Six years old is very, very young to get plastic surgery for cosmetic reasons, but the parents of Gage Berger had him undergo surgery to pin back his ears because he was getting bullied over them.
The boy told Inside Edition that kids at school picked on him because of his ears that stuck out, saying that he looked like an elf. He said, “I just don’t want to be made fun of.” Gage’s parents also saw that other kids would often stare and giggle when they saw his ears, with his mother, Kallie Berger, telling the show, “He just gets really down on himself and he thinks, ‘I’m not good enough.'” Yahoo Parenting said that while plastic surgery generally isn’t recommended for children under 18, getting ears pinned back is more common among kids. However, plastic surgeon Dr. Anthony Youn questioned whether it was the right thing to do beyond the medical issues, telling Yahoo that having a child undergo plastic surgery because he or she is being bullied sends the wrong message to both the child and the bullies. He said, “Ethically, by performing a surgery to stop bullying, it feels like we are reinforcing the fact that bullying is reasonable behavior.”
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