We chat with Dr. Paul Nassif about the hardest surgery he's ever performed, his new skincare line, and his bromance with Dr. Dubrow on Botched.
You might recognize Dr. Paul Nassif as one half of the plastic surgery dream team featured on E!’s Botched, the reality TV series exploring plastic surgery gone wrong—and then set right. But Dr. Nassif is more than a TV star: the accomplished doctor recently launched his own skincare line, Nassif MD Bio-Rhythmic Skin Care, which works to help skin around the clock.
We sat down with Dr. Nassif to discuss his hardest case, his new line, and his bromance with fellow TV surgeon Dr. Terry Dubrow.
Tell us about your new skincare line. What inspired it? What can we expect from it? DR. PAUL NASSIF: There’s really nothing preventative that actually can work on the outside of the skin while I’m working on the inside of the skin. That was my initial thought [when thinking] of doing something. Then, all of a sudden, after working so hard and coming home so late and not sleeping a lot, we started talking about the circadian rhythm and bio-rhythms. Basically, what we try to do is for the busy person in general. You don’t get that much sleep sometimes and maybe you don’t hydrate enough. What can we put in something that would possibly help your skin heal faster at night while you’re sleeping?
What's the most challenging surgery that you've ever worked on? PN: I can’t tell you specifically, but the most challenging procedure that I’ve ever performed in my entire career is this season on Botched. There are a few of them. To give you somewhat of an answer, for me the most challenging procedures that I do are noses—rhinoplasty revisions. I can tell you that the most challenging procedure is a revision rhinoplasty and on the show you’ll see two or three patients that test my limits.
What plastic surgery trends will we see next? PN: It’s interesting. This trend has been the same for the last five or six years and the goal is to do smaller procedures at an earlier age so you don’t look all of a sudden surgery-ized. You want to try to do it with more of a slow onset.
Dr. Nassif (RIGHT) With Dr. Dubrow at an NBCUniversal Summer Press Day panel.
Have you ever gotten any plastic surgery done? PN: Yes, I have. I had my nose done four times. I’ve had a little bit of filler before, a little bit of botox before. So I have been a patient, not in my own hands, obviously.
On Botched, you and Dr. Dubrow seem to have a bromance going on. Are you that close in real life? PN: It’s like that constantly. We’re constantly teasing each other. Obviously, he’s very quick witted. He’s funny, he’s my goofy compadre. [...] We’re very good friends. We’ve been friends for a long time. That’s genuine—that’s not a TV-fake made-up thing.
How about the surgeries we see on TV? They’re all real? PN: Yes, these are real, difficult surgeries. We’re not faking these. It’s very interesting. Obviously, we’re not going to operate on the patients that are not the most appropriate candidates. And you see that on the show. It’s the wild west of plastic surgery and we’re kind of in there trying to make sure that we do the right thing. There’s nothing fake about it—it’s a cautionary tale, we educate patients also.
You live in Los Angeles. Where do you like to hang out? PN: I have kids and I don’t go out to clubs, but I still like going out to a good restaurant. I like going to a few different places. I like going to Craig’s, I go to Boa Steakhouse. I still like going to Spago and Mastro’s. I’m kind of a big restaurant guy. I still like going to Mr. Chow and I like going to an Italian restaurant called Il Pastaio. For a drink, you can go to some of the local hotels around here. Oh, there’s one more fun place: Cecconi’s.
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