Continued Controversy: Another Bullied Teen Turns to Cosmetic Surgery

A. Foley on 7 Sep 2012 at 9:00am


Youth plastic surgery has seen a resurgence in the news over the past year, especially in the past couple months, and we've kept a close eye on the controversial arguments from both sides. The latest round has been about non-profits who donate surgery to children being tormented by their peers for one physical trait or another. For Nadia Ilse it was her nose and ears, and for Kaleb is was his ears, too.

Since preschool, Kaleb has been picked on by his Huntington Beach classmates, who called him Dumbo and satellite ears on the playground, in school and on his bike ride home.

But Kaleb hopes that's all in the past. Through Newport Beach-based Dr. Michael Niccole's Magic Mirror Foundation, Kaleb had a free otoplasty that removed cartilage and pinned his protruding ears. There are still large questions looming about whether the psychological effects continue, even after a physical change, and whether surgery is an appropriate solution for child bullying. Dr. Niccole told the OC Register that it's nobody's place to decide whether a child or teen should seek corrective surgery.

"I don't see why anybody would even question or judge that," he said. "When they say, 'Why?' I immediately say, 'Why not?' I don't think anyone should be so critical."

Do you have an opinion on the matter, or think it's a personal matter that stays in the family? Please share you thoughts in the comments below.


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