When most of people believe that cosmetic surgery is only for adults, this Utah family breaks all the standards by allowing their 6-year-old son to go under the knife to change his appearance.
What could serve as a reason for such a decision? The answer is quite simple: school bullying.
Starting from the age of 5, Gage Berger was subject to relentless bullying “from kids who called him elf ears,” that transformed once a happy and playful child into introverted and dreaded going to school.
When his parents noticed bullying started affecting his self-esteem, they decided to look into cosmetic ear pinning surgery.
“This isn’t any different than taking your child to get braces to ‘fix’ the appearance of crooked teeth,” told Timothy, boy’s father.
“We explained to him the surgery, which is only a short two-hour procedure. He was so excited for it. Obviously, if he wasn’t on board with it, we wouldn’t have touched him. Ultimately, we told him it was up to him.”
Dr. Steven Mobley, whose help the Bergers enlisted, has also undergone had ear-pinning surgery at the age of 19.
Though the pastic surgeon isn’t endorsing cosmetic surgery for children but in this case he understands that it’s a personal and private decision a family needs to make together: “I get a lot of patients with big ears, and some of them decide they like their ears and they have the strength and resilience to stand up to bullies,” he explained.
“But I also have other patients who are just crushed, and they shouldn’t be shamed for wanting a procedure that helps them gain back their confidence.”
Gage was a little nervous before the sugery, but this feeling changed to excitement when he saw the result exclaiming “Oh my gosh!” while the happy smile appeared on his face.
Gage’s parents told that their son went “back to his old self again” after surgery and “couldn’t be any happier.”