Now more than ever, we’re tuned into the dangers of bullying. Bullied teens take the self-esteem damage from relentless taunting and teasing with them well into adulthood. Today, parents are trying to stop the self-confidence problems before they start by giving their teen the gift of plastic surgery.
Manhattan plastic surgeon Dr. [Redacted] sees these teens walk through his door all the time. About 90,000 teens get cosmetic surgery each year. And while the reasons are vast, bullying is a major one.
Is he talking about kids with facial deformities? Disfiguring birthmarks? Cleft palates? Not quite.
Dr. [Redacted] only performs rhinoplasty and ear surgery (to pin back ears that stick out, for example).
In other words, if your 14 year-old is being bullied for not having a perfect little cheerleader nose and adorable little ears? Send her under the knife for elective surgery. Instant popularity!
(Hm, I wonder if the doctor guarantees a permanent end to peer-to-peer harassment in his contract.)
I can’t even begin to describe everything I think is wrong with this. Most of all, I think it sends the message to bullied kids that you know, the bullies do have a point there. You’re kinda gross. Better fix that fast.
And while you’re at it, better stop playing trombone, wearing black, getting A’s, reading Tolstoy, joining the chess club, or whatever it is that bullies bully about these days. Something tells me they don’t draw the line at big noses.