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US plastic surgeons call Korea plastic surgery 'scary'

RISKY JOB: Plastic surgeons Dr Paul Nassif (left) and Dr Terry Dubrow fix botched plastic surgery jobs on US reality TV show Botched. PHOTO: E! ENTERTAINMENT

A "uniboob" with no hint of cleavage.

Breast implants that were at least 30 years old in US model Janice Dickinson.

And patients whose goal is to be the doppelganger of Canadian pop star Justin Bieber or even of a Ken doll.

US plastic surgeons Terry Dubrow and Paul Nassif have seen them all on Botched, a "cautionary tale" which exposes the ugly side of plastic surgery. It second season promises even more dramatic examples of botched jobs.

Dr Dubrow, 56, and Dr Nassif, 50, told The New Paper during a recent press conference in Los Angeles about the worst cases they have seen on the E! series and why plastic surgery in Korea is "scary".

WHAT IS THE MOST CHALLENGING CASE YOU'VE TREATED ON BOTCHED?

Dr Dubrow: A patient went to Mexico to have a discount tummy tuck. Instead of using anaesthesia, they put a block of ice to numb her abdominal area and save money. Technically, the operation was successful, but her abdomen died. Frostbite peeled off her entire abdominal wall. She lost all the skin (from) underneath her breast to her pubis. It was a contracted scar and her vaginal area was pulled up (near her belly button). I flipped out for a few minutes.

Dr Nassif: There was a patient who lived 
with a complication from rhinoplasty for 22 years. Take Michael Jackson's nose and multiply that by four times, she basically had no nose 
left.

HOW DO YOU SELECT PEOPLE FOR THE SHOW?

Dr Dubrow: You need to have a major significant problem, are healthy and will survive the procedure and have no major psychological disorders. The producers also look out for eccentric people that audiences will find interesting or might have some entertainment value.

HAS THERE BEEN A CASE WHEN YOU HAVE BEEN UNABLE TO HELP?

Dr Nassif: Hopefully not in surgery! But many patients in the show want things that we can't do, simply because they have gone too far. We can't help them. In surgery, there have been complications because this is real life and bad things happen. You will see how we deal with these complications.

DO YOU FEEL GOOD ABOUT THE WORK YOU DO?

Dr Dubrow: Wouldn't you? This is a weird thing to admit. I went to medical school in UCLA, trained in general for six years then went into plastic surgery. I spent the next 20 years taking little bumps off noses or sucking fat off people with little fat. I think, what a waste of all this world-class training and this ability to (do more). Botched has been transformative for my career and how I feel about what I do for a living. It's risky, but I feel if we were cops, we will be on the Swat team.

ARE THERE INTERNATIONAL PATTERNS WHEN IT COMES TO PLASTIC SURGERY?

Dr Dubrow: The plastic surgery in Korea is extraordinarily different from anywhere in the world. They cut and reshape facial bones or cut out portions of jaws, completely changing faces. It's scary, with a high complication rate. We don't even know how to do that.

Even within a country, there are differences. I practise at Newport Beach and (Dr Nassif) at Beverly Hills. In Newport Beach, they prefer a more relaxed, natural look while those in Beverly Hills like a more dramatic, tightened and surgical look.