Here's an anecdote that'll send you running straight to your DVR. On Monday night's Botched, a woman is set to talk about how a bungled and poorly thought out plastic surgery procedure left her growing "literal" pubes on her face, which is decidedly different than the similar hairs growing on the chins of high school freshman and sophomores nationwide.
Crystal Coombs had her issues arise after a dog bite tore a "chunk" of tissue out of her cheek when she was nine-years-old. A surgeon then remedied that issue by taking a skin graft to repair the wound, but unfortunately he took that graft from her groin.
“It was open for a while,” she says in a clip for Monday night's episode. “Like how the outside of Freddie Kruger’s face looks, with the burn? That’s what the inside looked like.”
After emergency room physicians advised a then nine-year-old Coombs to see a plastic surgeon, she went to a person who came up with the less than stellar plan.
"[H]e suggested the skin graft, [and to] take it from the groin," Coombs recalled. "They did the surgery, and then the hair started growing.”
After being asked by Botched doctor Paul Nassif to confirm that this gave her pubic hair on her face, Coombs responded "Yes. Literal pubic hair. I don’t believe that the doctor mentioned I would grow pubic hair out of my patch. I don’t remember that.”
For most of her life Coombs says that she's lived with this affliction without caring too much about it. But she says that things are different now because she's a new mom and doesn't want her daughter taking shit for this way-out-there medical problem.
“I, at first, thought it didn’t affect me. Since having my daughter, I really started to get conscious of it,” she said. “She’s 6 months, and I’m worried about the kids she’ll go to school with … I don’t want her to be teased.”
The crux of the episode is that Coombs asks for the facial patch to be "as small and minimal as possible," but her new doctors don't want to make things worse by ruining her facial structure.
“We’re a little amazed that you could have that large of a chunk taken out of an area where there’s so many facial nerve branches. This is expertly done reconstruction work,” said other Botched doctor Terry Dubrow, according to People.
“Crystal’s case is actually deceptively very complicated,” said Dubrow in an interview. “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.”
If you have any further interest in this, the episode is set to air tonight at 10 p.m. ET.