Mom Gets Her Toddler Plastic Surgery So She'll Be Better Looking

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toddler hairCan you think of any possible excuse for letting a toddler go under the knife for purely cosmetic reasons? One mom is defending her decision to get her 2-year-old daughter plastic surgery. And no, she's not incredibly vain and superficial.

Sasha Emmons' daughter Chloe was born with a strawberry mark on her head, what's called a hemangioma birthmark. It wasn't tiny, either. The benign blood-vessel tumor grew to the diameter of a golf ball, Emmons says. And it became puffy. But since it didn't pose a health hazard, her doctor told her to ignore it. He assured her it would fade within a couple years. It didn't.

The birthmark kept hair from growing on Chloe's head, and people kept staring and asking about it. Emmons began to fear that as Chloe grew older, "her birthmark would always enter the room before she did." She would become that kid with the weird birthmark on her head, not just Chloe.

Emmons wanted to raise her daughter to believe beauty comes from within, that your looks don't define you. But she learned that hemangioma birthmarks can stick around for 10 years. In Chloe's case, it could leave a bald spot even after the birthmark had faded. How could she expose her daughter to the bullying she would surely receive? How hurt and angry would Chloe feel if she someday learned she didn't have to go through life with a strange birthmark and then bald spot right on the front of her head?

And so, Emmons chose to have the birthmark removed when her daughter was 2 years old. It went fine and left her with just a three-inch scar. Now Chloe is a second-grader with long hair.

I think I would have done the same thing. There will always be people born with birth defects that doctors can't do anything about. And we all learn difficult lessons about looking past appearances -- they learn the hardest lessons about self-acceptance and inner strength. But there are some lessons parents can be forgiven for for saving their kids from learning, especially when you have other options.

Would you have made the same choice as this mother?


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Worki... WorkingMom8479

Such a deceiving title.... not cool.

silve... silverdawn99

My daughter also has one but on the back of her neck but her hair covers it. I applaud her mother for taking the time to research and deciding what was best for her daughter

jalaz77 jalaz77

Wow what a SHITTY title!! My 2 middle kids have them. The one is fiat and faded the other is still bright. These usually fade closer to 6 the majority of them do. 2 yrs is a bit young for surgery yet. I do see why though, they can open up and bleed pretty bad.

Katriena Young

I had one of those birth marks when I was born. Mine was on my back and it's pretty much disappeared as I've gotten older. It worried my parents for a bit but when the doctor told them that it would be alright they didn't worry about it. My mom always said that if the mark had been on my face or somewhere people would see it they would have had it removed.

cmjaz cmjaz

My daughters boyfriend still has his on his forehead. Though its flat, he's still very embarrassed about it and he's 18 years old. I didn't know you could have plastic surgery for it. Maybe I'll mention it to him.

tuffy... tuffymama

I would absolutely have had it removed.

nonmember avatar kaerae

Corrective Surgery. But that wouldn't bring in the ad revenue, would it?

Mom2f... Mom2fourlove

I had a huge one on my arm and I was self consiece all mylife about it. What a misleading title. My mother said I would walk around with my hand covering mine because I was so embarrased. Now at 24 its still there not deep red and raised but if people notice I still get omg what happened to your arm??

Amand... Amanda0712

My son has one right on the side if his mouth. Dark red and raised. We too were told that it would fade by the time he was 1. It didn't. Then we were told by the time he was 2. It didn't. Since it was not covered by insurance to have it removed, we didn't. Insurance would only cover removing it if it spread to the inside of his mouth where he could bite it when he ate. By the time he was 3 it was a lot lighter. And not raised. He is 10 now and it is barely noticeable. I am glad we gave it time.

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