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Lessons from an unexpected patient

An operating theatre attendant who became my patient showed me a new perspective on the powerful impact of makeovers

In the early 1990s, when I was a young plastic surgeon at the Singapore General Hospital, my greatest joy was having my own operating list in the Day Surgery Minor Theatre. It meant that I could operate on patients away from the watchful eyes of our seniors who were doing far more important procedures in the Major Theatres.

There, in the Minor Theatre, was where I started to dabble with simple cosmetic operations such as the creation of double eyelids, eyebag removal, nose augmentations and a variety of laser procedures.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 11, 2020, with the headline 'Lessons from an unexpected patient'. Print Edition | Subscribe