The interview began in the usual way. After a brief exchange of pleasantries, I explained how I got involved in this research about women’s experiences with cosmetic surgery. I made of point o f say­ ing that despite all the attention currently being given to cosmetic surgery in the media, no one seemed particularly concerned about what the recipients themselves had to say about it. I was, therefore, especially interested in what made her decide to have cosmetic surgery, her experiences with the operation itself, and how she felt about it now that it was all over. I explained that I did not have a fixed set o f questions and that she could talk about whatever she thought was relevant or wanted to tell me. I would only interrupt if I didn’t understand what she was saying.