As I read the journal by Alexander Edmonds on the enormous plastic surgery industry and how it is view as a treatment or even a cure to low self-esteem. As a result of this common belief, plastic surgeries are paid for by Catholic charities as well as Federal funding in a time where their public healthy care system is in many ways failing. Also, the private practices of plastic surgery are found everywhere, even in poor communities because to have ‘simple surgeries’ is a sign as middle class. Although in Brazil, the middle class is the minority among social classes. Often times these surgeries are to make the patient meet social standards to better fit and society.
This reminded me of a short documentary I saw about double eyelid surgery in China. At this point, the market has been made into a production line and is often is a tenth or even twentieth of the cost it would be in the United States. The patient go into the clinic, fill out some paper work, wait in a long line, and then go in for surgery that day. No consolation, not meant a doctor prior. Many Chinese are opting to get this surgery is fit the more western standards of beauty and this reminded me so much of the woman, Naci, who wanted to get rhinoplasty after loosing her job. Then her nose was described as an ugly ‘negroid nose’. That the standards of beauty seem to be more based on race rather than actual shapes of the body. And this I feel breaks the Brazilian idea that beauty is accessible, even to the pour, because it is unrealistic to change someone’s natural origins through surgery to fit in.