Calling Dr. Rose: Why Bachelor contestants are seeking out famed Houston surgeon

HOUSTON (KTRK) -- ABC's The Bachelor is one of the most popular shows on TV. Loyal viewers tune in every week to see who will or won't get the final rose. But there is a very different kind of "rose" that is helping to shape contestants lives and looks long after they leave the show. His name is Dr. Franklin Rose, one of Houston's best known plastic surgeon.

Lauren Tidwell, 30, came to Rose with a goal. She wants to be a contestant on the Bachelor. She is opting for liposuction under her chin, legs and abdomen in the hopes of landing a spot on the show.

"So after they 'lipo' they take some of that fat and inject it into the top part of the buttocks," said Tidwell. "It will give me the look of a Kim Kardashian butt, just not as big."

It's no accident that she chose Rose as her doctor. He's been publicly credited with operating on several Bachelor franchise contestants.

"Star magazine has anointed me if you will, the official plastic surgeon to the Bachelor franchise. I'm not sure there is such a designation," said Dr. Rose.

The list reportedly includes the first Bachelorette Trista Sutter, Season 14 Bachelor contestant Vienna Girardi and Bachelor Pad winner Holly Durst.

"Operating on the Bachelor contestants is no different than the vast majority of patients that we operate on," said Dr. Rose. "Plastic surgery is a real boost to self-image and self-esteem."

Dr. Rose's connection to the Bachelor franchise began with his daughter Erica, who has appeared on both the Bachelor and Bachelor Pad. Ironically, Erica's old room within the Rose home serves as the Bachelor Quarters.

"I make sure they have a lot of bottled water near their bedside and a kind of positive book to read next to them," said Cindy Rose, Dr. Rose's wife.

Dr. Rose says he and his wife have helped nurse about five former contestants following their surgeries. He says having them stay at his home makes it easier to monitor their recovery.

"If they had to pay for an after-care stay or their mothers would have to fly in, it would be more expensive. This is a way to make it more reasonable for them," said Rose.

As Lauren prepped for her procedure she told 13 Eyewitness News that she was excited, but realistic about finding love on the Bachelor.

"I'm definitely doing this for myself, nobody else," said Tidwell. "I just I think it will help motivate me and make me feel more confident."

Dr. Rose says Lauren's procedure went well and she is still recovering. Fortunately for her, she has some time, since the next round of casting calls for The Bachelor isn't until June of this year.
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