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Talking about Cosmetic and Plastic Surgery

Dr Jeremy Fleming, a famous surgeon, is answering some questions for Allure magazine…

Interviewer: For years, even a whisper of plastic or cosmetic surgery was considered taboo

but over the last ten years there has been a dramatic increase in the number of patients going

under the knife. How has this affected you, Dr Fleming?

Dr Fleming: Indeed, the demand is soaring. There has been an increase in demand both on

the reconstructive side and on the cosmetic side with waiting lists getting longer and longer.

Interviewer: In your opinion, what are the reasons for this?

Dr Fleming: Well, one of the main reasons for the increase on the reconstructive side is the

rise in the number of cases of high-speed trauma.

Interviewer: And on the cosmetic side?

Dr Fleming: Well, we’re all very aware that good looks hold a definite passport to success in

certain fields! Also, cosmetic surgery has become normalised in society. If we don’t like

something about our appearance, rather than learn to accept it, more and more people are

going under the knife to change it.

Interviewer: I can see that cosmetic and plastic surgery can be life-changing in a positive

way for many people, but it can also generate anxiety and fear. What are the potential risks

involved in these types of surgery?

Dr Fleming: With any type of surgery, there are always risks. There can be complications,

however, making sure the surgery is done at a reputable centre or hospital by a qualified

surgeon reduces the risk of these occurring.

Interviewer: OK, now some personal questions… If you had the chance to do it all over

again, would you still become a plastic surgeon?

Dr Fleming: Tough question… I think I might have specialised in something less time-

consuming so that I could spend more time with my family. If I could change my career, I

think would become a dermatologist or a dentist.

Interviewer: Interesting! And my final question - do you have any advice for students

interested in pursuing a career as a plastic surgeon?

Dr Fleming: Make sure that it’s something you definitely want to do as the years of training

will take up a huge chunk of your life and you will need strong motivation to get through

them! That being said, it’s a very rewarding career choice.

Interviewer: It has been a pleasure speaking to you today! Thank you for your time, Dr


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Talking about Cosmetic and Plastic Surgery


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