Medicine: Retreads in Rio

Retreats in Rio

Security and peace of mind, according to an old Brazilian adage, is a strong house, a tame horse and an ugly wife. If the maxim still applies, Rio de Janeiro is a less secure place today. For the former capital of Brazil has become a world capital of the plastic-surgery industry, and ugly wives by the hundreds are being remolded into well-proportioned visions of beauty. The deft use of vanity surgery, as the Brazilians call it, has provided women who flock in from all over the world with new faces, larger...