Plastic Surgery Tourists Flock to Colombia

Images from a two-week trip to the land of lipo and breast lifts.
Brenda Fuentes

It's normal to return from vacation with a tan or a sunburn, but how about coming home with larger breasts, a nip and tuck, or a newly sculpted nose? Vacations packages offering such physical transformations are being promoted by travel agents and plastic surgeons in Colombia. About 500,000 thousand cosmetic operations are performed in the country annually—the second-highest number in South America (following Brazil).

For $10,000, Brenda Fuentes traveled from Puerto Rico to Bogotá for a two-week surgery vacation package that included liposuction, a breast lift, and a calve adjustment. It also included an apartment with maid service—not as a base for sightseeing, but as a place to recover following her operation, which left her sore and unable to get around on her own. 

Warning: Some images may be mildly NSFW.