Cosmetic surgery has always been a part of the lives of the Dubrow kids since their father, Dr. Terry Dubrow, is a high-profile plastic surgeon who stars on the E! series Botched and Botched by Nature. His wife, The Real Housewives of Orange County's Heather Dubrow, hasn't been shy about getting some botox here and there, either.
But what would Terry and Heather do if one day one of their four children — Nicholas, 12, Maximillia, 12, Katarina, 10, and Collette, 5 — told them they wanted to go under the knife? "I think our kids are very comfortable in their own skin, and because Terry's a plastic surgeon and because we have a very open dialogue with our kids about all kinds of things and their bodies that it's just very OK for them to talk about," Heather told The Lookbook (clip above). "And that if someday one of them felt bad about something and wanted to have that conversation with us, we'd totally be open to it."
However, that doesn't necessarily mean Terry is OK with his kids actually going through with a cosmetic procedure, especially at a young age. And yes, he does see how that may sound a little hypocritical. "Let's say that [my daughter] doesn't develop her breasts normally. She wants to have a breast augmentation at 17. I'm gonna say, 'Absolutely not.' And she's gonna look at me, and it sort of reminds me of your parents that did drugs in the '60s and now you're doing a little bit of experimentation in high school and they're saying, 'That's terrible,' when you knew they did drugs in the '60s, right?" Terry told The Lookbook. "My point is my daughter will look at me and go, 'Dad, uh, this is built by plastic surgery. What are you talking about?'"
Terry even acknowledged that more and more of his colleagues are considering operating on patients under 18, thanks to people like Kylie Jenner, who has started a conversation around how young is too young to start having cosmetic procedures done after she got lip fillers as a teen. But as Terry previously told The Lookbook, that's not something he agrees with, and neither does Heather. "I mean, for me, as a mom, I think that if you have to have a parent sign off on a procedure till age 18, that, to me, is an indication that they're still a child," Heather said. "So if it's not a necessary procedure, I wouldn't personally want my child to have it."
Heather said that parents should also take into consideration the fact that their kids are still developing. "You want the body to finish developing naturally," Heather explained. "Unless they had some kind of specific deformity, like Poland syndrome or something where there really was a deformity going on that needed to be fixed for self-esteem, I believe you let the body develop and grow and when they're at the final stage, then you can look at those things."
Terry and Heather both agree that the age at which it's OK to start having cosmetic procedures is a conversation that will continue among medical professionals and society at large. However, Heather believes the fact that Terry is tasked with fixing plastic surgeries-gone-wrong on Botched might make their children think twice about going under the knife themselves. "I think what's great about our family and how we talk about things, especially because Terry's the Botched doctor, is that the risks and the problems that happen with surgery are a very common conversation in our house," Heather said. "But they're probably just scared sh**less."
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