A woman with 30lb breasts who was told by multiple plastic surgeons that it would be impossible to remove her massive implants, has finally has finally had them taken out – despite the risk of the tissue on her bust turning black and dying during the complex procedure.
On Sunday night’s episode of E! reality series Botched, Dee Stein, 53, from Los Vegas, traveled to Los Angeles to meet with surgeons Paul Nassif and Terry Dubrow in the hopes that they would be willing to take on her ‘impossible’ case and reconstruct her breasts after removing her engorged and deflated implants.
‘Dee’s case by far in away is the most difficult, scariest, challenging, nearly impossible that I have ever seen or ever heard about in plastic surgery,’ Dr Dubrow explained.
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Desperate measures: Dee (pictured) says she is willing to risk her life to have Dr Terry Dubrow and Dr Pual Nassif remove her massive breast implants and salvage her breasts on the upcoming episode of Botched
Old fashioned surgery: Dee’s 20-year-old double-lumen breast implants are 3,000cc and made up of an internal lumen consisting of silicone and an external lumen that is filled with saline
Dr Dubrow went on to show Dr Nassif images of Dee’s bust, noting there is a ‘screaming, complaining breast’ on the right side and a deflated ‘disaster’ on the other.
Dee’s ‘old fashioned double-lumen implants’ were 20 years old and featured an internal lumen that was made up of silcone and an external lumen that was filled with saline.
And Dr Dubrow explained that it looked like the saline part on the outside has ruptured on her left breast, causing it to deflate.
‘It is days until this turns into an enormous, major medical emergency for her,’ he told Dr Nassif. ‘The whole breast is going to die.’
Meanwhile, Dee revealed to the cameras that she had seen numerous plastic surgeons, all of whom had denied her the surgery she so desperately needed because of how high-risk the procedure would be.
Botched surgery: Dee’s the outer saline part of her left breast implant ruptured, causing it to deflate
Life-threatening: In addition to Dee’s pain, the state of her breast implants are on the verge of becoming a major medical emergency
‘I’ve gone to a lot of doctors that told me that they simply cannot fix me,’ she said tearfully. ‘I totally feel like I don’t have anybody else to turn to at this point.’
And Dr Nassif noted to the cameras: ‘One word to describe Dee’s breasts: wow.’
Dee explained that growing up she always wanted bigger breasts. She had a small size A cup and felt ‘short changed’ in the boob department.
When she took up a position as a professional dancer – in order to provide for her son – the club where she worked sponsored her breast augmentation, the cost of which she was later required to work off. Dee took her size A breasts to what she believes was close to a size FFF with 500cc implants.
But Dee noticed that women with even larger breasts were making more money than she was, so she tripled the size of her implants to 1,300 cc, taking her to an H cup.
Big dreams: Dee had size A breasts (left) when she was younger and got her first set of 500 cc implants (right) when she was working as a dancer
Fame game: Dee eventually had her doctor take her implants to a size 3,000 cc (left and right). Her large breasts helped her land spreads in numerous magazines featuring women with enormous busts
She later had her doctor put tissue expanders inside her bust to take her breast implants up to a massive 3,000 cc.
Dee’s engorged breasts made her famous, and soon she was a featured entertainer, traveling all over the world. She posed for numerous magazines featuring large breasted women, including Jugs and Gents.
Her doctor insisted that the massive implants were completely safe and even claimed that even if she got into a car accident, nothing would happen to her implants.
However, despite his reassurance, Dee’s left breast deflated and began leaking saline into her body, while her other implant felt like a rock.
‘I feel like a walking boob and it is killing me inside because I know I am so much better than that,’ she said.
Support system: Dee’s son (far left), who is in medical school, joined her during her consultation with Dr Nassif (far right) and Dr Dubrow (near right)
At last: Dr Dubrow agreed to take on Dee’s high-risk surgery because her breasts are ruining her life and are a ‘major medical problem’
She also wanted her son Anthony, who is a medical student, to be proud of her.
Dee arrived to her consultation with Dr Dubrow and Dr Nassif with her son by her side.
‘It has been extremely difficult dealing with my mother’s situation and I hope she can walk out of this stronger and honestly be able to experience the world as a normal person,’ Anthony said.
During her meeting with the doctors, Dee explained that she was a dancer ‘quite a few years ago’ when she got her first breast implants.
‘It is insane to think that any plastic surgeon would even consider Dee’s breasts to this level,’ Dr Dubrow noted. ‘The human body is not even equipped to handle this kind of volume expansion in breast tissue.’
And Dee told the doctors: ‘I came to you today because I have been told I probably cannot be fixed.’
Dangerous poison: After taking out Dee’s implant, he noticed there was a ball of fungus growing inside it
Before and after: Dr Dubrow was able to salvage Dee’s breast tissue and give her size D implants (right)
Living the dream: Dee was ecstatic that she was finally able to live a normal life at 53-years-old
Knowing that her son is in medical school, Dr Dubrow turned Dee’s plight into a learning moment for her son and asked him why no other doctor will attempt to operate.
