
Dr. Dubrow: Yeah, because this is the most difficult plastic surgery of its kind. Revisional plastic surgery is the highest risk and it has the greatest chance of failure. So, to put on television the most difficult kinds of plastic surgery, knowing that the failure rate is pretty significant is scary. Considering you don’t know how they’re going to edit it, what happens when the patients have further problems and they’re upset, and patients who’ve had a lot of problems in plastic surgery often had problems because they wanted too much. They pushed the envelope and they have, potentially, psychological problems. Those are the most difficult patient categories. It’s scary surgery but it’s surgery we do at our practice anyway that needs to be done. We think it’s interesting and shows a different side of plastic surgery that hasn’t been show on television before.
CB: You we’re once on reality shows like The Swan and Bridalplasty. Did working on those shows make you more comfortable doing this show or less comfortable?
Dr. Dubrow: In a way more comfortable and in a way less comfortable. More comfortable because this show isn’t about taking someone with minor imperfections and making them perfect. If you saw Bridalplasty, remember Shanna’s (Moakler) parting line? “Your wedding will still go on, it just won’t be perfect.” That was cheesy, and we were operating on pretty girls who were engaged in good relationships to make them better for their wedding. What kind of message is that really sending? Is that what you really want to be saying on national television? And then The Swan, need I say more? Operating on these women and then putting them in a beauty contest against each other, oh my goodness! But this is wow, this person has had plastic surgery with all good intentions, they went to Mexico or their doctor was drug addicted. They asked for their seventh or eighth rhinoplasty, the eighth one went very bad. They have real problems, they need help. It’s nice to come in there and use all the skills we’ve learned all these years and apply the psychology we’ve learned, the surgery we’ve learned, the post-op stuff we’ve learned and try to make someone whole again.
CB: What can viewers expect to see each week?
Dr. Dubrow: This show, let’s face it, this is not Discovery, it’s E! okay? This show is going to be interesting, off the hook, crazy, fun, and I think very heartwarming. On the crazy side, each episode there’s one or two or more patients who want more plastic surgery or want to have their plastic surgery fixed who just weren’t candidates because they were nuts. You know, a certain number of patients who come in wanting more plastic surgery have problems, they’re wacky, they have unrealistic expectations. You don’t know them until you meet them, so the audience gets to see us meet some of these interesting people, and we turn them down.
CB: Is that the only time you say “no” to someone, when they keep wanting more? Is that the only time you draw the line?
Dr. Dubrow: That’s a good question, we say no to people basically if they’re not fixable. So if someone had so many surgeries that you just can’t improve it, that isn’t very common. You’re always walking a fine line, You think, “Wow someone had seven of these surgery revisions from some of the best doctors around, what makes me so special right?” You have to make your ego is intact, your expectations are realistic. That’s where it gets tricky because those are high-risk and it can go worse. But the ones who come in who’ve had pretty good results with a minor little problem but disadvantages outweigh the advantages, we turn those down. Or, finally, the ones who come in who want more and more and more and they’re just about to become a disaster. You see those a lot on the show. On each episode you’re going to see one to three of those that we turn down and then you’re going to see two surgeries they take on that are the most difficult, highest-risk revisional surgeries and we operate on those. You can see that not all of them turned out perfectly, but you’re going to have to tune in to see how they turned out.
CB: What are some of the most common mistakes that patients come to you with? The most common botches that surgeons have made?
Dr. Dubrow: What I want to clarify is that most of these cases it wasn’t the surgeons fault because plastic surgery is like any other surgery, it’s as real as a heart attack. You can do everything perfectly and it can still go very badly. So a lot of it is breast surgery where the implants were put in and the body rejected them and either the patient didn’t get to the surgeon in time or they went down to Mexico and they didn’t get the right help and the body just went crazy. You’re going to see a lot of that, you’re also going to see a lot of noses where they start out having a pretty good nose and they want a little bit of improvement and then another one and another one and it’s basically like now they’re left with no nose. We try to go in and make them normal, not just pretty or beautiful, but normal.
CB: On the first episode you have a patient, Alicia, with a uniboob. Is that the most difficult repair to do? Or what’s the most difficult repair you’ve done?
Dr. Dubrow: With Alicia, symmastia or uniboob, is the most thing to fix in breast surgery because once the skin gets lifted off the center of a chest it doesn’t want to go back down it doesn’t want to stay there, even if you stitch it down. Basically below that area is ribs, and ribs don’t hold stitching very well. So that was the worst case of uniboob I’ve ever seen. In addition to uniboob it was also a case where the implants were too low and that’s called malposition, which also very difficult. It was a double wammy of uniboob and malposition.
CB: Janice Dickinson appears on the show this season. Is there more pressure working with celebrity clients?
Dr. Dubrow: There is because they’re higher profile and because in Janice’s case, she’s not known for being the most stable, grateful, normal. Janice is one of the best episodes I think. Janice goes completely off the hook, Janice looses it, and I don’t mean in a reality show actory kind of way looses it. I mean put on for the camera kind of way. If you watch the second episode, you’ll see we had issues, really life-threatening kind of issues.
CB: With your wife on The Real Housewives of Orange County, does that experience make you more hesitant to do reality shows?
Dr. Dubrow: Yes it does, because my concern with Botched is, you can be a certain way on Housewives. You can go to a party, have a little discussion and interaction with someone, hug it out and everything’s great. Then by the time you see it on TV you go, “Wait a minute! This did not happen like that! Yes I said that but…” You know what I mean? You can cut and paste. If you cut and paste something as sensitive as revision plastic surgery to make us look callous or douchey or insensitive or flippant, no one wants a doctor who’s any of those things. So we talked to the producers and were like, “You’re not going to do the Housewives edit on us are you?”
To learn more about Dr. Dubrow, you can visit www.drdubrow.com.
Botched premieres on Tuesday, June 24 at 9pm on E! The series moves to its new date/time on Sundays at 10pm following the Kardashians beginning June 29.