Fitness mogul Jillian Michaels was bullied as a child. Her tormentors zeroed in on both her weight and the size of her nose.
She got so fed up with it that she went out and got a rhinoplasty procedure as a teen, and then dedicated her life to fitness.
Her story is one that's becoming more common these days. We're seeing more people using plastic surgery as a way to combat bullying, as they try to become the person that they have always wanted to be.
Both Bullies and the Bullied are More Likely to Get Plastic Surgery
One study shows that a victim of bullying is more than 11 times more likely to get plastic surgery than someone unaffected by bullying. Meanwhile, the bully is also considerably more likely to get plastic surgery. Data shows that they are 3 times more likely, while teens that were both the victim and the bully at some point were almost 9 times more likely.
Bullies are often also the victims of bullying from someone else. This can lead to insecurity and a lack of self-control that causes them to lash out.
Seeking a Better Version of Yourself
Most people that get plastic surgery will see a noticeable increase in self-esteem. However, that might not be the case immediately after the surgery, according to Toronto breast augmentation expert, Dr. Stephen Mulholland.
'During the first 3 to 4 months, you're going to be a little bit more self-conscious because you're not used to having implantable devices giving you your figure, shape and form,' said Dr. Mulholland.
'They might look good, but you're not quite used to them.'
However, once a patient internalizes the change, they genuinely see the mirror image as the new me.
A recent study shows that women who undergo breast augmentation are likely to experience a noticeable increase in self-esteem. As a result, they may also experience increases in sexual interest, arousal, and satisfaction.
A Societal Shift in Attitudes
The myth that plastic surgery is reserved for the rich and the superficial has all but died in recent years. The COVID-19 crisis has actually played a key role in this. A record number of people are now considering plastic surgery after gaining the Quarantine 15, or being forced to look at their own face every day on Zoom calls.
During the COVID-19 crisis, The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) surveyed 1000 people that had never undergone any sort of plastic surgery procedure before. Almost 50% of respondents said they were open to having one in the near future.
But if we go back a few years, a similar 2014 survey revealed that only 17% of respondents would consider plastic surgery, and 49% were flatly opposed to the idea.
Today's teen is facing unprecedented challenges when it comes to bullying. Parents may tell their children to shut out the bullies. But those parents likely would have only faced bullying at school. Today's children may have to face taunts every time they walk the halls at school, log into their favourite online game, or even look at their smartphone.
Cyberbullying is a relatively new problem, and plastic surgery is increasingly being seen as a modern solution that can help.