Mother gives 7-year-old plastic surgery for Christmas
January 25, 2012
A British woman who is known as the "Human Barbie" after undergoing hundreds of plastic surgeries to alter her appearance is passing her fondness for cosmetic procedures down to her young daughter.
Instead of bubblegum, stickers and toys, 51-year old Sarah Burge put an $11,000 liposuction voucher in her 7-year-old daughter's Christmas stocking.
"She asks for surgery all the time," Burge told The Daily Mail about 7-year-old Poppy. "She wants to look good and liposuction is one of those procedures that will always come in handy."
The voucher is not the first one Poppy has received as a gift. For the girl's birthday, her mother also gave her a voucher good for breast implant surgery when she turns 16.
"Poppy begged me for a boob job, so I gave her the voucher so she can have it after she's 16, when it's legal," Burge told the British tabloid The Closer, according to the Daily Mail."If she develops naturally big boobs, she can have something else done with it."
"I wanted a new computer, a holiday and a voucher for surgery," the newspaper reports Poppy said. "When I got it all, it was a dream come true. All my friends were jealous. I can't wait to be like Mummy with big boobs. They're pretty."
Burge insists that there's nothing wrong with giving her daughter vouchers to enhance her appearance when the time is right.
"Some people think it's controversial and I get angry when strangers say I'm a bad mother because I don't think there's any harm in giving her this gift," Burge said, according to the Daily Mail. "I'm just supporting her and making her dreams come true. Looks are a big part of how our futures pan out - there shouldn't be a stigma around wanting to look good."
Burge's older daughters, 27-year-old Charlotte and 17-year-old Hannah, have already had Botox and are planning more surgeries in the future as well.
While the majority of cosmetic procedures are performed on adults, plastic surgeries are not uncommon among those under the age of 18. In the US, federal regulations prohibit breast implants in minors unless the surgery corrects asymmetry or is a post trauma reconstruction.
"The new American cosmetic surgery patient is a kid," journalist Linda Ellerbee said in a recent press release promoting a Nickelodeon special on kids who undergo plastic surgeries to improve their appearance. "It's become an increasingly popular Christmas, graduation or Sweet Sixteen gift."
According to the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), more than 125,000 individuals under the age of 18 underwent cosmetic procedures in 2010. The most common surgical procedures for this age group included cosmetic ear surgery, rhinoplasty and breast surgery. An in-depth consultation and assessment for maturity, expectations and risks are involved when plastic surgeons meet with teens and their parents.
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 non-surgical 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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