A Child’s Ear-Pinning Procedure Points to the Use of Plastic Surgery to Enable Social Adjustment, says Dr. J

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Commenting on a recent article, the Beverly Hills-based plastic surgeon notes that plastic surgery procedures on youngsters tend to be less about improving their looks and more about simply fitting in.

An otoplasty (ear pinning) performed by Dr. J.

While adult patients tend to obtain procedures such as facelifts or breast augmentation surgeries in a quest to attract as much positive attention for their appearance as possible, younger patients are typically simply trying to avoid negative attention.

An August 18 article on Opposing Views discusses the case of young Samantha Daniels, whose parents decided to obtain an otoplasty (ear pinning) procedure to head off increasing bullying the youngster was facing for her protruding ears. Beverly Hills based plastic surgeon Payam Jarrah-Nejad, M.D., F.I.C.S., F.A.C.S., known to his patients simply as Dr. J, comments that Samantha’s case is very typical of the youngsters he often treats at his offices. While adult patients tend to obtain procedures such as facelifts or breast augmentation surgeries in a quest to attract as much positive attention for their appearance as possible, younger patients are typically simply trying to avoid negative attention and fit in with their friends and classmates, says Dr. J.

Dr. J notes that otoplasty is one of the most popular procedures obtained by youngsters, who often must face cruel teasing for having ears that are unusually far from their heads. While parents may understandably have concerns about performing a surgery on a child, Dr. J adds that the procedure requires some skill and delicacy on the part of the surgeon, but that it is extremely safe when performed by a fully qualified surgeon. Dr. J adds that, when considering procedures on anyone, it is important to ensure that the doctor is a board certified plastic surgeon, which means that he or she has met the high standards of a leading organization of physicians.

Dr. J adds that breast reduction is another procedure that, in many cases, is not so much about improving the appearance but rather is more about avoiding unwanted attention. Young women with unusually large breasts may have to deal with a number of embarrassing and rude behavior from classmates and even some adults. Dr. J notes that “Modern Family” actress Ariel Winter obtained the procedure last year, when she was 17, partly because she felt the media was focusing excessively on her chest while ignoring her skills as a performer. Dr. J adds that another reason why women of all ages obtain breast reduction procedures is to deal with back pain and other physical issues which can sometimes be caused by the strain associated with very large breasts.

Dr. J is double board certified by both the American Board of Plastic Surgery and the American Board of Surgery. For more details about procedures for younger patients, and also adults, interested readers are encouraged to call Dr. J’s office at 310-683-0200 or visit his web site. Readers can also learn more about ear pinning at http://www.drjplasticsurgery.com/otoplasty-beverly-hills.html.

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