Plastic surgery for those bullied?

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GloriaInTX's picture
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Plastic surgery for those bullied?

This girl wanted her ears pinned back because she was being teased. This foundation not only pinned her ears but did a complete makeover on her face for $40,000. Do you think that was appropriate for a foundation that is created to help children with facial deformities to spend $40,000 to do a complete makeover on this 14 year old girl?

Nadia Ilse is looking forward to the new school year, when she will no longer be called "Dumbo" by her peers for her "elephant ears."

To ward off school bullies who began taunting her in the first grade for her ears, Nadia begged her mother at the age of 10 for an otoplasty -- an operation to pin her ears back.

The teen, now 14, was recently granted her wish by the Little Baby Face Foundation, a charity that provides free corrective surgery to children born with facial deformities.

Nadia told CNN that the bullying turned her talkative self into a withdrawn, antisocial girl. The taunting "hurt so much," she told CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta.

When the Little Baby Face Foundation was contacted by Nadia's mother, the organization brought the duo to New York City from Georgia and did more than just pin her ears back. The organization's founder, Dr. Thomas Romo, III. also performed reduction rhinoplasty, reducing the size of the nose, and mentoplasty, altering the chin.

The foundation covered the estimated $40,000 cost of surgery.

Before & After

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/07/28/nadia-isle-bullied-georgi_n_1712548.html?ncid=edlinkusaolp00000009

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Hmm. IDK. I know a little girl that ears used to stick straight out (worse than this girls). Her insurance payed for the problem to be fixed. DH works with a boy that has no ears at all. I can understand plastic surgery in these situations, however, I do not think it is necessary to re-do someones whole face unless it is needed. She looked very normal before. We are all created beautiful.

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I have no problem with them helping her by pinning her ears back. But I think that doing a complete makeover is way over the top, especially at 14 years old. I wonder how many children with REAL facial deformities could have been helped with that $40,000?

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I think that by paying for her to get her face "fixed" this organization was telling her that something was actually wrong. I do not agree with this.

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I am totally okay with the ears pinning but I don't think she needed the rest. Her nose and chin weren't even that bad to begin with and things we can grow into. If it was my child I wouldn't have agreed to anything but the ears.

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$40K would pay for a fair number of cleft palate/lip surgeries in China.

I'm okay with the ear pinning. Personally, I don't find her 'deformed' or even all that unattractive. You've got an adolescent girl, probably in the most awkward, geekiest stage of her whole life (at least, it was for me!)....yeah, not exactly at the pinnacle of one's beauty and confidence. Few people have perfect features. Plus, the effect of the makeup on the right is to probably diminish her 'unattractive' former features even more.

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"Jessica80" wrote:

I am totally okay with the ears pinning but I don't think she needed the rest. Her nose and chin weren't even that bad to begin with and things we can grow into. If it was my child I wouldn't have agreed to anything but the ears.

Yes. I don't even understand what was supposed to be wrong with her nose and chin in the first place, or why they would say "While we're at it, why not take care of the rest of your face....." Also why the heck did her parents let her? The thought of someone changing my child's perfect little face makes me want to cry. I can understand when your child grows up and you don't have a say in it, but allowing it at 14 makes no sense!

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Honestly, I do think it was a little much to do a complete makeover. She was a pretty girl and I didn't even see anything else at all needing to be done. I think that sends the wrong idea to other children. I can see how her ears being done would help her but I wouldn't go for the whole face. I can't really see that much difference anyway. If you put some make up on and fix her hair in the first picture to me she'd be just the same, except the ears. I am glad she was able to get her ears done. I do think teasing on things like this really affect a person.

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IMHO that surgery is not going to help much unless she also changes her name and/or switches schools. I'd rather they spent some money on counseling to help with her self-esteem, and also put an anti-bullying program into place at that school. Sounds like a big advertisement for this "charity" aka plastic surgeon.

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"Spacers" wrote:

Sounds like a big advertisement for this "charity" aka plastic surgeon.

That kind of bugged me too. So this plastic surgeon is the founder of this Baby Face Foundation and pretty much pays himself $40k in donations to fix this girls face that looked fine. Doesn't sound like a charity I would want to donate to.