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Mum horrified when pubic hair grows on her FACE begs Botched doctors to help

A WOMAN was left with pubic hair growing on her face after a skin graft to treat a savage dog bite.

Crystal Coombs had a chunk of her cheek torn off by a pitbull when she was nine years old.

 Crystal Coombs was left with pubic hair growing on her face after a skin graft to treat a savage dog bite
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Crystal Coombs was left with pubic hair growing on her face after a skin graft to treat a savage dog biteCredit: Botched/E!
 A close up of the skin graft which shows the small pubic hairs growing on her cheek
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A close up of the skin graft which shows the small pubic hairs growing on her cheekCredit: Botched/E!

Doctors at the time were forced to perform a skin graft op, to heal the wound - sourcing the graft from the youngster's groin.

But years later the patch started to sprout hairs, forcing Crystal to pluck each one as they appeared.

Appearing on the latest episode of E!'s Botched, she said since becoming a mum she's more self-conscious than ever.

Horror attack

In a trailer, she tells Dr Terry Dubrow and Dr Paul Nassif: "When I was nine years old, my grandfather was holding a dog.

"I was actually pretty terrified of the pitbull. All I remember is [it went] black."

I was actually pretty terrified of the pitbull... all I remember is [it went] black

Crystal Coombs

After going to hospital, doctors in the emergency room advised she wait for a plastic surgeon to fix her face.

But while the graft helped heal the wound, years later it's left Crystal with an embarrassing side effect - that she fears will cause her kids to be teased.

 Crystal went to see the Botched doctors for help
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Crystal went to see the Botched doctors for helpCredit: Botched/E!
 They were shocked that surgeons had decided to use skin from her groin to repair her face
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They were shocked that surgeons had decided to use skin from her groin to repair her faceCredit: Botched/E!

She said: "The surgeon suggested the skin graft, take it from the groin.

"They did the surgery and then the hair started growing."

Dr Nassif then asked the mum: "So you're getting pubic hair on your face?"

Crystal replied: "Literal pubic hair."

No warning

She went on to say that doctors never warned her of the potential side effect, and asked the doctors for their help.

"At first it didn't affect me," she added.

"Since having my daughter, I started to get really conscious of it.

"I'm worried about the kids she'll go to school with, I don't want her to be teased."

 The mum says she is worried about her daughter getting teased
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The mum says she is worried about her daughter getting teasedCredit: Botched/E!
 Crystal was just nine when she was attacked by a pitbull
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Crystal was just nine when she was attacked by a pitbullCredit: Botched/E!

In the episode Crystal asks the doctors to do what they can to minimise her graft.

They explained it is a risky procedure - one that is "actually deceptively complicated".

I'm worried about the kids she'll go to school with, I don't want her to be teased

Crystal

Dr Dubrow explained: "That skin graft is very close to critical anatomic structures like the nose, the cheeks and the eye.

"If altered, even a little bit it can change the entire shape of the face and look very deformed."

Huge task

Despite the task they faced, the experts managed to come up with a solution.

The pair told Crystal they would have to insert a space filler to stretch the skin on her cheek, in order to remove the original graft and close the gap.

By using skin from her face, they could get around the issue of unwanted body hair sprouting.

 Since having her daughter six months ago, Crystal says she's been conscious of the skin graft
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Since having her daughter six months ago, Crystal says she's been conscious of the skin graftCredit: Botched/E!
 She was delighted when surgeons told her they had a solution to her awful problem
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She was delighted when surgeons told her they had a solution to her awful problemCredit: Botched/E!

For a month Crystal had to live with the large implant under her skin, while having regular saline injections to help the skin stretch.

Thankfully the op was a success and Crystal was left with nothing more than a thin scar on her cheek.

"Before my surgery, I had a skin graft on my face with pubic hair growing out of it," she said.

"After having my daughter I was nervous about how other kids would treat her because of how I looked.

"But, thanks to Dr Nassif, the skin graft is completely gone.

"So now, my face is finally smooth, symmetrical and pubic hair free."

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