Plastic surgery despite hard times.
Unfazed by a recession and rampant inflation, image-conscious
Venezuelans show no signs of cutting back on the facelifts, liposuction,
and breast augmentation that have become de rigueur beauty treatments,
reports Reuters (Nov. 25, 2009). "The financial crisis has spurred
people to spend more on themselves ... to console themselves in this
crisis. I have not seen demand diminishing," said Peter Romer, a
plastic surgeon in Caracas. For Iris Delgado, a 57-year-old dental
technician, a lack of funds was not an obstacle to getting a recent
eyelid tuck. "With the economy, one has to make sacrifices, because
you don't have the money. So, you get it from credit cards, from
family and you pay for it," said Delgado, who borrowed 7,000
bolivares--about $3,250--for the procedure. In this image-conscious
country, famous for beauty queens who win record numbers of
international pageant titles, the idea of getting cosmetic surgery is
instilled at a young age.