Your Aluminum Finish, Slightly Diminished

An odd little story out of Venezuela. Despite (or maybe because of) the antics of (T)hugo Chavez, Venezuelans are flocking to plastic surgeons. Going into debt to get a nip and tuck or a boob job:

“There is never a question of not doing it, but of how you can do it. We all want to get everything done,” said Helen Patino, a 37-year-old former model who had her first breast augmentation when she was 21 and her third about three months ago.

Venezuela’s inflation is the highest in Latin America, up more than 20 percent in the first 10 months of this year and the South American nation is in recession after a five year boom.

Hard times may even encourage cosmetic procedures as people look for ways to lift their spirits, with many dipping into savings or taking on debt to get operations, surgeons say.

“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.

One wonders if there will be a plastic surgery boom in the new Omerica if the won gets his agenda in place.

The very old now Jefferson Airplane lyrics seem appropriate.

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6 Responses to Your Aluminum Finish, Slightly Diminished

  1. Phineas says:

    Years ago, in grad school, a friend from Costa Rica told me that Venezuelans had the reputation of being the most vain people in South America. Sounds like things haven’t changed.

  2. Tom says:

    Won’t be much of a market if “O” gets his botax passed…

  3. Sam L. says:

    I always liked that song, but I see there are very few of the words in it that I remember.

  4. Straight8 says:

    Sam L.
    “Go ask Alice, when she’s ten feet tall.”

  5. Sam L. says:

    Straight8, I’m not a white rabbit, but I can go 3/5ths of a mile in 10 seconds.

  6. Gaius says:

    Don’t it just make you want somebody to love?

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