Dr. Terry Dubrow decided to give the ongoing Hollywood Ozempic trend a shot. “I’ve tried it. I thought it was amazing,” the 65-year-old plastic surgeon told Page Six.
He didn’t have much weight to lose. But, he wanted to try it because many of his patients were on it. He was curious to see what it was like for non-diabetic individuals who only needed to shed 10-15 pounds.
He did experience some side effects from the medication. Despite this, Dubrow is a huge fan of the drug, which is primarily for type 2 diabetes patients. However, it’s also used by many individuals, including celebrities, for weight loss.
“I think it’s a miracle,” he says. He even calls it “the biggest breakthrough in medical history.”
But, the quick slim-down wasn’t worth the “low-grade nausea” he felt. More importantly, he didn’t like the acute disinterest in food. “I thought, ‘You know what, I kind of want to get my appetite back. The holidays are coming, I want to enjoy myself,'” he explains.
Dubrow wanted to go on a “food vacation.” He wanted to be able to eat again. Ozempic, an FDA-approved prescription drug, is one of the brand names for semaglutide. It impacts the brain to maintain satiety and suppress one’s appetite.
The medication killed his appetite and “really took … all the joy of eating away.” Dubrow, who is married to champagne enthusiast and “Real Housewives of Orange County” star Heather Dubrow, warns users to stay away from alcohol. “You can’t drink on it,” he asserts.
He acknowledges the reported danger of developing pancreatitis for those taking Ozempic while also drinking. “You’ve got to be really careful with alcohol because people are being put in the hospital with pancreatitis.”
Dubrow’s co-star, Nassif, 61, believes that Ozempic has properties that could lead to “living longer.” However, he’s seen an increase in plastic surgery patients wanting him to operate on sagging skin due to rapid weight loss. “Your skin does not accommodate, so it hangs,” he says. He refers to this as “Ozempic body and face.”
Terry has also treated this issue in his practice. “For patients who want to try [Ozempic], you have to realize your skin is going to loosen up a lot faster,” he explains. “You are going to lose lean muscle mass. You have to increase your protein, you have to work out.”
On “Botched” Season 8, the duo addresses much more complex matters. For instance, they helped a young woman who risked losing her left eye after 42 botched surgery attempts to repair her face following a tragic car accident. They also helped a patient who got a boob job after massive weight loss but was left with mismatched breasts.
“When you’re on a TV show for a decade where all you’re doing is difficult cases, that becomes your whole practice in real life,” Terry says. He describes the rare nature of his and Nassif’s careers in medicine. “We have a skill set now that allows us to fix these incredibly difficult cases,” he enthuses. “What was formerly hard is now easy, and what was formerly impossible is actually mostly possible now.”
“Botched” airs Thursdays at 10 p.m. ET on E!