Woman has pubic hair growing off face.
Crystal, 30, from Jacksonville, Florida, met with Dr. Paul Nassif and Dr. Terry Dubrow on Monday night’s episode of the E! reality series Botched, explaining that she had been living with the unsightly skin graft since she was attacked by a pit bull as a child.
‘The skin graft came from my groin, very close to my pubic area. It’s genital hair. I’ve tried everything you can diminish it, but you can’t take it away,’ she said in her testimonial.
At her consultation, the mother of one told the doctors that she needed a skin graft after a dog attacked her and bit out a chunk of her right cheek.
‘When I was nine years old, my grandfather was holding a dog … I was actually pretty terrified of the pit bull,’ she said. ‘All I remember is black.’
Instead of immediately treating her, an emergency room doctor wisely advised her family to take her to see a plastic surgeon.
‘Crystal is very lucky that the emergency room physicians didn’t try just to stitch up that big gash and opening in her cheek because the ER doctor does not have the same skill set as a plastic surgeon,’ Dr. Nassif told the cameras.
‘If they did, she would’ve been like this,’ he explained, pulling the skin on his cheek down until the bottom of his eye was visible.
Crystal said the wound was open for a while, noting that the inside of the gash looked like the outside of Freddy Krueger’s face.
Her surgeon suggested doing a skin graft taken from the groin, and after the procedure, hair started growing out of the patch.
‘So you’re getting pubic hair on your face?’ Dr. Nassif asked.
‘Yes, literal pubic hair,’ she replied.
‘I don’t believe that the doctor mentioned I would grow pubic hair out of my patch,’ she told the camera with a laugh. ‘I don’t remember that.’
Dr. Dubrow admitted that it was unusual for the doctor to take skin from the groin when he or she could have gotten the graft from a number of hair-free areas, including the patient’s back and abdomen.
Crystal said she plucked the hair on her face, but it was only a temporary fix. The patch was also darker than the rest of her skin, which led her to put lemons on her face in an attempt to lighten the area.
‘I at first thought it didn’t affect me,’ she told the doctors. ‘Since having my daughter, I really started to get conscious of it.’
Her baby girl, Sana, was only six months old, but she was worried about how her appearance would affect her child in the future.
‘After having my daughter, I am very nervous about how other kids would treat her because of how I look. I don’t want her to be teased,’ she explained.
The doctors agreed that taking a skin graft from her groin was less than ideal, but they noted that the complicated reconstructive work on her face was ‘expertly done.’
Their patient wanted the patch to be made as ‘small and minimal as possible,’ which wasn’t going to be easy.
‘Crystal’s case is actually deceptively very complicated,’ Dr. Dubrow said in his testimonial. ‘That skin graft is very close to critical anatomic structures — like the nose, the cheeks, and the eye — that if altered, even a little bit, can change the entire shape of the face and look very deformed.’
After examining her, Dr. Nassif said the ‘good news’ was that the nerves in her face were working perfectly, but the ‘bad news’ was that her skin was ‘very tight.’
The doctor believed their best option was to remove the patch of skin, make a pocket along her cheek, and put a tissue expander.
Dr. Nassif explained a ’tissue expander is like a big balloon’ that is put underneath the skin and filled with fluid every few weeks to make it bigger and stretch the tissue around it.
‘That will give us more elasticity of the skin,’ he said. ‘So when we take out the expander, we can cut out the skin graft and then move that extra tissue into the defect and close it.’
Crystal was told she would have to have the tissue expander in her cheek for six to eight weeks, but that didn’t deter her.
‘I want it gone,’ she said of her hairy skin patch.
A few weeks after the expander was inserted, Dr. Nassif noted that her skin was responding nicely and it would probably only need to be left in for a total of four weeks.