Cosmetic surgery has grown to be a booming popularity in the United States. Procedures such as breast augmentation, rhinoplasty, and tummy tucks have developed a reputation of everything from boosting people’s self confidence to helping mother’s regain their pre-baby figure to giving breast cancer survivors a new silhouette.
A subject that is still a bit touchy when it comes to cosmetic surgery is the age at which people begin to have it. How acceptable it is for teens? A few cosmetic procedures such as ear pinning surgery have been common for children and teens in the past, but now parents and their teenagers are beginning to seek other procedures that are new to this age group. Stories of bullied teens undergoing cosmetic surgery have popped up in the news during the past couple of years and the results have reportedly helped significantly improve these teens’ lives and self esteem. That is now the mission of a New York City nonprofit, the Little Baby Face Foundation (LBFF). The organization works to provide free cosmetic surgery to children of low-income families who have become subject to bullying due to their appearance. As we continue to read tragic stories of children and teens being cruelly taunted, it is quite obvious that bullying is a real problem throughout the country. One of the teenage girls who received cosmetic surgery from LBFF had even been homeschooled for three years due to the severity of teasing she had endured. Many of the teenagers treated by LBFF suffer from real conditions such as cleft lip, facial palsy and other facial deformities. The goal of the foundation is to “empower the children” and through these treatments and to stop the bullying.
We would love to hear your thoughts about the Little Baby Face Foundation and teen cosmetic surgery in general. The issue is one that comes up constantly with strong opinions on both sides. Tell us your thoughts with a comment below. Do you think that we would benefit from a similar foundation here in Tulsa? If you would like to learn more about cosmetic surgery in Oklahoma, click the button below to speak with a Tulsa board-certified cosmetic surgeon.