More Teens Are Getting Plastic Surgery So They Won't Be Bullied

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We've posted about a common cosmetic surgeries among teens, but a new report from ABC News says that more students are getting plastic surgery to prevent being bullied in school.

In high school senior Erica Morgo's case, she endured attacks because of her nose. "In sixth grade, I was in the bus and a lot of boys made fun of me for having a big nose," she said. "They would call me Pinocchio. And in school, in class, people would point it out. I felt helpless. I felt like a loser."


But things got worse. The bullying didn't stop, and Erica started missing school because of it. One day, she got so tired of the taunting that she tried to break her nose by banging her face against a door. After that, her mother let her have cosmetic surgery to reshape her nose. She was 15 years old at the time.

According to the American Society of Plastic Surgery, nearly 90,000 teenagers had cosmetic surgery in 2007, and a growing number of teens are citing bullying as their reason for wanting or getting the elective surgery. The most common procedures undergone by teens were nose jobs, breast reductions, breast augmentations, ear tucks and Botox.

What do you think? Are teens going too far by getting plastic surgery to avoid bullying? Or do you understand why they would be pushed to such an extreme? Let us know your thoughts in the comments. %Poll-58865%

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