Flagg, 31, has had three nose jobs, and says he initially went under the knife to fix a deviated septum.
“It wasn’t vanity. The first one I had for a deviated septum,” he said on last Thursday’s episode of What What Happens Live. “The second one was because the doctor didn’t do such a good job. And the third one was because it wasn’t perfect. But now, I think it’s a very good nose.”
Parnes, 34, had his first rhinoplasty done 11 years ago.
“I probably should have never have gotten it done in the first place. My nose was never perfect, but it wasn’t that bad,” he says on the show. “It kind of built up a lot of scar tissue inside. And it did genuinely affect my breathing.”
When Parnes decided to get his nose redone, he went to Flagg’s surgeon because he liked the way his fellow real estate agent’s nose looked.
“I said, ‘Josh Flagg, your nose looks fabulous,’ ” he said on the show. “‘Who was your surgeon?'”
And this time he has no regrets.
“I am happy with the cosmetic results, but more importantly I am grateful that I can breathe without any internal obstructions,” Parnes previously told PEOPLE. “Everyone seems to like it. So far I haven’t received any negative feedback, and I appreciate that.”
He recommends anyone who is thinking of a nose job makes sure they go to a reputable plastic surgeon.
“Conduct extensive research to find a surgeon who is board certified, and a specialist in rhinoplasty,” he said. “Ask to see before and after photos, and speak to some former patients for a reference. I regret having the initial procedure because it led to more problems that needed to be corrected. This is a major surgery and not to be taken lightly.”
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Dr. Richard Ellenbogen, CEO of Beverly Hills Body, says it’s not uncommon for a rhinoplasty patient to have multiple surgeries.
“The revision of nose jobs for cosmetic reasons is given at 15 percent by the American Society of Plastic Surgery, but I am a revision specialist and see so many revisions I postulate the percentage is much higher,” he tells PEOPLE. “Added to this are the revisions for breathing reasons, which in my mind can make the revision rate as high as one in four.”
Ellenbough says the revision surgeries can be quite costly — between $12,000 and $20,000 — so he echoes Parnes advice to do your research before getting a nose job.
“Ask your doctor to show you on the computer what you will get,” he says. “Request pictures of patients he has fixed, and get second opinions when necessary.”