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When Teen Bullying Leads To Plastic Surgery

Originally Posted: March 09, 2011

Tales of teens who were bullied into plastic surgery. (Courtesy Photo: BenBella Books)

Manhasset - A disturbing incident in gym class led one Long Island teenage boy who was hiding his abnormal pecks to an extreme medical procedure.

Bullying caused serious problems in the classroom and the home. Pediatricians and psychologists couldn't help. One plastic surgeon could.

Dr. Frederick Lukash of Manhasset tells this story and others in his controversial new book, "The Safe & Sane Guide to Teenage Plastic Surgery."

At one time or another, 75 percent of students are subjected to harassment by bullies or Cyber-Bullies and experience physical, psychological and/or emotional abuse. Most teenagers face deep self-esteem issues when it comes to their appearance. In 2009, over 200,000 children had medical aesthetic procedures. The two statistics may be connected.

Plastic surgery is hardly ever the solution - but Dr. Lukash's extensive art therapy collection from the children he has helped indicates that sometimes it may be the best option.

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