Brazil’s Philosophy of Free Plastic Surgery. Is Beauty a Right?

Brazzil, By Alisha Webb, Feb 4, 2013

“Although common in much of the western world, plastic surgery is something that is seen as an almost taboo subject by many. Nearly everyone has seen the effects of the surgeries either through celebrities who go under the knife, or popular ‘before and after photos’, however those who actually elect to have the surgeries performed are relatively few and far between. ┬áThis, however, is not true everywhere in the world. Brazilian culture has grown to be very open about plastic surgeries, and is a culture that believes everyone has the right to look beautiful. To better understand this Brazilian mindset, one must look at the history of the culture, what exactly is available, and the impact it could have going forward.┬áBrazilian clinics began giving out free plastic surgery procedures since 1997, opening the market to the poor and impoverished across the nation. The discounted or free surgeries were seen as a way to improve the lives of people throughout the country in a manner similar to a psychiatrist.”

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