Childhood Plastic Surgery: Solution For Bullied Kids?

We've discussed this topic on numerous occasions in the past, however, we feel its worth reiterating once again, as we see even more startling reports about childhood plastic surgery.

This latest trend evolves the use of cosmetic surgery, to combat childhood bullying? And while this may seem like a step in the wrong direction, this controversial solution is being sought after by an increasing amount of parents.

Dr. John Teichgraeber, who is a plastic surgeon at the University of Texas Health, told Fox News Latino...
The kids are much more attuned to their own personal appearance at a younger age. Their nose is a little off, they'll start talking to me about it at 6-8, as opposed to 12-14 like they used to before.
A lot of these kids, they take abuse and one of the things parents say is, I don't care how much this costs, they're really affected when they go to school.
And while this trend is surely good for business, and plastic surgeons aren't obligated to reject such young patients, the root of the issue seems to lie within the parents of these fragile children.

Instead of altering their child's appearance, these mothers and fathers should explain to their children, how different people will find different things beautiful and that the differences of opinion don't matter at all.

And explain how bullying is something that has existed since the beginning of time, and the words of a bully contain no truth, and are often provoked by their own insecurities, which all of have, yet some cannot manage properly.

Parents should serve as a guide for their children, to help them understand and make informed decisions. And if later in life that same child wants to opt for plastic surgery, as an adult, it will be his/her time to make that crucial decision.

Please share your thoughts and comments on the topic of childhood plastic surgery, a new found reality, that is literally changing the face of the next generation.

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4 Responses So Far:

Anonymous said...

i, personally, have never been bullied but had a very low self esteem because of my nose. i have had a rhinoplasty and i feel much better about myself. and if a child is being bullied, parents need to know what the reason for bullying is, it doesn't have to be about the looks it could be something totally different.

Anonymous said...

Feh. Maybe if parents taught their kids not to treat other people like garbage this wouldn't be an issue. Isn't "don't be an asshole" a better thing to teach than "people will be assholes to you, so you find their insecurities and do it right back?"

Anonymous said...

I was bullied, but the thought of plastic surgery never ever entered my mind. Pretty sad that society has come to this.

Lynn Large said...

I don't condone fighting, but do feel that a child needs to carry themselves a certain way to avoid being bullied. Also a bully is usually being bullied themselves, by an older siblng or even a parent. The key is to talk with is better to be a tattle-tale(as the kids say) than to be abused all of the time.