A boy in Utah went under the knife after being bullied and picked on.

Fearful the bullying would scar their son, Gage, for life, parents Tim and Kallie Berger hired a plastic surgeon to pin back their son's ears after he was called "elf ears" by peers. They say the 2-hour procedure was worth it.

"[Gage] just gets really down on himself and he thinks, 'I'm not good enough,'" said Kallie Berger.

It's not unusual for a child to have ear surgery at a relatively young age," said plastic surgeon, Dr. Tracy Pfeifer. "The surgery is relatively simple and it is life-changing in a positive way for these young children."

According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, over 63,000 cosmetic surgical procedures were performed on adolescents aged 13 to 19 in 2013 to correct concerns about a misshapen nose, protruding ears, or too-large breasts.

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