Many people regard Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery as a means to improve one’s appearance stemmed out of superficial vanity but the truth is, the reasons behind this decision can vary widely for each patient. The benefits of surgery are also subject to personal interpretation and can mean different things in different countries and contexts.
For example, recently an article in NPR* reported that in Brazil, nips and tucks barely raises an eyebrow. In fact some are quite open about it and choose to flaunt it as opposed to hiding it. In the article, 40 year-old sisters Janet and Jaqueline Timal are constantly saving for plastic surgery procedures and between the two of them, they have had five surgeries.
What’s interesting to know is that both Janet and Jaqueline see plastic surgery as an investment to boost their careers and love life – it’s essentially a status symbol. Taking care of your appearance in Brazil can reflect positively for a woman as it shows that you care about yourself and this in turn can result in better job prospects and a higher chance of a “better marriage”.