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Crisis Moves Brazil to Second Place in Plastic Surgery Ranking

07/17/2015 - 09h52

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CLÁUDIA COLLUCCI
FROM SÃO PAULO

The economic crisis has made the country lose its position as the number one in the plastic surgery market. Breast augmentation and liposuction were the most affected - numbers are down by 41 thousand and 10 thousand less operations, respectively.

The unpublished data was gathered by the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery in a world report, which heard 35,000 plastic surgeons from 90 countries.

In 2014, when the Brazilian economy grew 0.1% - its worst performance in five years - a total of 1.34 million surgeries were carried out, that is, 148 thousand less compared to 2013, when the country ranked as leader.

The United States regained the lead with 1.48 million operations, 31,000 more compared to 2013.

In the opinion of the plastic surgeon Carlos Uebel, a director of ISAPS, Brazilians are giving up things that are not priorities due to the economic squeeze. "Plastic surgery is one of them."

This is the case for shopkeeper Cynthia Camargo, 35, who was planning to have breast implants placed this July but gave up the idea. "Sales have plunged in my store. I dream about the operation but I can't afford to get myself into debt."

Translated by CRISTIANE COSTA LIMA

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