Non-profit group offering plastic surgery to bullied kids
Medical experts weigh in
- Duration 4:55
- Date Aug 3, 2012
Medical experts weigh in
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Certainly caught our attention here and happening now and nonprofit organization.
As offering free plastic surgery for kids who are the victims of bowling.
One -- to the group up on the offer saying she was hunted since the first grade because -- -- and now she feels better about herself.
And -- -- to face her bullies but is going under the knife really the answer for these kids Doctor -- that was a psychiatrist in the red -- -- an eighteen doctor -- you go that has a plastic surgeon welcome to you though thank you.
Doctor -- is this is solution or is this a cop out.
Well I don't think it's a cup but Jenny might be surprised to hear that from a psychiatrist.
I think self esteem does have to come from the inside out but listen why work against.
Things that are causing -- to be taunted and teased kids can be cruel and this to me is no different than listen if you had teeth.
There -- in several different directions most parents many of them if they have the money they get their kids' braces even if there isn't a problem with their bite.
They do it for cosmetic reasons no different with years.
I don't see the big issue here it.
Fine that's interesting I was one of those kids with the teeth ever going out all different directions eight years of races here and listen -- now if you racquet tighter now from polygamy now as a right back to go -- -- -- -- -- The idea -- -- is it safe that was it sent the -- safe for a child would save twelve years old.
To do something like six and knows or fix barriers is that something that is good for their -- Well the answer actually depends on the area where the problem is so for the -- -- you could have this -- child could safely have the surgery after the age of six.
When the -- has reached 95% of its adult size noses however.
Continue to reach adult size through puberty so doing the surgery on the nose at age twelve might be premature and -- the child's gone through puberty early.
It's interesting to some perspective for -- back to you go to because -- nonprofit that we mentioned little baby face they're very explicit.
On their website that they're dealing with deformities.
So for example some of the photographs say show -- -- -- -- was born without an -- Sending its very severe that they have to fix not something like.
This in my nose is little big for my face right -- -- as a doctor where do you think you should draw the line if you think you're okay with this plastic surgery where's the line drawn.
Well I think the question really -- -- what isn't whether the child can have this surgery safely it's whether it a child is entitled to this kind of surgery and whether an organization should pay for this surgery.
And cosmetic procedures really tend to be procedures that are available to patients who can afford to pay for them.
But in this case it's an organization can raise enough money to offer that to patients who can't afford to it -- BX far -- it for us to judge whether or not.
That's something that a doctor should offer in fact.
With the economy and the health care system reimbursements the way they are I think it's commendable that doctors would offer their services for free -- -- but what about the message.
To the bullies win here because seven bullied so badly that they feel they have to go under the knife to fix themselves.
For those same -- Will a couple of things here number one I have no tolerance for -- so you gotta push back against these bullies regardless that's the schools and they've dropped the ball.
Again and again again in controlling bullies.
But look kids are vulnerable here's what I'm here to say as a psychiatrist that hole of being bullied because of your facial appearance if it is.
-- sadly disfigured in somewhere in a way that catches the attention of of these bullies.
-- that whole can be so severe.
That you -- intervene if you can because we can't change the whole world and or say this isn't gonna be sustaining this psychological injury is what I put them in the line of fire what.
So that they become strong decent people that understand that they now.
-- -- cars at their doubt what that would be the argument I put this out over Twitter a lot of our viewers feel that way.
I don't have with everyone felt that everyone felt that way there won't -- any contact lenses there would be no make up there -- being nice clothes no they got for people to say that.
A -- it would be easy for people this it's easy for -- it was say that it wasn't their -- -- -- accurate -- they're -- all of a sudden a quick thought from you as Rafa.
I agree if this surgery is safe and the child is ready for it mentally and physically than the scars from the surgery -- in just a few weeks but the emotional scars from.
Repetitive bullying can last a lifetime in effect self confidence.
Rangers in conversation you scared me with that no make a -- dark traveler what what I do but that's.
There usually I hit a front that's that's true now -- -- -- you got a nice heavy vote today you know.
-- take care for the record I have never tease you because of your orthodox -- I never knew you had.
Grease -- taxi -- years really yes I needed them for a lot of different reasons cosmetic and otherwise I would be able to speak what would happen now and where would I beat doctor outlets like.