More than just plastic: Excerpts from plastic surgeon Woffles Wu's memoir

Dr Woffles Wu, in a photo taken in 2008, had to roll up his sleeves to wash dishes and wait tables at his restaurant.
Dr Woffles Wu, in a photo taken in 2008, had to roll up his sleeves to wash dishes and wait tables at his restaurant.PHOTOS: COURTESY OF WOFFLES WU

How does one end up being Singapore's best-known plastic surgeon? Apart from surgical skills, it helps to begin life with a name like Woffles. In his memoir, Life In Plastic, Dr Woffles Wu opens up about his early childhood and extended family, the peculiar pressures cosmetic surgeons face and how a 'gypsy woman' changed his life. Here are excerpts from his book.

I've tried many things in my life, but have been successful at few. This has been because of lack of talent, lack of hard work, lack of time, lack of patience or sheer lack of attention to detail.

I can tell you how not to run a restaurant because I have been a huge failure at this. It all started 10 years ago. My family owns a little shophouse in Chinatown which once housed a famous old Cantonese noodle shop called Yick Sang. We didn't own it at the time. It had become a French bistro when we bought it and when that closed down, I started to use the space as my little "clubhouse".

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on August 12, 2018, with the headline 'How not to run a restaurant '. Print Edition | Subscribe