‘I think there is a certain level of confidence is removing them,’ Anthony told Dr Dubrow, noting that they have been in her mother’s body for 20 years and there is the question of what they are going to do with what is left over after her implants are taken out.
‘Many doctors do not have the confidence in what they can do to make that normal,’ he added.
Dr Dubrow agreed before saying: ‘In their defense, it is so high risk why would any doctor want to tackle this?’
While Dr Dubrow said that most plastic surgeons would say there is nothing that can be done to save Dee’s breasts, he was willing to try because not only were they ruining her life, but they were also a ‘major medical problem’.
Army man: Griffin is a veteran who needed the doctors to fix his deviated septum so he could breathe in the Middle East
Artist at work: Dr Nassif explained that he would need to take cartilage and tissue from other parts of his body to straighten his nose and fix his deviated septum
However, Dee noted to the cameras: ‘I’d risk my life for it at this point because I am so uncomfortable. I am in a lot of pain’.
Dr Dubrow explained: ‘I have to take this case on. You cannot leave this woman with these breast that may be developing a breast cancer that will go on to infection.
‘Somebody has to help her.’
For phase one of Dee’s surgeries, Dr Dubrow had to remove her 3,000 cc implants from each breast without rupturing their saline or silicone cores.
The surgeon explained that Dee’s breast tissue was far too thin to do anything else with them at that time, adding that, if he tried to do anything further, her ‘nipples would fall off’.
‘Her immune system as used everything it can to fight off the pressure that her implants have caused on her tissue,’ he said.
Great work: Dr Nassif was able to straighten Griffin’s nose (right) and clear his deviated septum so he could finally breathe
Finally free: ‘It feels great being able to breathe again,’ Griffin said after the surgery
Dr Dubrow also noticed that there was a ‘fungus ball’ inside the implant that could have made her seriously ill if it had leaked out.
Because there wasn’t enough blood supply to sustain a breast lift, Dr Dubrow knew that he possibly would have to remove her breasts, but he he hoped her tissue would cooperate during her recovery and give him something to work with.
For her second surgery, Dr Dubrow gave her smaller implants that would give her a D cup, while removing excess skin, noting that it was the most excess skin he has ever had to remove in his entire career.
Throughout both surgeries, his main concern was keeping her nipples and breast tissue alive, explaining: ‘If they turn black, fall off and die, that’s my fault.’
However, despite the odds, Dr Dubrow was able to dramatically transform Dee’s bust, while keeping her nipples intact.
Heroic vision: Herbert Chavez (pictured) has had 23 surgeries to make him look like Superman
Dedicated to his cause: The 37-year-old from the Philippines said he wants to become the ‘Man of Plastic’
‘What he as done for me is truly amazing,’ Dee said.
Clearly thrilled with her new appearance, Dee couldn’t wait to show her son the results of her surgeries during a video chat.
Anthony was also incredibly happy for his mother, who had a newfound confidence that she didn’t have before.
Another patient featured on this episode was a veteran named Josh, who couldn’t breathe properly through his nose, which he had broken numerous times after accidents and physical altercations.
After joining the military, a doctor told him he could fix his deviated septum and straighten his nose before he was deployed, but despite the promise, Griffin still couldn’t breathe through his nose, which was crooked and wiggled when he spoke.
Griffin had recently finished his second tour in the Middle East and he explained that it is tough being in the desert and having to breathe through his mouth.
‘The last thing I want to do when I am trying to save somebody else’s life or try to preserve my own is worry about being able to breathe,’ he explained.
New request: Herbert asked the doctors to give him a permanent six-pack
No can do: Because Herbert’s body was filled with injections that are illegal in the US, Dr Dubrow and Dr Nassif turned him away because the risks outweighed the results
And Dr Dubrow noted during Griffin’s consultation: ‘This is the most deviated nose I’ve ever seen.’
Dr Nassif said he was would need to take cartilage and tissue from other parts of his body in order to reconstruct his nose.
Although Dr Nassif was worried about running into the same issues as Griffin’s first surgeon did, he was able to straighten his nose and fix his blocked septum.
‘It feels great being able to breath again,’ Griffin said happily after his nose had heeled following his surgery.
During the episode, the doctors also saw Herbert Chavez, from the Philippines, who is obsessed with Superman and hopes to become the ‘Man of Plastic’.
Herbert, who already 23 surgeries to look more like Superman, wanted the doctors to give him a permanent six-pack like the Man of Steel.
However, many of Herbert’s previous surgeries involved treatments and injections that are illegal in the US and only allowed in the Philippines.
Because he had so much poison in his body, Dr Dubrow told him that the risks outweighed the benefits of surgery and there was nothing that they could do.
‘This superhero needs to get in the gym,’ he told Herbert.