Is plastic surgery the answer to bullying?

As a desperate measure, some parents are putting their kids under the knife to keep the bullies away

From nose jobs to pinning back ears, more and more teens and children are getting parent-approved cosmetic surgery to help stop the in-school teasing.
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Is dealing with bullies just a matter of nips and tucks? ABC News reports on a growing trend: Parents getting plastic surgery for their young children and teens to stop them from being bullied. According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, the number of children and teens getting cosmetic surgery has increased nearly 30 percent over the past decade, and experts believe that bullying is behind the big uptick. Is getting a child plastic surgery a good parental move in the fight against bullies?

It is understandable why parents would do this: "Surgery may seem a drastic solution," says Pattie Byrd at Gather, but parents feel they have to do something. Bullying can be devastating to children, leading to everything from depression to poor academic performance to acting out at others. Still, I think kids need to learn to respect themselves and others without surgical enhancement.

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How sad that it has come to this: "It's devastating to me that some kids, especially young ones," feel they have to change the way they look through surgery to get bullies to leave them alone, says Meredith Carroll at Babble. Still, I'm not "entirely opposed" to kids doing this if it makes them feel better. They're desperate for help, but schools, and society as a whole, have been shown to be ineffective at tackling bullying.

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Surgery is not the solution to bullying: While pinning a kid's ears will fix ears that stick out, it won't end bullying, says Sadie Stein at Jezebel. Bullies will always find something to pick on; "if it's not one thing, it will be another." We need to focus on changing bullies, not their victims.

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