IN FOREIGN PARTS: How Nose Jobs Are the Latest Must-Have for Mexico's Youth
Mexico, Jan McGirk, The Independent (London, England)
MY MOTHER used to say to me when my adolescent angst would irk her: "You'd cut off your nose to spite your face."
Well, that is precisely what teenagers are arranging to have done by plastic surgeons in Mexico City.
The entire nose doesn't get lopped off, of course. But plenty of cartilage gets carved away. Shopping malls and cafes are filled with the walking wounded, wearing their adhesive tape strips and bruises with pride during the full 10-day recovery period after a nose job.
Nobody seems to hide out of embarrassment or stay away from classes until the stitches heal. It's a status symbol. From under the bandages emerge pert, aquiline profiles which …
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Publication information: Article title: IN FOREIGN PARTS: How Nose Jobs Are the Latest Must-Have for Mexico's Youth. Contributors: Mexico, Jan McGirk - Author. Newspaper title: The Independent (London, England). Publication date: August 24, 2002. Page number: 14. © 2009 The Independent - London. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All Rights Reserved.
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