The controversy surrounding parents who take their children for plastic surgery procedures is one that is likely not going away any time soon. That’s understandable because children’s bodies are not yet fully developed. Why change something that’s not done changing anyway? Kiddos are too young when it comes to plastic surgery—usually.
For some, the lines are not so clearly defined and not everything is black and white. Several cases have come up in recent years involving bullying that drove parents and their children to seek plastic surgery as a way out. The pain of going to school every day became all too real for these students. For parents, dropping off their children every day into an environment of bullying was a challenge in itself.
There are many plastic surgeries that kids may want to undergo to avoid bullying. Surgeries to pin ears back for example or correct jaw disorders are common procedures for children. While all of these procedures are safe and approved for youngsters, the decision to go through with plastic surgery for a child is one that should not be taken lightly. The most important deciding factor should be the long-term emotional well-being of the child. Some may argue that plastic surgery performed on someone so young may cause emotional scarring. However, every case should be treated as an individual one. Each child should be evaluated carefully before making a final decision.
It’s easy to tell children to learn to face their enemies and be confident without changing appearances. It’s harder for the child to actually accomplish this. The best end result would be for all children who face bullying due to their looks to learn to be confident and turn the other cheek. When that fails and the damage that incessant bullying is causing a child’s spirit reaches a dangerous level, plastic surgery may be something to talk about with a counselor and surgeon.