Venezuela: Cosmetic surgery industry thrives amid medicine shortages

Venezuela is suffering critical shortages of prescription drugs and basic medical supplies. But, as this medical crisis worsens, the cosmetic surgery industry is thriving fueled by Venezuelans with access to dollars, and by foreigners who travel here looking for a deal. The devaluation of the Venezuelan currency bolivar, and the demand in Venezuela for dollars has driven down the cost of cosmetic surgery here to be the least expensive in the world. Cosmetic Surgeon Garbis Kaakedjian says nearly half his patients come from Brazil, Colombia, the UK, and even the US. Most of them want breast augmentation. And though he says he has no difficulty getting the implants, he does caution his patients about what to bring with them.

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