(National Sentinel) Not Paradise: The ‘Bolivarian revolution’ is not going so well in once-prosperous Venezuela, as the country’s economy continues to collapse while ordinary people have more and more difficulty simply finding basic necessities.
However, there is one industry that is thriving there, and it’s not the country’s vast petroleum sector: It’s plastic surgery.
Many patients seeking procedures travel to the Venezuelan border town of Puerto Ordaz to have liposuction, breast augmentation and corresponding buttocks surgeries done because it is cheaper.
Brazilians are especially flocking there; in their country, procedures like these cost upwards of $9,000, but across the border, the price is closer to $3,000, Breitbart News reported.
The procedures are cheaper due to high demand and the massive devaluation of Venezuela’s currency, the bolívar.
“Most of my patients are Brazilians,” nurse Maia, who runs a retreat named the Powerful Women of Dr. Jorge Balekji, said in an interview with the BBC. “They come here to realize their dream of plastic surgery. In our country, it is very expensive.”
Venezuela has one of the world’s highest rates of plastic surgery, with mostly women undergoing procedures.
“Today, I feel like the happiest woman on earth, with these 400ml silicone implants placed in me,” added Vanessa Faria Silva, a surgery patient. “I love my breasts. … My self-esteem is high, and I am a happy woman.”
However, there are drawbacks. Venezuela is short of virtually everything, and now that includes breast implants.
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