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FREE COSMETIC SURGERY FOR ALL – HOW DEMOCRATIC!

Did you know that even a poor chambermaid or a struggling housewife living in Brazil, is entitled to free cosmetic surgery? The philosophy behind the more than 220 clinics across Brazil that treat thousands of maids, receptionists, waitresses and others is simply that beauty is a right that belongs equally to the poor and the affluent.

The Brazilian Society of Aesthetic Medicine’s Rio clinic has performed free procedures on more than 14,000 patients since its founding in 1997.

Beauty treatments such as free Botox, chemical peels and laser hair removal may at first seem shockingly frivolous in a country which, despite phenomenal economic growth in recent years, still battles some basic diseases such as tuberculosis and dengue.

Surgeons argue, and apparently have convinced the government, that good looks have a more than skin deep effect, and by treating what patients view as physical flaws, doctors are often also healing their psyches, bolstering their self-esteem. The notion that beauty treatments can help free patients from crippling neuroses, was pioneered over many decades by celebrated Brazilian plastic surgeon Ivo Pitanguy, now 85 years of age.

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BOOB JOB CREAMS – DO THEY REALLY WORK?

The results of a 6 week test on boob job creams were just published in Cosmetic Surgery Guru, showing pretty mixed reviews on their effectiveness.

The site ran the test over a six-week period, with a selection of female volunteers asked to try out two of the leading brands out there and report back regularly on their experiences.

The most expensive cream on the market was the one that seemed to garner the most negative response, with no-one reporting any discernible difference in breast size. The luxurious, moisturising qualities of the cream appeared to be a positive, but one of the volunteers stated: “not worth the money for what is more or less a posh moisturizer”.

While the “soft scent of rose, orange and grapefruit oil” was appreciated by some, others felt that after a while, applying the cream became something of an inconvenience –  especially since they saw no discernible difference.

There was a much more positive response for the second cream tested. One woman praised the sweet smell and some saw their breasts change by the half-way mark. “I do think my breasts feel fuller and tighter. My breasts also look a bit rounder and more appealing in my bra.”, said one.

Others said they felt their chest was “slightly firmer” and another comment was “my bra is fitting much tighter and in certain tops I can see a real difference.” In addition, praise was given to the cream for making the women more aware of their cup size, with one woman saying “I’d certainly be likely to notice changes.”

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CAN COSMETIC SURGERY BE GOOD FOR YOUR HEALTH?

I get occasional flack from my readers and fellow bloggers for my positive views on Cosmetic Surgery for the right person, when done at the right time, with the right surgeon, for the right reasons. I know there are a lot of “rights” there. But when all those ducks are in a row, here is one huge positive issue often overlooked.

As we all know, body image, which is intimately linked to appearance, can make a huge difference in the way we feel about ourselves. As I interviewed women (over 100 of them for my book on women and cosmetic surgery), their stories confirmed how deeply body image can be embedded into our psyche and how powerfully it impacts our lives.

But what fascinated me even more was the results of a Mayo Clinic study, where they tracked two hundred and fifty women who had had facelifts twenty years earlier. They discovered that by statistical comparison, the facelift patients had lived ten years longer than the general female population.

Does this study claim a cause-effect relationship between facelifts and longevity? Certainly not! But it does suggest that cosmetic surgery patients are likely to be strongly dedicated to health and fitness, which can easily translate to living longer. After all is said and done, the last laugh might be heaped upon those who have no interest in outer beauty and little patience for those who do!

Want to know what really makes me bristle? Read my article about the $25,000 Nip, Tuck and Lift Sweepstakes, sponsored by Trump Taj Mahal. Speaking of giving Cosmetic Surgery a bad name!

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