How much do 'Botched' surgeries cost? Dr Terry Dubrow says it's $100K but here's how you can bring down costs
'Botched' Season 7 is upon us and we are told that it's going to be a difficult season for doctors Terry Dubrow and Paul Nassif. Even though they have years of experience behind, this year's roster of patients will be throwing them quite the challenge.
Plastic surgeries aren't easy for both parties. The doctors run the risk of bungling it up, while the patients have to be open to the idea that there's going to be massive changes in their appearance once they've gone under the knife. But, the good bit is they get paid for being on the show.
Since the show first aired, the number of applicants has shot up. They started with 500 and now it has breached the 10K mark, which says a lot about how popular the reality docu-series is. "The patients on Botched get an appearance fee and their costs are handled by the show," Dubrow told Distractify, adding that they are often warned that their condition will worsen before they can get better.
'Botched' patients' surgery expenses are handled by the show's team, otherwise dipping into one's own pocket and getting work done can prove to be quite an expensive affair given medical insurances don't cover those costs. Talking to the Cheat Sheet, Dr Dubrow confirmed that they perform "high-risk visual plastic surgery," which is costlier than regular ones. "It takes longer so if you’re looking toward what would normally be charged by revision specialists. I mean some of these procedures could be $90,000 or $100,000 out in the real world."
“Because we’re doing more than one body part, extraordinarily difficult problems and sometimes we have these synthetic materials that have their own individual costs associated with them. So the procedure, revisional surgery of the type we do, would vary between $30,000 to probably $90,000 or $100,000," he continued. The surgeries usually take anywhere between six to eight hours.
In Season 7, Dubrow and Nassif have their hands full. Before they can perform their "miracle" surgeries they are forced to think if they'll be able to take up the challenge at hand. This time, they are treating a woman with an extra set of softball-sized breasts in her armpits that lactate when she breastfeeds, a patient with a life-changing shark-bite sized hole on his abdomen, a man who claims his nose was deformed by his mother's IUD while he was in the womb, and·a woman who underwent a mess of a mastectomy.
'Botched' Season 7 will premiere on E! on May 18 at 9/8c. For more information, check your local listings.