Omar Gadhafi's plastic surgery in 1995 involved taking fat from his belly and transplanting it into his face to alleviate wrinkles, according to the Hindustan Times.
Brazilian surgeon Laicyr Ribeiro, who performed the operation, spoke to the Daily Mail about it in order to “provide insight into a man about whom little is known, and certainly not to boast.”
The Libyan leader sent a representative who approached Ribiero at a conference in Tripoli. The surgeon was led to an underground bunker, complete with a swimming pool, gym, and two state-of-the-art operating rooms.
"He told me that he had been in power for 25 years at that time, and that he did not want the young people of his nation to see him as an old man," said Ribiero. The doctor first recommended a facelift for Gadhafi, but he refused, saying he wanted something that would be less noticeable.
Another surgeon, Fabio Naccache of Sao Paulo, corroborated Ribiero's story by confirming he was part of the same team that performed the operation, and that he also performed a hair transplant on the leader.
Ribiero, who maintains a global reputation as a plastic surgeon, said: "I warned Gaddafi that the effects of the operation I performed would last for about five years, that it had an expiration date after which the skin would sag and the wrinkles would reappear. He said he would call me if he needed me to come back, and about five years ago there was such a request, but I had a family obligation. They never called me again,"
After the surgery, the doctors said that Gadhafi, then 53, looked “like a 45-year-old man.” However, he added, “he is not looking very good these days.”
Of Gadhafi's manner, Ribiero said that he spoke perfect English and “was an extremely polite, intelligent, cordial and soft-spoken person who quickly told me what he wanted and why.”