Teen turns to plastic surgery to cope with bullying
January 21, 2011
For years, classmates taunted teenager Erica Morgo because she had a larger-than-average nose. Morgo recently underwent cosmetic plastic surgery to help combat the bullying she encountered in school, according to ABC.
"In sixth grade I was on the bus, and a lot of boys made fun of me for having a big nose," Erica told the news source. "They would call me Pinocchio. And in school, in class, people would point it out. I felt helpless. I felt like a loser."
The teasing grew so severe that at one point Erica tried to break her own nose. That was what prompted her mother, Dana, to look into plastic surgery. Now she says her daughter's confidence has been restored.
According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), common cosmetic procedures for people age 18 and younger include rhinoplasty, breast reduction and chin augmentation. Non-surgical procedures such as laser hair removal and chemical peels have also been popular among teens in recent years.
ASAPS recommends that teenagers and their parents research surgeons and their credentials before deciding to undergo surgery. Additionally, teens and guardians should understand the risks and recovery times of the procedure they are considering.
The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), is recognized as the world's leading organization devoted entirely to aesthetic plastic surgery and cosmetic medicine of the face and body. ASAPS is comprised of over 2,600 Plastic Surgeons; Active Members are certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (USA) or by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and have extensive training in the complete spectrum of surgical and nonsurgical aesthetic procedures. International Active Members are certified by equivalent boards of their respective countries. All members worldwide adhere to a strict Code of Ethics and must meet stringent membership requirements.
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