The recent suicide of 15-year-old Amanda Todd sparked an Internet uproar. A week before she took her own life, the teenager posted a YouTube video depicting the years of bullying and torment she suffered at the hands of her peers.
Teen bullying has gained major attention in the last few years, mainly due to so many young people taking their lives as a result of it. While parents wish to protect their sons and daughters from harm, how far should they go to keep their child safe?
Samantha’s Story of Bullying
That is the question the parents of Samantha Shaw of South Dakota asked themselves when they made the decision to have the seven-year-old’s ear pinning surgery to curtail severe bullying. Samantha and her mother took a plane to New York for the surgery (ABCnews.com).
Plastic surgery among children and teenagers has risen nearly 30 percent during the last decade, according to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery.
While many parents think that braces are acceptable for children to get, when they hear the phrase “plastic surgery,” they get upset, no matter how acceptable cosmetic surgery is in our society.
How Plastic Surgery Can Help
The surgeons and staff at our rhinoplasty New York offices in Long Island and NYC are committed to providing you and your child with the best care possible. Children who are born with enlarged ears, cleft palates or any other type of deformity can be the unfortunate victims of endless torture, bullying, and ridicule.
If you want to learn more about cosmetic surgery for your child, call our facial plastic surgeons at either our nose job NYC (212.206.0023) or Long Island (631.499.1831) facilities to set up an initial consultation. They will be able to address all of your concerns and answer your questions.
Parents who read this blog post also read this related post about teens and self-image.