RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – When it comes to plastic surgery, Brazil is one of the most popular countries in the world, second to the USA in number of procedures.
In 2015, according to the International Society of Plastic Surgery and Aesthetics, 1.2 million plastic surgeries were performed in Brazil. Worldwide, the country still takes the lead for eyelid surgery, butt implants, and butt lifts.
But a specific city is considered the mecca of those who seek the best of plastic surgery: Rio de Janeiro. According to plastic surgeon Luiz Victor Carneiro Jr, this popularity is explained by the tradition and legacy left by Ivo Pitanguy, the country’s most celebrated plastic surgeon.
“Pitanguy has established all of his career in Rio. His clinic, located in Botafogo, is a reference both in Brazil and the world. More than 5,000 plastic surgeons – among fellows and visitors – have attended the place”, he said.
Also, Pitanguy has a three-year plastic surgery postgraduate course at the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio). Created in 1960, the program has trained more than 500 plastic surgeons from more than 40 countries.
“Some of the best and most prepared Brazilian plastic surgeons are in Rio, attending Dr. Pitanguy’s school. Undoubtedly, this professional experience is one of the main attractions for those who want good quality procedures,” said the plastic surgeon.
Carneiro also pointed out that professionals in Rio don’t usually follow popular world trends, maintaining their personality in terms of techniques applied to the surgeries.
“Other Brazilian states, especially São Paulo, follow American and European standards of plastic surgery. In Rio, surgeons analyze the biotype of each patient and, then, assure what is possible to do in each case, therefore going against preconceived trends”.
Besides that, the city has the best hospital structures in the country for plastic surgery, bringing safety and comfort to the patient. “Currently, I see people from Rio Grande do Sul, Brasília, and most of the Northeast cities. The majority of these patients make it clear that Carioca surgeons are more concerned about the small details and are always looking for results beyond expectations,” he said.