A Venezuelan politician is offering breast implants as a prize in a raffle to raise funds for his election campaign, according to reports.
Cosmetic surgery, especially breast enlargement, is widespread in image-conscious Venezuela whose beauty queens have won numerous international pageant titles. Even a recession has not diminished Venezuelans’ appetite for cosmetic surgery with many people taking out loans for the surgery. Mr Rojas, of the opposition First Justice party, stated that he was not too worried about the medical details of his offer: “The raffle is a financing mechanism, nothing else.” “It’s the doctor who will do the operation, not me.”
While it is likely true that Mr. Rojas will be leaving the plastic surgery to the plastic surgeons, this entire process undermines the true integrity and seriousness of plastic surgery as an art and science. Breast augmentation, along with many other plastic surgical operations, is real surgery and should not be diminished to the level of a “door prize.” This underscores the true hidden dangers that exist with medical tourism.