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Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Little Baby Face Foundation-The New Frontier in Child Abuse

Beauty is not caused. It is.
Emily Dickinson

"These teenagers say they’ve been teased and bullied at school because of their looks. They feel the bullies will never change, and so they all have decided to change themselves - through cosmetic surgery."

Little Baby Face Foundation is a non profit plastic surgery business whose original goal was to donate corrective surgeries for facial deformities such as cleft palates/lips, to children whose families could not afford the overly expensive surgeries. Recently LBFF has extended their free surgeries to children/teens who have experienced trivial teasing at school for their noses or ears etc.

From Our Bodies Ourselves"In 2012, more than 236,000 cosmetic procedures were performed on patients  between 13 and 19, including more than 75,000 surgical procedures such as nose reshaping, breast lifts, breast augmentation, liposuction, and tummy tucks.1  As we consider under what circumstances plastic surgery is appropriate for teens, it is important to recognize that very few studies have been conducted to examine the risks for teens of these increasingly common procedures. Research is especially needed for the more controversial procedures such as breast implants, liposuction, and genital plastic surgery."
"One of the concerns about plastic surgery on adolescents is that their bodies are still maturing. In addition to development that may occur in the late teens, growth charts indicate that the average girl gains weight between the ages of 18 and 21, and that is likely to change her desire or need for breast augmentation as well as liposuction. There are no epidemiological studies or clinical trials on the safety and long-term risks of these procedures for adolescents."
"The long-term physical, emotional, and economic sequelae of many popular cosmetic surgeries, including implants and liposuction, are unknown. Despite the documented risks, the general public has an inflated sense of the benefits and a minimized sense of the risks of plastic surgery.6 Teenagers are often oblivious to the well-documented long-term health consequences of smoking, tanning, and other risky behaviors, and are likely to pay even less attention to the risks of cosmetic surgery, making informed consent difficult".
One fourteen year old GIRL who was teased at school due to her ears protruding somewhat, received a $40,000 operation from LBFF to correct her deformity. Afterward she said "I look beautiful, this is exactly what I wanted, I love it." A fifteen year old GIRL who had heard of the the fourteen year old's story sought and also received the foundations help because she was teased over her nose. Dr. Thomas Romo who started the foundation said You take a child, and you change the way they look. To anybody who sees them, they’re good-looking,” “That gives the child strength. We can’t go after the bully. But we can try and empower the children.” 

This statement alone clearly states the sick superficial purpose of this doKtor and his beautifying foundation. By "good looking" I've no doubt he means with regard to at least his female patients, fuckable by current male standards. I cant see where authority figures like doctors, first agreeing how unfuckable a young girl is due to her "facial deformities", then surgically improves her appearance so that males can now stand to look at her face on while they shove their no longer limp pricks into her vagina is ever going to give a girl "strength." This doktor says flat out that there is nothing that can be done to change the bullies, so why not pander to today's male pornographic masturbatory gaze and carve yourself into an eye candy pleasing fuckhole instead!

In the less than fifty years that I have occupied this planet, I have witnessed first hand HUGE changes in the attitudes and acceptability of peoples appearances. The TV/film actors/actresses, rock stars, painters, models, poets/writers and any artistic medium you can think of, those that I grew up with, would be out of work and unknown today because their looks didnt match their genius. Even Norma Jeane Baker's 10/12 dress size would have barred the way to the fruition of one of the world's greatest actresses/sex symbols, Marilyn Monroe. So to declare there is nothing that can be done to change mass thinking/attitudes or to set in motion future change is complete bullshit!

I tried to find LBFF stats on the sex of their more recent patients suffering from "facial deformities", but to no avail, I do however suspect them to mostly be female. That isnt to say that looksist standards for males havent changed in the last fifty years, but compared to the strict pornographic standards for females today, male looks still have a greater margin of acceptability, not to be confused with female fuckability.

The LBFF may have began with noble intentions, surgically helping poor children with debilitating facial deformities at no cost. But in recent years it has swung full circle to reinforcing strict unnatural beauty standards. Faces and parts of faces/heads like noses, mouths ears etc come in all shapes and sizes. Having a nose larger than a handful of your friends doesnt mean you have a deformity anymore than having a tiny nose does or a ears that arent snugged up to your skull, especially where pre-teen and teens are concerned. A gangly period of growth/looks is more than normal for the average growing teen and not something that needs surgically fixing!

This foundation and everything that feeds into its current practice of surgically maintaining an unnatural standard of beauty in children/teens is the real fucking deformity!

