Teenage Bullying – Is Plastic Surgery the Solution?


Some interesting plastic surgery news has come out of the United Kingdom recently, as Douglas McGeorge, President of the British Association of Aesthetic and Plastic Surgery, revealed that he has performed cosmetic surgery, including implants on teens under the age of 16 in order to help them stave off bullying problems.

McGeorge admitted that he had given a nose job to a 14-year old girl, after her parents approached him saying their daughter had been mercilessly bullied at three different schools because of her unique schnoz. The surgeon told the London Evening Standard that the girl “was starting a new school . . . and wanted to fit in. I bumped into her later on and she was very confident.” Still, Mc George tried to stress that plastic surgery “is clearly not a solution routinely offered for bullying.”

A study conducted in the UK found that at least 40 percent of girls under the age of 16 have been bullied because of their appearance, and similarly roughly 30 percent of that same demographic would welcome plastic surgery in order to change their appearance.

“You think about children whose ears stick out. Children are very cruel and there’s a lot of stigma attached to appearance,” McGeorge said. The BAAPS President also acknowledged that he has done “breast implants on girls of 12. It is necessary when one breast is developing and the other is not.” He added, “This reconstructive procedure allows them to have a normal adolescence. They can undress in the changing room.”

While critics accuse McGeorge and any surgeon performing cosmetic procedures on young girls of catering to bullies, not helping self-image, and worse, of letting young immature girls modify their bodies to simply mimic their Hollywood idols.

“It is not done for vanity; none of those things are done for vanity. I don’t think there would be a surgeon in the land who would do these kinds of procedures for vanity,” he said.

Breast augmentation surgery is a major surgery that is typically not performed on females until they are at least 18 years old. Most surgeons feel that gives girls’ bodies a chance to develop to their own full potential. The breast enlargement surgery involves an incision made under the breasts or around the nipple or through the armpit. The breast implants are inserted into the breast cavity either above or below the pectoral muscles. The breast implants can be inserted in their final size or they can go in as deflated shells and then be pumped up with saline fluid to reach the desired size.

The recovery period involves minimal arm movement for a few days, plenty of rest, and painkillers. There can be a lot of swelling, bruising, and discomfort for a few weeks or so after the breast augmentation surgery.

Many adult women do express increased self-confidence after having the breast enlargement surgery performed, but many surgeons would like to believe that at least women over the age of 18 do not have the maturity to understand the impact of their decision. Whether these young pre-teens and teens have that mental capacity is still a question up for debate. One thing is certain, however, the number of plastic surgeries performed on teens is increasing each year. The lasting consequences of these rising number of teen procedures are yet to be seen.

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