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Brazil clinics see beauty as a right and that "the poor deserve to be ravishing, too"

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In this photo taken Wednesday March 14, 2012, Nilcea Furtado receives a free of charge radio-frequency treatment by Dr. Ana Paula, right, at the Brazilian Society of Aesthetic Medicine clinic in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The philosophy behind the clinic and more than 200 similar clinics across Brazil, is that beauty is a right, and that the poor deserve to be ravishing, too. Beauty, the doctors argue, is more than skin deep, and by treating what their patients view as physical flaws they are often also healing their psyches.

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Doctors perform an abdominoplasty surgery at the Santa Casa de Misericordia hospital in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Wednesday March 21, 2012. The hospital focuses on reconstructive operations for burn victims and people with serious deformations, but it also provides discounted cosmetic procedures. At least two dozen, mostly public hospitals in Rio alone offer discounted or sometimes free cosmetic surgeries to low income people, according to a website aimed at informing potential patients.

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