Monday, May 10, 2004

Plastic Surgery a bargain in Iran "TEHRAN, Iran - When Sara Shahpouri returns home to Santa Monica, Calif., from her annual trips to Iran, she usually has a suitcase full of saffron and pistachios and a Persian carpet. This year, she came back with a new face.
In the Los Angeles area, Shahpouri's home since she fled the 1979 Islamic Revolution, a face-lift would have cost her several thousand dollars. Instead, she bought round-trip airfare to Tehran, put her face in the hands of the city's pre-eminent plastic surgeon and had money left over to spend on jewelry.
Surprisingly, cosmetic surgery is thriving in Iran. Skilled doctors master the latest procedures practiced in the West and acquire the newest tools, from lasers to wrinkle-busting serums. "


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