Blame for the rise of these surgeries here, Chavez said on State television over the weekend, corresponds to the doctors who “convinced that if they don’t have some large breasts, they should feel bad for some women”. he said that it was a “monstrous thing” they were looking for poor women breast lifts when they struggled to make ends meet.
“What is this, friend?” Chavez exclaimed to his viewers.
Chavez’s comments come at a time when Venezuela has become one of the main markets for breast augmentation. between 30,000 and 40,000 women suffer the procedure every year, according to estimates of the Venezuelan society of plastic surgeons.
Billboards in Caracas announced loans for surgery. Gossip blogs speculate about the improvements in fact participants in the pageant of Miss Venezuela. Last year, one of the candidates for the National Assembly, Gustavo Rojas, tried to finance his campaign by outside rifando a lifting (lost anyway).
“Have never seen more than silicone anywhere else”, Mireia Sallar?s, a filmmaker from Spain that focuses on feminist issues and is working on a project on Venezuela, said the daily Tal Cual.
While Chavez regretted the amount of money spent on breast aesthetic surgery, there is also a dark side of proceedings, reports of surgical errors, resulting in the deaths of some patients. A woman of 20 years, Paola rivers, died in Caracas this month due to an increase in chest surgery complications.
The position of Mr. Ch?vez over an item of subject in Venezuelan popular culture ask quick reactions of some sectors, particularly the medical profession. “I don’t think that there should be any discrimination against these cosmetic procedures,” said Dr. Ram?n Zapata Sirvent, a prominent plastic surgeon here.
In a harsh editorial on the subject on Monday, the newspaper of the national opposition in comparison with Chavez to Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi, the Libyan leader, who considered Chavez a friend. “Now comes this outdated, militaristic, thick and repressive attitude of the women’s freedom to do what they want with their bodies”, he told El Nacional.
The President, however, clarified that you increase breast does not square well with its revolutionary priorities. he said that you among the thousands of letters received from supporters, one came to ask his aid for an uprising, which could cost up to $7,000. “Of course had to reject it,” he said.
State media with the President on the subject. the State newspaper mail of the Orinoco said this month that the surgery was “as common as dentist and not citations is unusual for that rich parents buy her daughters of 15 years with pride breast implants birthday ‘coming of age’ represents”.
Maria Eugenia Diaz contributed reporting.