Brazilian busted for performing illegal plastic surgery

Plastic surgery tourism has been thriving in many countries around the Globe, namely Brazil, Venezuela, Thailand, Hungary, Costa Rica, Czech Republic….really, anywhere healthcare is somewhat affordable.

A couple of months ago, Abha blogged about people going to Brazil both for the Carnival and for plastic surgery. Why go so far when you can get a Brazilian doctor perform one right in the comfort of his own basement in the US? It is cheap, but I won’t lie to you, there are some problems.

A Brazilian doctor was accused of being part of an underground cosmetic surgery network and sentenced to up to three years in prison on Tuesday after pleading guilty in the death of a 24-year-old woman, who died died of complications from liposuction surgery.

The doctor (see picture) apparently performed the surgery on a massage table under unsanitary conditions and did not have a qualified professional present to monitor the patient’s vital signs, AP reports.

Prosecutors said Ribeiro performed liposuction, nose jobs and Botox injections for several years, mostly in Framingham’s large Brazilian immigrant community, where cosmetic surgery is popular among beauty-conscious women.

I always wondered why plastic surgery was so popular among Brazilian women. Anyone?