16 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

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.1 • 1.4K Ratings

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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.'

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    Easter Sunday | Chapter 1

    Easter Sunday | Chapter 1

    On April 5, 2015, cosmetic dermatologist to the stars Dr. Fredric Brandt is found hanging from an electrical cord at his home in Coconut Grove, Florida. Who or what led to his untimely demise?

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    • 33 min
    Origin Story | Chapter 2

    Origin Story | Chapter 2

    A peek behind the curtain and into Fredric Sheldon Brandt's challenging and formative years in post-World-War-II Newark, where his parents run a candy shop. Young Fred is exceptionally bright, but...different.

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    • 33 min
    Spin Doctor | Chapter 3

    Spin Doctor | Chapter 3

    After graduating from medical school, Brandt relocates to Miami, where he opens up a humble practice next to a Publix supermarket and invents new ways to use off-label pharmaceuticals.
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    • 31 min
    Heart and Commerce | Chapter 4

    Heart and Commerce | Chapter 4

    The practice expands to Manhattan, where Brandt becomes a darling. He dazzles beauty insiders with his unconventional technique, but what makes him stand out is something much harder to define.
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    • 29 min
    Fame Game | Chapter 5

    Fame Game | Chapter 5

    As Dr. Brandt's influence and fortune continues to grow, the narrative around the man with the golden hand gets taken over by professional storytellers.

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    • 31 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

4.1 out of 5
1.4K Ratings

1.4K Ratings

Steph8391 ,

Enlightening

What a fantastically written deep dive into an extraordinary man, societal values & beauty. It has made me rethink some things and maybe not judge myself so harshly due to aging and my self perception. Thank you for this and I hope to hear more….

RA Dine ,

Well done.

I thoroughly enjoyed this podcast and found it to be a sensitive and nonjudgmental discussion on beauty, depression, and a real life example of how we don’t always know what a person is truly going through. This was not a salacious, drama filled podcast, but a thoughtful and kind audio documentary of what seemed to be a wonderful man (Dr. Brandt) and the discussion of appearance, beauty, and how so much is interconnected. Loved hearing the ethicist, Dr. Green, and all of the other guests who were brought on. Well done!

jooojooojojo ,

Its ok but…

Its the way she says NAMI and says its “uncool” to out someone on air but tries anyway that says she doesn't really care about the humans in the story, just the story itself. I mean no one on the team had heard of NAMI?!!!?

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