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7 Year Old Gets Plastic Surgery

Discussion in 'Off The Beaten Track' started by DickButtonFan, Apr 14, 2011.

  1. taf2002

    taf2002 zexy demon

    When you remember that plastic surgery doesn't always mean cosmetic surgery, I think it's fine. The dr is right that ears that stick out & esp the one that "cups" is not cosmetic, it is fixing something that is abnormal. Less severe than a cleft palate but no less abnormal.
  2. Anita18

    Anita18 Well-Known Member

    Awww, her ears are so cute!

    I don't think that really counts as the kind of cosmetic surgery we should get :lynch: about though - pinning ears back is relatively minor and nowhere near the :yikes: that some people put themselves through.

    But I think she should keep her :kickass: ears! Stephen Colbert's wonky ear didn't stop him!
  3. IceAlisa

    IceAlisa discriminating and persnickety ballet aficionado

    Exactly. Lets not get our panties in a twist yet. Her right ear was abnormal.
  4. skatesindreams

    skatesindreams Well-Known Member

    The child likely would have been "called names? if something wasn't done about her ears.
    Good for the parents; and the doctor, for making the decision, in this case.
  5. fluorescein

    fluorescein New Member

    When I was in elementary school 40 years ago, getting ears pinned back was pretty common. I imagine other ear "defects" were commonly repaired as well. I think the rationale was that repairs done early were more likely to be successful as the child grew.

    DS has a malformed ear lobe that DH and I would have had repaired at any time if he asked. DS doesn't care, but maybe a girl would have. I don't think of that like a breast enhancement...
  6. Aceon6

    Aceon6 Hit ball, find ball, hit it again.

    Agree that this was pretty common surgery back then. The boy up the street from us had it done when he was 5.
  7. Lurking Skater

    Lurking Skater Ms Lurker if you're nasty

    A girl I used to teach had her ears pinned back. Her dad said she got teased a lot a school and I think she was 8 or 9 at the time.
  8. Lacey

    Lacey Well-Known Member

    I was just thinking that one of the American Idol contestants, I think it's James, should have had this done when he was younger.
  9. Ozzisk8tr

    Ozzisk8tr Well-Known Member

  10. BigB08822

    BigB08822 Well-Known Member

    This is sensationalism at its best. Many MANY children with this problem have their ears pinned back. It is an abnormality and why not fix it? This isn't about not liking your nose or wanting a boob job before you finish puberty. My bf had the exact same surgery when he was a child and it is much better to do it when you are young, the recovery is much faster and the teasing will be done with.

    My boyfriend just made a good point and said this is no different than a baby having a cleft palate (sp?) fixed. They could live with it but why should they, it is an ABNORMALITY than can be fixed.
  11. millyskate

    millyskate Well-Known Member

    This procedure was routine long before plastic surgery became fashionable, or even was around. I'm not sure why there's suddenly an article...
  12. Gil-Galad

    Gil-Galad Well-Known Member

    It's definitely a common procedure (once upon a time the insurances in Germany paid for it, not anymore though). But it is certainly not comparable to a cleft palate, which can lead to problems with breathing, eating, drinking and speech.

    And while I wouldn't get worked up about such procedures I find this attitude
    to be rather curious.
  13. genevieve

    genevieve drinky typo pbp, closet hugger Staff Member

    ^ I feel the same. I have no issue with the procedure, especially as it sounds like having it doen early in life leads to quickest recovery, but I see nothing in that picture that screams ABNORMALITY. To suggest this is on a par with cleft palates is a lot more ridiculous than equating it with vanity cosmetic surgery.
  14. taf2002

    taf2002 zexy demon

    I don't think anyone is saying it's on a par with cleft palates, only that both are abnormalities. The child's cup ear is definitely not normal.
  15. genevieve

    genevieve drinky typo pbp, closet hugger Staff Member

    it's not exactly a poster saying it, but this is what the posts are referring to.
  16. sailornyanko

    sailornyanko New Member

    These surgeries happen all of the time, what's the big deal? I agree, it's far better to have had the procedure done when the kid is younger than after when there would be a larger scar and more recovery time.

    I think people get a sort of wrong idea about plastic surgeons, you're watching way too much Nip/tuck. They can repair broken noses, deviated septums (though an ORL would do it a lot better), skin grafts for burn victims, procedures to improve queloid scars, that Afghani woman whose nose was brutally chopped off by her husband, help people with major facial birth defects, etc.. You'd be amazed at how disfigured many cancer survivors end up. Robert Ebert is just an example of this.

    Not all plastic surgeons do boob jobs all day, some of them do pro bono plastic surgery to correct disfigured problems from birth defects, cancer or random accidents. They are the ones that try to help victims who were disfigured by acid.

    Some women get plastic surgical procedures to reduce the size of their breasts or equalize their size because of a defect that's visually unappealing. Most procedures are rather minor, not everyone ends up looking like Joan Rivers.
  17. numbers123

    numbers123 Well-Known Member

    this type of procedure has been done for at least 35 years, since I was a fledging nurse. To call this plastic surgery I suppose it technically correct, but I don't happen to think so. And certainly is not so radical that it was never done before in this age group.
  18. Badams

    Badams Well-Known Member

    I wonder if they call it plastic/cosmetic surgery so that insurance won't have to cover it?
  19. numbers123

    numbers123 Well-Known Member

  20. skateboy

    skateboy Well-Known Member

    Aww, she's such a cutie. I hope the surgery helps toward raising her self-esteem.
  21. Jot the Dot Dot

    Jot the Dot Dot Headstrong Buzzard

    This is such a non-story that should have been titled "7 year old gets corrective surgery". Let's wish the little girl a peaceful life.
    IceAlisa and (deleted member) like this.
  22. Norlite

    Norlite Well-Known Member


    So much so that I'm wondering why the original poster thought it was sad.
  23. Really

    Really I need a new title

  24. IceAlisa

    IceAlisa discriminating and persnickety ballet aficionado

    But IRCC, you are not a medical professional.