Teens Get Plastic Surgery as a Result of Bullying
We all know that bullying has been a major issue in America recently. With teens being taunted for their weight, orientation, race, even clothing. This sort of abuse can be detrimental and have even caused many to end their own lives. Now, with the teasing and name calling in excess, some teens have resorted to plastic surgery to combat the hurtful words.
Erica Morgo underwent a rhinoplasty at age 15 due to constantly being made fun of by her peers for having what she called ” a big nose”. She told ABCnews.com that “In sixth grade, I was on the bus, and a lot of boys made fun of me for having a big nose,” Erica said. “They would call me Pinocchio. And in school, in class, people would point it out. I felt helpless. I felt like a loser.” Eventually, Erica missed almost a month of classes and tried to break her own nose by hitting her face against a door. It was after this incident that her mother allowed her to undergo a nose job which has since brought back her self-esteem.
Dr. Simoni who specializes in rhinoplasty believes that getting surgery to appease other people is definitely not a healthy thing to do. The issues with bullying and teasing need to be addressed and worked out first before deciding on plastic surgery. Surgery is the last resort and the patient needs to be mature and be doing it for their own confidence and happiness. In the situation with Erica, it seems like it did work out for the best for her but this is not likely the case for all.
Plastic surgery among teens is on the rise thanks in part to the already difficult time of being that age and not having self-esteem and/or being made fun of. The majority of procedures are rhinoplasty, ear pinning, and breast reductions and augmentations.