More Children Getting Cosmetic Surgery

Bullying in schools has gotten so bad that children barely in double-digit age are getting cosmetic surgeries to thwart bullies.

By nowproducerdave on April 10, 2018
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And I mean children, too. These kids are about 12 years old, and they’re getting cosmetic surgery. Why? Because of bullies.

Now 12 years old, Braidon Fugal was born a few weeks premature. Due to that, he had to spend the first several weeks on machines at the hospital. Those machines prevented him from being able to sleep on his left side. Since he couldn’t put weight on his left ear during those first few weeks of life, it bagan to stick out farther than the right ear. His mother says she tried to put a headband around Braidon’s head to help, but it kept falling off or otherwise moving out of the way, thus releasing the ear rather than “training” it to sit more against his head. This has resulted in Braidon being bullied and teased in school now, since one ear sticks out more than the other.

Doctor Steven Mobley performs plastic surgery, and he says that he sees a lot of children coming in for otoplasty, or “ear pinning.” About half of them are coming in because they’re being bullied for something about their ears (or other features), and he says that he himself had the procedure done back in the late 80s when shorter hair styles started gaining in popularity. He says “otoplasty patients aren’t thinking, ‘I want to have these smoking hot ears.’ From my own personal experience, I can tell you that if you lined me up with other guys and put a ruler behind my ears, my ears clearly stuck out. I thought, ‘I just want to blend in.’ I wasn’t bullied that badly.” The ear is about 80% of it’s “adult” size by the time children reach kindergarten, so the procedure can be done safely, in addition to it being a low-risk procedure in the first place.

See also: People are getting earlobe reduction surgery.

Ok sure, kids are getting made fun of for something about their ears, but we’re really resulting to getting plastic surgery on children? I know that teachers and parents can’t always be around children, but should we focus more on teaching kids not to be such little brats making fun of other kids for silly things like that, or is it more or less a lost cause? It’s terrible that a child feels like plastic surgery at 12 years old is the way to fix the problem. But at the same time, other kids are relentless. They’ll latch on to anything different from themselves so they can make fun of someone. But to be totally honest, it’s never ending. We’re glad the Braidon is going to get the procedure done from the side of the argument that he’ll feel better about his appearance, but we’re sad that it had to come to that. Anyway, check out some more details here.

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