This is definitely a slippery slope to bring up around parents, but one that is becoming more and more popular with children as society continues to paint celebrities as idols, and kids want to look as perfect as possible. All can agree that it’s not a healthy habit to have a child that wants to become obsessed with their appearance, but if your son or daughter was born with a physical feature that truly upset them each time they looked in the mirror, wouldn’t you naturally be inclined to help them?
What if they go to school and suffer day to day verbal bashing from their peers over their looks? At some level from a parental standpoint, you want to teach your children to stand tall, to rise above it, to stick up for themselves, and realize that everyone has been through teasing when they were young. However, if your child is coming home and showing signs of emotional stress such as depression, lack of interest in friends, their eating habits have changed, or they come home crying or asking to not go to school; then perhaps it is time to consider looking into the plastic surgery option to afford your child some peace during such impressionable years.
In a recent story featured on NBC4, an 11 year old girl named Bella turned to surgery after living with protruding ears and being teased at school. The medical experts are saying that while it may seem awfully young to undergo such a drastic choice, as long as the child is in good health there really is no reason to not do it while they are still young.
Bella’s Mother revealed that she made the decision to go ahead with the otoplasty procedure after seeing her daughter struggle with her ears, which her Mother also lived with as a child. Knowing firsthand how torturous children can be, Mrs. Harrington did not want her daughter to have to deal with it anymore. Upon unveiling her new look taking the fresh bandages off, Bella was moved to tears and said “I like it”.
The decision to go under the knife when a child is the patient has to be agreed upon between both parents, and surgeons collectively. As with any surgery, there are always risks, but if you feel that personally this is the best path to take, then do it. Studies have shown for many years how traumatic bullying effects can be for children being teased for years at school. Some kids tragically take their own lives due to the immense pressure they feel, and if by any chance parents can find out the source of the problem early on, the better chance they have of getting their child the support they desperately need to live a healthier life with self confidence. Do your research on the procedure that you may be considering, and know the risks as well as the aftercare plan that your little one would have to endure before signing any medical paperwork. Once you’re comfortable with all of the information for the corrective procedure from start to finish, then work with the school to schedule it during a time when your child will be less likely to fall behind on their studies.