Wednesday, March 13, 2019
When Your Child Needs a Plastic Surgeon
No one ever wants to think about their child being in an accident that results in the need for a plastic surgeon. Unfortunately, sometimes the unexpected happens. Whether from a car accident, sporting accident or perhaps getting burned, you may need to seek out a cosmetic surgeon. Another reason where you may be in need of a plastic surgeon is when a child is born with a birth defect that requires plastic surgery.
My husband had a close friend in his teen years who required plastic surgery due to a bicycle accident. They were out riding bikes together and the sidewalk ended in a large drop. My husband saw it, yelled, and veered to the side, but his friend went over the edge. His parents claim that my husband's quick actions saved his life. When my husband approached he was face down, not moving so he nudged him with his foot thinking he was joking around. When he did not respond my husband rolled him over and by doing this he was able to breath. Medics arrived and he was transported to the local hospital. He needed a couple of surgeries to repair the damage done to his face. He ended up being the best man at our wedding.
As stated above, some children need surgery after they are born with a birth defect to correct things like a cleft palate or cleft lip. It could be extra digits or a missing digit on the hand, or webbed fingers. One of my sons actually had a tiny extra fingertip that was removed right after birth. His only had connective tissue, not cartilage or bone, so they were able to tie it off and allow it to fall off by itself. He has a little scar on his pinkie finger that shows where it was attached. He sort of thinks it is fun to share that story. No matter whether it is major or minor, there are often situations that require medical attention shortly after a child is born.
Now, as a general rule, I am not for cosmetic surgery just because someone is unhappy with how they look, but, there are some cases where plastic surgery should be considered. This will be up to the individual and their parent. Some instances where teens desire to change their looks are nose jobs because of a deformity or breathing problems. Not all are for their looks. Perhaps their ears seem too large for their head and they have been picked on and called names. This is not a decision to make spur of the moment or without a lot of discussion and research. There are some studies that now show that plastic surgery does not always help in cases where teens are looking to improve their self esteem.
Whatever you decide be sure to do research on the actual plastic surgeon. You want to find someone who is ethical and who knows what he/she is doing. You are looking for someone who is going to give good advice, not just rush you into a decision for a surgical procedure. If possible speak to others who have already gone through the procedure and get their view.
Although this is a sensitive subject to some, parents need to make the choice that they feel is right for their child. Thank you for stopping in. Please feel free to leave a comment below.