Leave it to Brazil, land of the supermodels and hardcore bikini waxes, to turn cosmetic surgery into a human rights issue.
Rather than contend with the depressing aspects of poverty like hunger and diseases like tuberculosis and dengue, Brazil has opted to put a happy spin on things by having their top plastic surgeons offer their beautifying services to the poor for free.
After all, looking good is something that should be a natural-born right like citizenship and the right to pursue happiness, say doctors. By flattening ears, injecting Botox, and offering liposuction to the less fortunate, doctors argue that they do more than aesthetically augment, they "heal their psyche." (Sure, but, can the patients at least get a cheeseburger while recovering in post-op?)
"What's a wrinkle? Something minor, right? Something with precious little importance," says Nelson Rosas, MD, who heads the Rio branch of The Brazilian Society of Aesthetic Medicine. "But when we treat theRead More »from Brazil Offers Free Plastic Surgery to Its Poor ('Cause, Who Needs Food when You Can Look Great Instead?)