Reported a couple weeks ago in the dailybeast.com and the guardian, breast implants are still in scarce supply due to the government's currency controls. As a result, brand-name, US FDA approved implants are nearly impossible to obtain, with some using black market implants of uncertain origin and quality.
Venezuela has one of the highest rates of cosmetic surgery procedures per capita:
Daniela Holmes, a twentysomething Caracas native, explains that breast implants have “almost become like a cultural thing. It is like a rite of passage. It’s our version of a bat mitzvah. You’re a woman, you get fake boobs now.” - dailybeast.com
Some resourceful patients are bringing their own implants from the United States:
“Those who can afford to, and are lucky enough to find airline tickets, will wait for their next trip to the US. I had a friend bring them back.” - theguardian.com
we at rhee plastic surgery certainly sympathize with the Venezuelans, having worked with many patients who have had significant problems with breast implants placed elsewhere overseas (remember the PIP debacle in 2010). the old adage "pay now, or pay later" still holds.