We all know how horrible bullying is and the long lasting effects it can have on the child who is being bullied. I feel very fortunate that none of my kids have ever really experienced bullying and I’m not sure what I’d do if they were. I know my first instinct would be to go in to full ‘mama bear’ mode though and do everything in my power to make the bullying stop.
And that’s exactly what one family did when their 6 year old son found himself the victim of relentless teasing of school mates who said that his ears stuck out too much. Gage Berger is a 6 year old boy who says he deals with constant name calling due to his ears. He told Inside Edition that kids would say ‘”That I look like an elf and I have weird ears.”
To help Gage feel more confident and to hopefully save him from a lifetime of being taunted, his parents took Gabe to a plastic surgeon to have his ears pinned back.
Gabe and his parents visited a plastic surgeon in Salt Lake City to have the procedure done, a fairly common surgery that takes only about 2 hours to complete, and it’s clear once the bandages have been removed that Gage is loving his new look. This smile tells us that this surgery was the right decision for Gage.
Obviously there are people who will criticize the parents for allowing their son to get plastic surgery to avoid being taunted by peers, and I’m not sure what I would have done in the same situation, but I know that these parents probably know their own child the best and would only do what they thought was the best thing to do. I think it’s got to be hard to be a young kid and have something that’s a part of you be the thing that people pick on day in and day out. I’m not sure what I would do in this situation, but I can’t pass judgement on these parents because I’m sure they did what they thought was right.
Recently we wrote about plastic surgery for teens and ear pinning, along with nose jobs and male breast reduction was one of the most popular procedures among young people. When I spoke to Board Certified Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon Dr. Kevin Brenner about plastic surgery on teens he concurred that prominent ears was a big source of bullying among young people.
“Surgery for teenagers is something that is undertaken only after discussion with the patient, their parents and their pediatrician. Bullying (including cyber bullying) is a real issue affecting kids today. I’m happy to help when a child or teen has a feature that’s impacting his or her life physically or psychologically such as a congenital deformity or abnormality. Nasal deformities and excessively prominent ears are common sources of teasing among teenage peers.”
What do you think Hot Moms? Do you think 6 is too young for plastic surgery, or did these parents just save their son from a lifetime of taunting and bullying?