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Brazil offering free plastic surgery to the poor

Apr 23rd 2012 at 6:31 AM

The high cost of plastic surgery makes it a luxury for Americans. But that’s not the case in Brazil, where plastic surgery is regarded as a right, thanks to various hospitals and clinics offering discounted and free plastic surgery services.

According to a recent report by the Associated Press, thousands of poor Brazilians have received plastic surgeries like laser treatments, chemical peels, laser hair removal and Botox injections for free.

Over 220 clinics all over Brazil offer discounted or free plastic surgery procedures to those who would not otherwise be able to pay for the services. And what is the main thrust for clinics to offer free services? It’s basically to help patients boost their self-esteem and become more confident through plastic surgery.

Dr. Ivo Pitanguy, considered the philosopher of plastic surgery in the country, established the first center for treating the underprivileged people, mostly focusing on people with deformities and burn victims, but also provided cosmetic surgery at discounted prices. Today, the increasing number of clinics and hospitals offering these services see long waiting lists.

Cosmetic surgery is not only beneficial to patients; it also benefits providers as it allows young practitioners to earn experience.

Brazil is a popular destination for medical tourists looking for discounted plastic surgery. It is also the top provider of plastic surgery services, followed by the US, where over 9.1 million procedures were carried out in 2011, says the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPs).

 

Source : This Article is originally posted by cosmeticsurgerynews.

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