Dr. Fredric Brandt went from a small dermatology practice in Miami to being Madonna’s personal skincare consultant and the go-to for public figures desperate to stave off aging. His clients loved him. Fashion magazines profiled him. But as Brandt continued to build his empire—Coconut Grove mansions, Four Seasons suites, luxe Manhattan offices, absurd art collections—he was slowly becoming addicted to his own product, injecting himself with fillers and even working on his own face. As his fame exploded, the darkness inside only grew. Popular speculation has it that it was Martin Short’s scathing portrayal of a clearly-based-on-Brandt character in the Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt that pushed him to his death, but the truth is far more complicated. Baron of Botox traces the rise of Brandt’s empire and seeks to understand the ugliness that bloomed under his carefully curated facade.
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