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With some 74,300 operations performed in a career spanning six decades, Dr Ivo Pitanguy, the world’s most famous plastic surgeon, is revered in his native Brazil as the guru of his art. He is especially legendary in Rio de Janeiro, the city whose plastic assets owe so much to him. In Rio’s dazzling 1999 carnival parade he was honoured with a life-sized replica of himself manning The Universe of Beauty, a huge white three-tiered float, led by women in feathers, dancing the samba.

Pitanguy is hailed as the “Michelangelo of the Scalpel” and his sca…



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