13 Year Old Has Nose Job Because of Facebook Bullying

MakenzieR on 17 Oct 2011 at 12:00pm

Last week ABC News covered the story of 13-year-old Nicolette Taylor and her rhinoplasty.  Apparently she was not only bullied in school, but the hardest part was bullying on Facebook.  

"This one kid was like 'Hey, Big Nose! Hey, whatcha doing Big Nose?" Nicolette says.

Her parents are totally supportive, with her mother saying "If that's the one thing that makes her so insecure, I don't have a problem with [her having a nose job]."

I could recap everything, but you've got to watch this video to get the full story.  It's worth the watch, and then let us know your opinion! 

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What do you think about purely cosmetic surgery at 13?  Are parents preventing their kids from learning how to deal with bullying, or are they providing an appropriate solution to a common childhood problem?

Photo credit: The Gloss 

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Saw the video now--and holy moly, it's hurt her breathing--you can hear it when she talks! Poor thing.
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But they shouldn't let her tan.
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Maybe it's self-tanner?

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Kudos to the parents of this tormented girl who recognized that a daughter's avoidable pain should be avoided. Period. If this girl had a mis-shappen bone anywhere else on her body, no one would question such a surgery. And, the face should be no different, as long as prudent and ethical techniques are used. The true gift of this family's saga is that the girl was listened to and was heeded. The rest is no one's business.
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I think she was a beautiful girl before,however after her 2 incidents it did change her looks.If that was my daughter I would do the same!!She looks great,and i,m sure it boosted her self esteem.
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As a nurse, I'd say this girl's nose really was deformed by the breaks, and thus the surgery was justified. To me, this is the equivalent of a scar reduction which, on a person's face is often characterized as "medically necessary", for psychological reasons. It's not as if the girl had a totally normal nose she just didn't like. There was very visible malformation related to the previous fracture. Definitely justifiable IN THIS CASE.
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I totally agree. I'm not against nose jobs on under 18 year olds but this was a pretty special case with her being 13. For me what made it fine is that she wasn't born with it. I think it mentally-- for her makes the whole idea of 'fixing the nose' a little more objective than lets say a person born with a less than ideal nose. The question doesn't go to "what's wrong with me" but to "what's wrong with happened to me to make me look like this".
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Really good perspective QDrake. Thanks for sharing that POV!

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I didn't watch the video, but if she's a cheerleader, she should wait until after graduation, or she'll just break it again. I knew several cheerleaders who got nosejobs between high school and college because of noses left crooked due to breaks.
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