Reconstructing Lives and Improving
Self-Esteem Through Donated Plastic Surgery
Created in 1987, the Magic Mirror Foundation is a non-profit organization that maintains tax-exempt status under IRS Section 501(c)(3). It was created on the premise that there are numerous individuals whose physical appearance may be negatively affecting their self-image. The foundation’s mission is to provide cosmetic and reconstructive surgery to those who cannot afford it on their own, and for whom the results could ultimately have a profound and life-changing impact.
Dr Michael Niccole is the Founder and Medical Director of the Magic Mirror Foundation. He was honored in 2008 by the Muscular Dystrophy Association for his humanitarian acts to children and adults during the previous 25 years. This archived video is a look into one of his trips abroad; where his surgical skills were used to change the lives of adults and children in rural villages of Mexico and Argentina.
“Physical imperfections can follow someone around like a dark cloud. When that dark cloud is lifted they discover that there’s a whole world out there waiting for them.”
WHY WE DO WHAT WE DO
For years psychologists, psychiatrists, doctors, educators and religious leaders have acknowledged and evaluated the important contribution that a positive self-image can make toward a fulfilling life. Individuals who may perceive themselves as unattractive – due to a congenital deformity from birth, a traumatic injury from an accident or domestic violence, or disease that changes their appearance – face the constant challenge of living in a society where – for many – physical beauty is highly regarded.
For those fortunate enough to possess adequate financial resources, surgery can often improve their appearance; while also increasing confidence and self-image. However, those who cannot afford surgery must struggle with their appearance; which frequently results in poor self-esteem and an overwhelming insecurity; preventing many from reaching their full potential in society as confident human beings.
Magic Mirror Foundation
Magic Mirror Foundation is a non-profit organization that maintains tax-exempt status under IRS Section 501(c)(3).
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