After former child model, Nicolette twice sustained a broken nose, she was constantly teased by peers on Facebook and in school. At the tender age of thirteen, Nicolette underwent cosmetic surgery to repair and refine her nose. Cosmetic surgery at such a young age brings forth many questions. Physically, is the child’s bone structure mature enough to be permanently altered? Instead of undergoing surgery, could a child be taught how to deal with bullying? Wouldn’t confronting a problem strengthen character and ultimately help a child learn how to cope with distressing situations later in life? Possibly yes, and possibly no.

Eleven-year-old Arianna Adan tis another child who fought bullying with plastic surgery. After constantly being teased about her ears, Arianna became withdrawn and depressed. One day she resorted to trying to tack her ears back with a stapler. Although she admits that the surgery was painful, it was well worth it because she felt more beautiful afterwards.

Bullying is nothing new, but with the surge of social media, it has become rampart, forcing some teenagers into ultimate acts of desperation. According to, in 2010 one in seven children grades kindergarten through 12th was a bully or a victim of one.

If Nicolette or Arianna was your daughter, how do you think you would have helped them confront their problem?

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  1. GOOD post I think until the bones are completely finished forming plastic surgery should only be done for emergancies.When does vanity to a doctor mean more than the patient

  2. Interesting thought Chris! Such a hard call at time. I’m not sure what I would do if my child was constantly being bullied, and I had tried in sundry ways to put a stop to it, and teach her how to cope, to no avail. Such a hard call at times.

    Thanks so much for reading this post and taking the time to respond.
    Very best,
    Lois W. Stern

    To read more great stories, visit me on Facebook.

  3. I believe plastic surgery will never be the best option against bullying, BUT this does not mean that it cannot be a possible option later on. The article on stated that when parents say no to plastic surgery, they must explain carefully to their kids why it is not recommended for them. Remember that saying that they are beautiful in your eyes (as a parent) will not really help, it can just add to the negative feeling. Explain that, the main problem is not what your kids have or do not have, bullies have problems and there should be proper counseling to address issues.

    In addition to that, if you as a parent decided to allow your kid undergo a surgery, there are important factors to consider and explain very carefully to your kid. These include their health, the potential for complications, estimate of the success of the procedure and assessment of their physical and emotional maturity.

    • Hi Jane,

      And thank you for taking the time to express some well thought out and articulated ideas. I do agree that all other options should be explored and tried before surgery, I suspect in some cases it is the best option. I guess I have just lived long enough and experienced enough of life to say “never say never”. I have eaten my own words more than once!

      Hope to meet you again on my Facebook PAGE. My theme: BEAUTY WITHIN, BEAUTY WITHOUT . . . WHAT’S YOUR PASSION?

      Very best,
      Lois W. Stern

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