Friday, January 12, 2018

Looking Good, Feeling Poor

There is at leat one part of Venezuela's economy that's thriving:
Many patients go to the Venezuelan border town of Puerto Ordaz to save money on operations such as liposuction, breast augmentation, and the corresponding buttock surgery, which cost around 10,000 Brazilian real – equivalent to $3,000 – in Venezuela. In Brazil, these procedures can cost up to three times as much.

Operations are cheaper as a result of high demand and the devaluation of the Venezuelan bolĂ­var, which has driven down the cost to the cheapest in the world.

“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 highest plastic surgery rates in the world, with thousands of women undergoing operations year after year.
It's also a good way to hide your identity from the angry masses...

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