Plastic surgery for children….. even before hearing the arguments most of us would immediately answer; “It’s ridiculous!” “It’s wrong!” But there are many parents who feel it will help their children live a happier life. But is this a trend that is pushed by plastic surgeons who are setting aside their morals in order to grow their business? Or parents who fear their children will suffer the same pain that they did growing up? Many feel that some parents may be pushing their own pressures from society onto their children. Is childhood bullying a good enough reason to have a young child forgo the risks of surgery, and go under the knife just to look better? According to Fox News Latino The number of children and teens getting plastic surgery has gone up 30 percent over the last decade. http://latino.foxnews.com/latino/health/2011/05/18/childhood-plastic-surgery-combat-bullying/
But what if the child has been in an accident or was born with a defect? Is reconstructive surgery the same as cosmetic surgery? Reconstructive plastic surgery is a far more understandable position as it is sometimes deemed medically necessary and not just a personal request from the child to look better. According to USA Today, what constitutes “medically necessary” when it comes to cosmetic surgery and children is a gray area, says pediatric plastic surgeon David Staffenberg, chief of plastic and reconstructive surgery at Montefiore Medical Center and Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York. Though some say certain procedures, such as breast surgery, aren’t needed to function better, others argue that if a child’s psychological well-being is enhanced, then the procedure truly is medical in nature. Should it refer to a life-threatening condition, or something that interferes with daily activities or a healthy self-image?
Whatever your take on the subject, plastic surgery needs to be a very carefully considered decision by everyone, but even more so when we are talking about children. Parents need to find the real motivation behind the reason why the child may be asking for it. Is it truly a physical decision, or is there a deeper psychological issue involved? Parents should honestly ask themselves, is the surgery going to help how their child feels, or how they feel?
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