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Teens Seek Plastic Surgery to Combat Bullying

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High school senior Erica Morgo says she likes what she sees when she looks in the mirror, but that was not always the case. Erica was bullied horribly by her classmates in middle school.

“In sixth grade I was in the bus, and a lot of boys made fun of me for having a big nose,” Erica said. “They would call me Pinocchio. And in school, in class, people would point it out. I felt helpless. I felt like a loser.”

The situation grew so severe that Erica grew depressed and started missing school. She estimates she missed a total of month’s worth of classes to avoid the taunts of classmates. Finally, one night she says she couldn’t take the teasing any longer, and decided to take matters into her own hands.

Erica is among a small but growing number of teenagers who say being teased or bullied prompted them to consider or even undergo cosmetic surgery. Nearly 90,000 teenagers had cosmetic surgery in 2007, and doctors say the numbers are growing.

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