“Life, liberty and the pursuit of beauty” was how Morley Safer described Brazil’s unofficial motto, and for good reason. In 1998 — the year Safer’s report “I’ve Got a Secret” aired — Brazil was the world’s capital of plastic surgery. And, Rio de Janeiro had more plastic surgeons per capita than any other city worldwide. Among them was Dr. Ivo Pitanguy, known as the father of body sculpture.
Pitanguy died earlier this month — one day after he helped carry the Olympic torch in Rio. Here’s how 60 Minutes reported Pitanguy’s contributions to Brazil and the world back in 1998.