12 episodes

Over two decades, 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—a best-selling product line, pristine homes in New York and Miami, and an absurd modern art collection—he was slowly becoming addicted to his own product. 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. From Justine Harman and the team behind 'Broken Harts.'

The Baron of Botox Imperative Entertainment

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    • 4.0 • 1.3K Ratings

Over two decades, 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—a best-selling product line, pristine homes in New York and Miami, and an absurd modern art collection—he was slowly becoming addicted to his own product. 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. From Justine Harman and the team behind 'Broken Harts.'

    NEW SHOW: O.C. Swingers

    NEW SHOW: O.C. Swingers

    In 2018, Newport Beach orthopedic surgeon and former Bravo reality star Dr. Grant Robicheaux and his girlfriend Cerissa Riley were charged with 17 felonies, including raping and drugging multiple women. Were they the "Bonnie and Clyde" of sex crimes, as one victim told detectives? Or sexually-liberated "swingers" framed by a conviction-hungry prosecutor? 
    Justine Harman has teamed up with audiochuck to bring you O.C. Swingers. You can hear it now wherever you’re listening, and be sure to follow for a new episode every Monday. You won’t want to miss a minute of this 10-part series.
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    • 3 min
    New Normal | Epilogue

    New Normal | Epilogue

    Five years after Dr. Brandt's death, his ghosts are everywhere. Why are we so scared to confront them?

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    • 29 min
    Kintsugi | Chapter 9

    Kintsugi | Chapter 9

    A look into the final weeks and months of Dr. Brandt's life through the eyes of a beloved colleague.

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    • 35 min
    Under Siege | Chapter 8

    Under Siege | Chapter 8

    Dr. Brandt is at the pinnacle of his success and a favorite at dermatological summits where he always takes top billing. But he also has a target on his back, and multiple shots had been fired.
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    • 29 min
    Mother's Eye | Chapter 7

    Mother's Eye | Chapter 7

    What makes a beautiful face? Is it a matter of ratios or something more subtle? Experts debate one of the most divisive topics: the science of pretty.
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    • 33 min
    Perfection | Chapter 6

    Perfection | Chapter 6

    The injectables market is crowded with competition, but Dr. Brandt refuses to give up his hard-earned crown.
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    • 30 min

Customer Reviews

4.0 out of 5
1.3K Ratings

1.3K Ratings

SteveSpiker ,

Enjoyed it.

I didn’t know what to expect from this podcast but ended up enjoying it very much. In fact, I enjoyed it so much I started listening to OC Swingers (don’t bother) because it was also created by Justine Harmon. But I digress, The Baron of Botox was thoughtful and didn’t limit itself just to the story of Dr. Brandt, but delved into many other topics without losing continuity or going off topic. Well done!

spaulky55 ,

Well formatted and well told

I wasn’t totally sure what the basis of this podcast was but I really enjoyed it. I love the format of a “reporter” and not just someone retelling a story. I love hearing real people’s first hand experiences as it brings validity and candidness to the story. Well done!

Jwittek ,

Episode Seven

The way Justine discusses the unattainable filtered Instagram face resonates. As a 36 year old woman I vacillate between accepting of how I look (albeit, with a little tweaking from filler and Botox) to feeling downright ugly when I see these 20-something influencers with poreless skin and perfectly symmetrical faces. I know those images are heavily filtered but in the moment they still make me feel like I need to do more work to my face to “catch-up” to this look. Anyone struggling with this back and forth feeling should really listen to this episode.

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