The economic crisis in Brazil and the rising of the dollar quotation to nearby R$4 has also made the country lose its position as the top one country in the plastic surgery niche market. In 2014, when the Brazilian economy grew 0.1%, its worst performance in five years, a total of 1.34 million surgeries were carried out, but still, 148 thousand less compared to the previous year, when Brazil ranked as leader.
The country of samba and soccer has lost the top of the rank in 2015 to the United States. The unpublished data was gathered by the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery in a world report, which heard 35,000 plastic surgeons from 90 different countries.
The plastic surgeon Carlos Uebel, director of the Brazilian Plastic Surgery Association – ISAPS, said to a leader newspaper in Brazil, Folha de Sao Paulo that Brazilians are giving up things that are not priorities due to the economic squeeze. Breast augmentation and liposuction were the most affected with the numbers down, respectively, by 41 thousand and 10 thousand less operations.