Updated: September 25, 2012 10:46AM
Dr. Wallace: My heart went out to the teenage girl who had a large nose, but whose parents would not allow her to undergo plastic surgery to correct the “problem.” When I was a teen, I had an identical experience. It started in fifth grade with occasional taunts. I would laugh with those who taunted me because I was afraid if I showed how much it hurt me it would somehow encourage them to continue.
The verbal abuse became worse in middle school. The remarks were frequent and cruel. I loved school otherwise. I graduated from high school with honors and because of my singing voice, was voted the most talented in the senior class. But I was always made aware of my nose size. As a 12th grader, the cruel remarks were long gone, but they were replaced with cute and clever phrases regarding the length of my nose.
When I was on my own at age 19, I had a nose job (rhinoplasty). Immediately after, my self-esteem soared. My only regret was that I didn’t have it done sooner.
Nameless, Beaufort, S.C.
Nameless: I firmly believe that plastic surgery is necessary when a teen suffers because Mother Nature was unkind and the “unkindness” can easily be corrected.
Thanks for sharing your story.
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