A woman named Karissa consults with Dr. Terry Dubrow and Dr. Paul Nassif on Wednesday’s Botched, looking to undergo plastic surgery after losing part of her face near the top of her lip in a severe attack by a dog.
‘It’s really hard – I’m so young and I don’t want to look like this the rest of my life,’ Karissa said.
She recounted the events that led to their consultation.
Seeking help: A woman named Karissa (above) consults with Dr. Terry Dubrow and Dr. Paul Nassif on Wednesday’s Botched, looking to undergo plastic surgery after losing part of her face near the top of her lip in a severe attack by a dog
‘A year ago this month, I went to my friend’s house,’ Karissa said. ‘We were playing with the dog, you know, hanging out.’
Karissa told DuBrow she blacked out during the actual attack that took chunks of flesh off of her face.
‘I don’t remember anything,’ she said. ‘I just remember literally picking up something from the floor and then … just being in the ER.’
DuBrow said it’s not uncommon for a victim to black out during a traumatic attack, as it functions as the brain’s way of protecting itself.
Helping hands: The doctors listened to Karissa and her friend explain the events
Helping hand: Karissa’s friend recounted the traumatic course of events that occurred
Striking: Karissa’s friend said that she ‘started flipping out’ when she saw the damage the dog had done to her face
A friend of Karissa’s who was present on the day of the attack gave the doctors her recollection of the day’s traumatic events.
‘I was in the bathroom when the bite actually happened,’ she said. ‘So I go out and my friend’s face is missing, so I started flipping out – I call 911, ambulance came.’
Karissa’s friend said emergency workers retrieved the missing piece of flesh and ‘put it on ice in the ambulance.’
Hoping for help: Karissa said, ‘I’m so young and I don’t want to look like this the rest of my life’
Scary: Karissa said she blacked out in the incident, saying, ‘I just remember literally picking up something from the floor and then … just being in the ER’
Karissa recounted the course of events once she was at the hospital and doctors tried to put her face back together.
‘They had it on ice and the surgeon tried to replace it, but there was so much tissue damage and nerve damage that he couldn’t connect it – it was dead tissue,’ she said.
Nassif explained how attending physicians used a part of her lower lip to roll up on her upper lip.
Nassif added that ‘before doing an aggressive procedure like that, we would have maybe put the tissue together to see how it heals,’ adding that there was a ‘good chance’ Karissa’s lip would have looked better if the doctors had used the original tissue.
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