12-year-old undergoes liposuction

Filed under: Teens, Health & Safety: Babies

We've all heard the news: People are fatter now than ever before. Every time I turn on the TV, I see ads for gastric bypass surgery. Plastic surgery shows feature people that underwent gastric bypass and now need surgery to remove excess skin.

Usually, when I see these types of stories, I just think "Well, she's an adult." But...what if the person in question is only 12-years-old?

Here's the story of a 12-year-old that underwent liposuction to remove 35 pounds of fat and fluid from her body. At 12, she was 5'5 and weighed 220 pounds. Her parents say that she had basically been on a diet since the age of three and that nothing worked. When she brought up lipo as an option, they eventually decided for it.

She had 35 pounds removed (the normal is usually 10 or less) and also had to have a tummy tuck to deal with the flabby skin left over from her procedure.

While I feel for an overweight child, there were hints in the story that she wasn't as strict on her "diet" as her parents said she was. They said she "tasted" a lot when cooking. She mentioned waking up in the middle of the night for snacks and going through the lunch line twice at school.

Now she's down to 155 and exercises to keep the weight off. Too bad she couldn't have changed her eating and exercising habits before she underwent this risky, not to mention expensive, procedure.

Personally, I feel that plastic surgery, especially in the young is rarely the answer. I'm happy for the girl that she was able to get down to a more healthy weight, but feel that the way she went about it was wrong.

Would you ever let your teen (or preteen) get plastic surgery? If so, for what reasons?

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Start by teaching him that it is safe to do so.