Botched no more

As one of the two-han­der sur­geons in the hit E! En­ter­tain­ment show Botched, Dr Paul Nas­sif talks about the suc­cess of the se­ries, the lat­est non-in­va­sive treat­ments we need to know about and why he’s try­ing to make Dubai the go-to des­ti­na­tion for plas­tic

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You started in medicine and then went onto spe­cialise in plas­tic surgery in 1998. As tech­nol­ogy has evolved, what im­prove­ments to surgery have been made over the course of your ca­reer? There have been so many dif­fer­ent types of non-in­va­sive and min­i­mally in­va­sive pro­ce­dures com­ing to the mar­ket, which has re­duced the need for pa­tients to have ac­tual sur­gi­cal pro­ce­dures. Think ev­ery­thing from mi­cro need ling, to Cool sculpt­ing for fat re­duc­tion, to Cell­fina for cel­lulite and ra­diofre­quency de­vices like Ther­miS­mooth to tighten up the skin. This is where tech­nol­ogy has been and is go­ing. In the fu­ture we can ex­pect pa­tients to un­dergo less surgery and more non-in­va­sive surg­eries de­liv­er­ing great re­sults. Why is it that there are so many ‘botched jobs’ in the world of plas­tic surgery? Given the growth of the mar­ket and the amount of pro­ce­dures and surg­eries, you will al­ways have com­pli­ca­tions and some ‘botched jobs’. Un­for­tu­nately, from what I’ve seen, some doc­tors are sim­ply not qual­i­fied to do cer­tain pro­ce­dures. On top of this some pa­tients just have com­pli­ca­tions be­cause of healing is­sues, mean­ing pa­tients can have is­sues even with good sur­geons work­ing on them. I think that with all the mil­lions of plas­tic surgery pro­ce­dures hap­pen­ing we tend to hear about the com­pli­ca­tions, but ob­vi­ously there are so many good pro­ce­dures that have great out­comes. Since your role on the E! En­ter­tain­ment show Botched is re­ally sig­nif­i­cant in help­ing peo­ple who have dis­fig­ure­ments or poor surgery, do you find the process less about aes­thet­ics and more of an emo­tion­aljour­ney? You know it’s re­ally a com­bi­na­tion. We have life-chang­ing ex­pe­ri­ences with pa­tients on the show be­cause some of the out­comes have dis­fig­ured them men­tally and emo­tion­ally for many years of their lives. With the work we do it’s a com­plete trans­for­ma­tion of their soul, their emo­tions, and ob­vi­ously phys­i­cally - so it re­ally works on the in­side and out. Help­ing peo­ple is ab­so­lutely some­thing Dr [Terry] Dubrow and I love do­ing and we’re blessed to have the op­por­tu­nity to do it. Why do you think plas­tic surgery has be­come such an in­te­gral part of our lives? Hav­ing surgery has be­come al­most nor­malised. What is your take on this? When I was start­ing to prac­tice about 19 years ago, we sort of kept things in the closet re­gard­ing plas­tic surgery. We’re see­ing a to­tally dif­fer­ent cli­mate now, es­pe­cially with so­cial me­dia. Pub­lic think­ing has changed, with more peo­ple em­brac­ing filler and bo­tox to recre­ate the ef­fect of fil­ters and other photo edit­ing tools. It’s be­com­ing very nor­mal, es­pe­cially in cities like Los An­ge­les, Mi­ami or New York City. In Brazil and in the UAE plas­tic surgery is be­com­ing more and more ac­cepted. What made you come to Dubai and what is it about the re­gion that you ad­mire? What I ad­mire, first of all, is the way the city was built and how in­cred­i­ble it is, from the amaz­ing health­care to the en­ter­tain­ment. I have a lot of pa­tients al­ready from the Mid­dle East and I want to make it eas­ier for them to see me in Dubai. I’ve been to Dubai two or three times pre­vi­ously to meet with Dr Jaf­fer Khan about our part­ner­ship at Nova Clinic. We both be­lieve it’s im­por­tant to have ex­cel­lent sur­geons ac­ces­si­ble to peo­ple in the re­gion, en­sur­ing that Dubai is one of the best places to un­dergo plas­tic surgery in the world. Dr Terry Dubrow and your­self have such great chem­istry on the show. It comes across as a gen­uine friend­ship. How long have you known each other? When I first started to prac­tice, Dr Dubrow would see pa­tients with me in my of­fice and we would go out and have din­ner. We’ve had a close friend­ship for many years. It’s a gen­uine friend­ship, even though he does love to tease me all the time, and that’s all real. Why were you com­pelled to video your own surgery? Was this for en­ter­tain­ment value or did you want peo­ple to see that you are just like ev­ery­one else? For my her­nia surgery on Botchedit shows that I’m a real per­son like ev­ery­one else and that doc­tors can also have health com­pli­ca­tions and surgery. How does it feel when you change some­one’s life by per­form­ing cos­metic surgery­on­them? It is the most in­cred­i­ble feel­ing in the world to help an­other per­son. Botched has given me the op­por­tu­nity to help peo­ple suf­fer­ing in their life from com­pli­cated pro­ce­dures. Learn­ing from the com­plex cases and surg­eries we do, our skill lev­els have in­creased. It takes what I do as a fa­cial plas­tic sur­geon and makes me feel gra­cious that we’ve been given the op­por­tu­nity to change some­one’s life for the bet­ter. Why do you think Botched has been so suc­cess­ful? Do you think it warns peo­ple away or ed­u­cates them to make bet­ter de­ci­sions? It does all of that. It’s a cau­tion­ary tale, warn­ing peo­ple what not to do. It’s ed­u­ca­tional while be­ing en­ter­tain­ing with the unique pa­tients we treat and the fun ban­ter be­tween Dr Dubrow and I. I also think it makes you feel good, with the life-chang­ing sto­ries and the hu­man na­ture as­pect. So it has hu­mour, it has en­ter­tain­ment, it has the heart-warm­ing as­pect, and some crazy stuff. It’s also be­come a so­cial me­dia phe­nom­e­non. It’s real, raw and there’s noth­ing fake about it.

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