Change your world, NOT your body!

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9 comments:

  1. It's all about the $$$$. They don't give a rat's patootie about children.

    I wonder when they are going to start cosmetic surgery on perfectly healthy infants that aren't cute enough.

    I can see correcting a physical deformity such as cleft palate, but children don't need nose jobs because they don't have the perfect nose. Are we going to start botox injections on 11 year old kids?

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  2. I want to correct what I posted on January 8, 2014 at 10:30 PM. I need clarification on this.

    Dirt, I was looking at their website, and most of their work seems to focus on facial deformities such as cleft palate and really big ears and misshapen ears. These appear to be obvious defects. They also say that they do this for free to low-income kids.

    Where did you find the information that says that they are doing primarily cosmetic work on kids?

    I don't doubt the fact that cosmetic surgery is being pushed on teenagers, but this site seems to focus on kids with some obvious defects.

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  3. You have many examples in this post alone. And having a less than perfect nose or ears that stick out arent defects! Faces are allowed to have some character!

    dirt

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  4. I'm the person who posted January 8, 2014 at 10:30 PM

    It says on the website that they work on low-income kids. Some of the kids shown at this website with cleft palates and deformed ears in which the part of the outside of the ear is missing do, in my opinion, deserve surgery:

    http://www.littlebabyface.org/

    There are plenty of examples of teenagers getting plastic surgery for minor imperfections. I don't think teenagers should get breast augmentation, botox, etc.

    http://abcnews.go.com/Nightline/teen-plastic-surgery/story?id=12163764

    http://www.cbn.com/tv/1503823307001

    August 16, 2013

    "Teens are increasingly getting plastic surgery procedures in order to fit the perfect image they see in the media. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons states that 219,000 teens between the ages of 13 and 19 had plastic surgery procedures in 2010 and 8,500 were breast augmentations."

    http://www.examiner.com/article/teenagers-and-plastic-surgery-miami

    As to the ears, I'm not just talking about ears that stick out. I'm talking about most of the outside of the ear being gone because of some congenital defect or trauma. This is clearly a defect and not a minor imperfection. Look at the first before and after photograph of the kid with the brown curly hair. It looks as if the outside of the ear is partially missing. It is hard to tell with this photograph.

    http://www.littlebabyface.org/index.php/our-children/

    I agree that ears that stick out a bit really isn't a defect and kids shouldn't go under the knife for this. Missing part of the ear is. I'm not sure about some of the photographs. It's a judgment call.

    http://www.littlebabyface.org/index.php/our-children/

    I'm not sure about the girl in this article, "Bullied teens gets free cosmetic surgery from New York non-profit the Little Baby Face Foundation". She just has a big nose, and there is nothing wrong with a having a nose that looks different than.

    http://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/beauty/bullied-teens-seek-cosmetic-surgery-from-new-york-non-profit-the-little-baby-face-foundation/story-fnjck634-1226795468741

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  5. Anonymous, I agree that at first sight Dirt appears to have hit the wrong target. This foundation does seem to mostly deal with cases of genuine deformity.

    Nevertheless, there is a genuine GENDER issue here. I've seen the "before" photos of the cases Dirt cites. Neither of them are very shocking, and I very much doubt whether the parents of MALE children could make a case that this constituted "deformity" and merited free surgical intervention.

    The story also raises other issues, such as: When did young people start becoming so very sensitive to teasing? and: When did parents and other "caring" adults become so (over)indulgent of their complaints? Is my generation's mantra "Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me." now hopelessly un-PC?

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  6. "When did young people start becoming so very sensitive to teasing?"

    Dear, people have always be sensitive to teasing particularly if you were targeted for it. Let me guess, you were one of the teasers, right. Yeah, thought so.

    I think it's worse now because of the internet. I'm so glad the internet did not exist when I was kid.

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  7. To above AMEN to that :-)

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  8. "Let me guess, you were one of the teasers, right."

    Not at all. I was both teased and physically bullied. That's why I know the difference.

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  9. I saw a youtube video response to Dirt where the trans woman? was saying Dirt is a 'hater'...insert usual rhetoric...but she, while complaining of Dirts 'othering' also repeatedly emphasized Dirts age...e.g. '...I think she is from a different generation, is older...', etc. THAT is 'othering' via ageism, which is one of the sexist 'go to' tools against older women in socities gripped by patriarchal rhetoric. IOW, the trans complains about a supposed bigotry by actually and, worse, consciously uses bigotry to make her point. Such as it was...

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