In a cautionary tale about the potentially addictive qualities of cosmetic procedures, UK resident Sarah Burge, who has proclaimed herself a "Human Barbie" recently gave her 7-year-old daughter a liposuction stocking stuffer. The frightening thing, however, is that the child apparently wanted the $10,800 gift certificate for the body sculpting procedure.
In an article published in the Daily Mail, Burge said her daughter Poppy "asks for surgery all the time. She wants to look good and lipo is one of those procedures that will always come in handy." Burge herself has reputedly spent nearly $1 million on her own cosmetic work.
Burge bristles at suggestions that she is a bad mother, insisting that the liposuction voucher is no different than investing in Poppy's future education. Experts do not agree, pointing out that childhood is a time to explore the world and to imagine and create.
Acting, dressing, and being treated like a grown-up actually deprives children of critical developmental stages and thus of important life skills. Cultivating self-confidence and a positive body image are part of that process.
Liposuction is a body sculpting procedure that works best for individuals who are near their ideal body weight. It's intended to remove fatty deposits in problem areas that have proven resistant to exercise. It is not recommended as a weight loss method, but is often used after aggressive weight loss, sometimes along with a "tummy tuck" to restore a more toned appearance.
Once the most popular of all cosmetic procedures, liposuction can be seen, however, as a "short cut" to a better body and is often a favorite of individuals who are arguably "addicted." In a report on Burge's unusual Christmas present by Fox News, medical contributor Dr. Manny Alvarez aid, "Plastic surgery addiction is a reality - and one Burge could feasibly pass on to her daughter."
When used under proper circumstances and based on adult, well-informed decisions, cosmetic procedures like liposuction are life enhancing. They should not, however, be seen as "quick" fixes and "instant" answers, nor should they be "sold" in this fashion to young children whose self-perception is still developing.