A lot or a little?
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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Botched features people getting surgical consultations -- by doctors who have appeared on Real Housewives series -- and procedures to repair cosmetic work that was poorly performed or that has worn out. Partial breasts and buttocks are visible during consultations, though additional nudity is blurred. Squeamish viewers might be grossed out by the operation scenes, which include a bit of blood. The show contains lots of bleeped language, as well as crude references to genitals. Smoking and drug use is discussed; wine drinking is sometimes shown. The series is a promotional vehicle for Dr. Paul Nassif and Dr. Terry Dubrow's medical practice.
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What's the story?
BOTCHED is a reality series featuring people who are trying to repair plastic surgeries gone bad. People who've had bad rhinoplasty procedures, are living with damaged breast implants, and have had other unsatisfactory cosmetic-related procedures meet with board-certified surgeons Paul Nassif and Terry Dubrow to see if the damage that has been done to their bodies can be repaired. After each examination, the two determine if the problem warrants surgery and go over what the procedure will be like with their patients. After the surgical procedures, patients meet with the doctors to get the bandages off and to see what they look like.
Is it any good?
From worn-out silicone breast implants for notable clients such as Janice Dickinson to bad nose jobs, butt lifts, eye roundings, and other procedures that sometimes involve faulty products, procedures that can go horribly wrong during and after surgery are the focus of this reality show. It also reveals the complicated -- and often very painful -- surgical procedures patients must undergo to repair their bodies.
The doctors provide some humorous moments, and their patients often are colorfully entertaining. But their stories also aredisturbing, because they reveal the extremes they're willing to go to to obtain what they believe is physical perfection. Reality fans may find this worth watching, but each case serves as a cautionary tale for those considering cosmetic procedures of any kind.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the reasons people get cosmetic surgical procedures. Is it to feel better about themselves? To look like models? What are some of the benefits of getting these procedures done? The dangers?
What role does the media play in the way people feel about their bodies? How does this affect people's decisions to have plastic surgery?
Why would people agree to be on a show like this?
For kids who love reality TV
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