Bullying has become a high-profile issue in the last few years, with a large amount of kids and adolescents dealing with intimidation in school. Some are hoping to eliminate the issue through cosmetic means, turning to surgery to alter physical attributes.
Examiner posted a story about the use of operations to stop harassment. Several teenagers using cosmetic surgery to eliminate teasing about their appearances are cited, including 14-year old Nadia Ilse. The debate about cosmetic surgery and kids is addressed, as doctors recommend patients to hold off on procedures until their faces mature.
The article also presents tips to determine emotional readiness for cosmetic operations, including asking questions about their reasons for the procedures, being able to discuss the procedure with others, and whether they would consider non-invasive measures to help with their appearance. The questions are to help the patient understand that surgery is not an end-all, be-all solution to deal with bullying and the stress it brings. Some parents combine cosmetic surgery with therapy to help their child strengthen their self-image.
Critics of cosmetic operations to combat bullying feel that it reinforces the statement of people conforming to a stereotypical version of beauty. While there are no clear results as to whether the surgery helps bullying victims with their confidence, plastic surgery patients have noted that the operations improve their self-confidence in school, the workplace, and in their relationships.