Doctors Paul Nassif and Terry Dubrow are back for yet another jaw-dropping season of E!’s hit series “Botched.” The world-renowned plastic surgeons are pulling out all the stops in Season 3, giving hope to the hopeless and taking on cases most would turn away.
Prior to the show’s premiere in 2014, neither Nassif nor Dubrow knew what a success the show would be. In fact, “Botched” is the brainchild of Nassif, who specializes in facial procedures. In an interview with International Business Times he explained the idea was conceived during dinner with “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” producers after he and ex-wife Adrienne Maloof had quit the Bravo series. Nassif placed a call to Dubrow, 57, who found the idea completely ludicrous, despite both his and Nassif’s success in the realm of reality plastic surgery television.
“He thought it was the most ridiculous thing he’d ever heard in his entire life,” Nassif said with a laugh. “Now look where we are.”
Revision surgery is a specialty of both doctors though it wasn’t until the show that they took their skill sets to the next level. Both Nassif and Dubrow note there is a major difference between primary surgery and revisionary procedures, telling IBT the latter requires “a different level of expertise.” During Season 3, Nassif and Dubrow will get to flex their proverbial muscles more than ever as they take on “nearly impossible cases,” improving both botched surgeries and the quality of life fortheir patients. In the premiere episode alone, which aired Tuesday, the duo take on a case even they didn’t initially think was fixable.
“We had a woman who we previously turned down because she had cement injected into her face. We, along with every other plastic surgeon who she had gone to for years and years, felt it was too dangerous to operate on,” Dubrow revealed. “We thought about it for over a year and formulated a plan we thought might work for her. We brought her back for a series of carefully executed operations and were able to do something that could potentially help her, but not without complications.”
As risky as some of the cases in Season 3 may have been, both Nassif and Dubrow felt these gambles were necessary. Nassif noted many of their patients “have nowhere else to go,” which is why he says even with “maybe a 50 percent chance of having a problem,” all his patients have been worth it. Dubrow echoed that statement, saying he hoped “Botched” will serve as “a cautionary tale” for anyone considering surgery or who has had a bad plastic surgery experience.
“It’s something we really wanted to highlight,” he said.
Their passion for their work shines through in Season 3, which makes it that much more frustrating when they get repeat customers. While “Botched” largely focuses on improving bad surgeries or the results of surgical complications, Nassif and Dubrow don’t want patients thinking they can “go experiment.”
“We give advice because we know better and [patients] don’t listen. Even though we’re there for them — we don’t say it like, ‘We’re here if your screw yourself up,’” he explained. “That’s very frustrating.”
Still, the doctors say this season of “Botched” will be crazier — and more emotional — than ever. Dubrow says Season 3 opened new doors for him and Nassif, blurring the lines between the possible and impossible. He told IBT prior to filming the current season he believed there were some people that simply couldn’t be helped. Now, however, he has a new outlook and approach to surgeries — though he maintains that his friend and fellow surgeon, Nassif, is beyond repair “both from a personality point of view and physically.”
Be sure to tune in Tuesdays at 9 p.m. EDT on E!.