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Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we all felt comfortable with and free to share our dreams and desires for ourselves? The women in a piece on plastic surgery in Brazil by NPR are very open. They express beautiful sentiments about their appearances and how their looks affect their self-perception and self-confidence.

I was fortunate to be offered the opportunity to teach plastic surgeons in Brazil last year. I presented in Rio de Janeiro and Porto Allegre and instructed staff doctors and residents in the operating room on the “cutting edge” technology that the ACE electrosurgical device offers. It’s safer, faster and easier than the traditional scalpel. I was honored to learn this month that I was named lead author of a paper on skin incisions made with the ACE system published in PRS Global Open, the International Open Access Journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. I am humbled and very excited; I believe that this will help both patients and staff.

It’s a small world indeed when we can share our expertise with doctors in the other hemisphere and women there can share their beliefs and norms, hopes and dreams with us. I hope that the culture of openness only continues, so that we all can be the best possible versions of ourselves.

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