Bullied teens turn to plastic surgery for solution; doctors say numbers up 30 percent over decade

Plastic surgery for bullied teens is on the rise, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

While some might think that’s a drastic measure, it could be a lifesaver.

Nadia Ilse, who had surgery to pin back her ears as a 14-year-old, told ABC News she had considered suicide because of the bullying.

She didn’t want to bother her mother, Lynda, who had recently lost her job and was struggling to care for her 9-year-old brother with cerebral palsy. After Nadia told her mom about the bullying, Lynda reached out to the Little Baby Face Foundation which intervened to pay for the procedure.

Nadia’s story isn’t unique.

Numbers from the ASPS show teens had 76,000 cosmetic procedures in 2011, which was a 30 percent jump from the decade before.

In New York, Nicolette Taylor had a nose job at age 13 because of mean-spirited teasing that spread on Facebook with classmates calling her “big nose.” It reduced the normally “tough” girl to tears, ABC News reported.

Recently, 6-year-old Kendall Elliot had a large brown mole removed from her chin in Richmond, VA, according to ABC-affiliate WRIC. She wasn’t bullied but the attention from “curious kids” and adults was hurtful.

“They didn't see her; they saw a big brown mole on her face,” Kendall’s mother Katherine told WRIC.

Click here for more information on the Little Baby Face Foundation.

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