"The recent surgery was corrective," Parnes tells PEOPLE exclusively

By Karen Mizoguchi
Updated October 25, 2016 10:33 AM

Real estate agent David Parnes unveiled he had undergone plastic surgery on his nose during Thursday’s Million Dollar Listing: Los Angeles. The reality star revealed that he had gotten the elective procedure in the summer and revealed the results on the latest episode of the fifth season.

“I had it done for the first time many years ago in London. The original procedure left scar tissue which made it difficult for me to breathe, and the recent surgery was corrective,” Parnes tells PEOPLE exclusively.

“I visited an ENT to discuss my breathing issues and he recommended a corrective procedure,” says Parnes, who has been a cast member on MDL: LA since season seven (2014) along with his business partner James Harris.

David Parnes new nose

As for how others have reacted to his new nose, he shares that it’s been relatively positive. “Everyone seems to like it, so far I haven’t received any negative feedback and I appreciate that,” he explains, adding, “I am happy with the cosmetic results but more importantly I am grateful that I can breathe without any internal obstructions.”

By sharing his story, Parnes urges fans and viewers to do their homework before going under the knife. “If you choose to have the procedure, conduct extensive research to find a surgeon who is board certified, and a specialist in rhinoplasty,” he recommends.

“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,” he emphasizes.