Surgery: Nose Jobs and The Navy

Nose Jobs and The Navy

Over the past two years Navy plastic surgeons in San Diego have performed 544 free nose jobs, face-lifts, liposuctions and other cosmetic treatments on officers, sailors and their dependents. When the Los Angeles Times disclosed the numbers last week, critics castigated the work as a waste of money. The Navy defended the practice on the ground that the operations helped hone the skills of its physicians.

The Navy showed less charity in a similar case earlier this month. After a six-month investigation, the Navy reprimanded plastic surgeon Mitchell Grayson, a commander, and fined him $2,000. His offense: borrowing surgical instruments to...

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