Nicaragua: Cosmetic surgery, a source of dispute

By Sylvia R. Torres

Managua, July (SEMlac Special). - The case of a 20-year-old girl, who died a few hours after some cosmetic surgery last July 18, has become viral on social networks. 
"Control over women's bodies is a mainstay of patriarchy," said Eva Blanco, a member of a feminist group in León.
Many people have argued that social pressure makes women pursuit an ideal model of beauty and that all individuals should have the right to make decisions over their bodies. 
Feminist Gracia Oro urged to respect these decisions.

Frank Hooker, a member of La Corriente feminist program, recalled that the patriarchal system promotes beauty stereotypes while branding young women who die as a result of cosmetic surgery as conceited. 
Dr. David Páramo has been accused of malpractice and homicide. He became "famous" in 2011, when a young man had an implant made by him "for better sexual performance."
Urologist Jorge Saborío accused him of medical negligence, because he had performed a procedure he was not qualified to use, under inappropriate conditions.
His cosmetic surgery service costs used to range from 230 to 3.200 dollars.
Another of his victims is Allison Molina (26), whose breast implants led to a pulmonary complication in July 2014.
Armando Siú, director of the Association of Cosmetic Surgeons, told media representatives that Páramo will not be accepted back. 
University professor Ana V. Portocarrero highlighted the need to address patriarchal and racial components in beauty stereotypes.
She urged to defend the right to accurate and comprehensive information about these procedures. 

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