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The Arts and Medicine
June 5, 2018

Revision Plastic Surgery Reality Television: What’s Good About Botched?

Author Affiliations
  • 1DeNova Research and University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago
JAMA. 2018;319(21):2156-2157. doi:10.1001/jama.2018.5756

The reality television show Botched, which debuted on the E! Network in 2014 and was recently renewed for its fifth season, follows the practices of board-certified physicians Paul Nassif and Terri Dubrow as they consult with and treat patients seeking revision of often disfiguring plastic surgery. The show is said to attract more than 1 million viewers drawn to the banter and playful relationship between the 2 surgeons, their patients, and their face-saving procedures. Each episode features at least 1 patient requesting revision surgery and usually another who is turned away because they are poor surgical candidates; in 1 episode, Dr Nassif tells a patient who has had 3 nasal operations in 1 year “if you try to insult your skin one more time while it is healing … there is a high possibility … (it) will turn black and fall off.”