A generation ago, reconstructive procedures were reserved for the aging and the rich and famous.
Now, teenagers are routinely undergoing plastic surgery â€“ roughly 90,000 procedures a year, according to ABC News. Fourteen-year-old Nadia Ilse made headlines recently for having surgery on her ears because her classmates bullied and teased her, calling her â€œDumbo.â€ The $40,000 specialty operation was paid for by the charity Little Baby Face Foundation.
â€œNot every one of the 90,000 surgeries is the result of teasing or bullying, but itâ€™s clear more teens are undergoing invasive, sometimes dangerous, procedures simply to feel they fit in,â€ says international social advocate Traci S. Campbell, author of The C.H.A.M.P. Within (www.traciscampbell.com). â€œEnough is enough! A far healthier alternative is to develop the character and confidence necessary to navigate adolescence with a respect for yourself â€“ and others.â€
Campbell, whose nonprofit C.H.A.M.P. Community Project supports at-risk teens and single-parent families, discusses tough â€œpersonal loveâ€ steps teens can take to foster the healthy self-image that will benefit them throughout their lives.
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