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The question: Plastic surgery

New research has shown that more people than ever are considering plastic surgery and would go into debt to get the look they want. What is your view? Which part of your body would you most like to 'enhance' and what would it take to get you to do it?

I would like a second pair of hands, eyes in the back of my head and extra sensory perception.

Allan Howlett, principal project manager, London

At 6ft 2, 14 stone and 34, I still feel in the prime of my life. My tummy has taken years of hard work to develop, and cost much more than £4,000, even if beer was 80p a pint all those years ago. My nose took 10 years of playing rugby to get it into the shape it is now.

As for a bigger bust. . . I think my wife would have something to say about that - anyway, I would have to buy new suits, so that is out of the question. Plastic surgery?

Nah, I would rather spend the money on a good holiday or the Barbarians tour to New Zealand next year.

Dewi Evans, 34, principal engineer, Stuttgart

Lipsosuction for me - painless weight loss. Too many unhealthy meals late at night could be removed without eating lettuce for months. What would it take to get me to do it? A lottery win perhaps, but I do not play it, so I could be waiting for some time.

Mike Dommett, 47, CRE Civils

For me, plastic surgery might involve straightening the nose or reducing the dimension round my waist. For it to happen, I would need to have other works under way, perhaps due to serious injury as the result of an accident.

Variation orders are not necessarily cheap, but it is usually more economical to use the contractor on site for miscellaneous extra works than to re-tender.


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