ATLANTA (WAOK) – A new survey says a majority of parents would be willing to give their child appearance-altering surgery to prevent them from being bullied. The survey was conducted by RealSelf.com, the largest online community for sharing and learning about plastic surgery. Of the 650 people polled, 68 percent said they would consider the cosmetic changes for their child. The findings show that while most are against underage cosmetic surgery, the majority would be comfortable with it if it helped to alleviate harassment from peers. When asked about specific procedures, 24 percent said they felt both nose jobs and ear pinning were appropriate for a teen if it would prevent bullying.
According to the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons, teen cosmetic surgery is also on the rise. The group says the number of teens between the ages of 13 and 19 undergoing procedures is up five percent from 2010.