Is Plastic Surgery Really The Answer for Bullied Kids?
There’s finally a bit of good news for kids getting bullied in school: they may be eligible for free plastic surgery! In one of the stranger and more deplorable practices in our society today, an organization called “Little Baby Faces” is offering cosmetic procedures for bullied kids, free of charge. While this may seem like an honorable move at first glance, parents should note that the service isn’t aimed only at correcting disfigurements caused by bullies. In one story, a young girl teased because of her “big ears” scores a plastic surgery consultation through Little Baby Faces and leaves with a long list of her physical imperfections.
At the age of 10, Nadia Ilse finally asked her mom if she could get plastic surgery to have her ears pinned back, after enduring years of bullying by kids who called her “Dumbo” and “elephant ears.” Through the Little Baby Faces program, Nadia was able to correct the minor problem that had been plaguing her for more than seven years. However, the plastic surgeon in Nadia’s consultation encouraged the 14-year-old to get not only surgery to pin her ears back, but surgery on other imperfect facial features as well. As the surgeon said to Nadia, “I love thin chins, but I don’t want them as pointy as that chin.” And he didn’t stop there. He also recommended surgery on her nose, in order to repair the asymmetrical features that he said would become more pronounced once her ears were pinned back, even though Nadia never noticed or mentioned these “imperfections.” What gives?
While offering the 14-year-old an all-expense paid trip to New York for a free otoplasty surgery is commendable, you have to wonder, what are the implications of putting self-conscious kids under the knife? And why did the plastic surgeon have to talk Nadia into a rhinoplasty and mentoplasty, in addition to the procedure she was planning on having? More importantly, what happens when Nadia gets a little older and decides that she doesn’t like her stomach or thinks that her breasts are too small? How much more likely is she to opt for plastic surgery now that she’s already undergone three procedures before the age of 18? The whole situation just seems like a plastic surgery nightmare waiting to happen. After all, what is Little Baby Faces marketing, minor surgical procedures or little perfect faces? I’m sure that Nadia is loving all of the attention that her free plastic surgery has garnered, but in the long run this is a hugely negative thing to do to a teenage girl.