to change looks that lead to teasing
People undergo plastic surgery for any number of reasons, but an increasingly popular reason for teenagers to go under the knife to alter their appearance is to bring an end to classroom bullying due to some facet of their appearance, 1200 WOAI news reports.
"We have seen the trend grow," Austin cosmetic surgeon Dr. Jennifer Walden says. "About a 30% increase in children and teens getting plastic surgery in the past decade."
Much high school bullying is about a person's appearance, with boys having an allegedly 'effeminate appearance,' frequently being targets of bullying.
One mom says her son was mercilessly bullied in the locker room at his high school, because he suffered from a condition which gave him with larger than usual breasts.
"He then began walking hunched over, he didn't want anything to show through his shirt," she recalls. "It was really affecting him, and finally we decided to have it taken care of."
She says the bullying stopped after the youngster underwent the procedure.
Dr. Walden says changing one's looks can frequently bring teen bullying to an end.
"A growing trend is that children and teenagers are getting procedures done to alter their appearance where they may be able to alleviate some of the stress of bullying, teasing, being embarrassed," she said.
But she says school officials should not consider cosmetic surgery to be the answer to the very serious and sometimes very devastating problem of teen bullying.
"We can't just uniformly say that a plastic surgery procedure is going to cure bullying," she said. "It has to do with the school administration, it has to do with parents, and it has to do with the perpetrator, the teachers, everybody involved."
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