Botox for the broke

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil (AP) - November 11, 2008

Not a problem in beauty-obsessed Rio de Janeiro - at least if you don't mind a trainee doing the work.

The Brazilian Society of Esthetic Medicine is offering free Botox injections and several other beauty treatments to those earning less than $250 a month.

Spokeswoman Isabel Alvarez says the program lets student doctors get experience and gives the poor a chance for luxury treatments they couldn't normally afford.

Also offered are laser hair or acne removal, chemical skin peels, treatment of varicose veins and nutritional counseling.

Alvarez says the program has operated sporadically since 1998 and has treated some 10,000 people. This year's 10-day program started Monday.

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