Dr. Michael Niccole - Performs Cosmetic Surgery on Two Daughters
I was pretty horrified when I read about this today. Most people realize from common sense that this does not sound right - unless it's injury related. I also do not believe that it is right to perform the same medical procedures on the elderly (ages 70-93) but apparently that is also commonly being done by more surgeons than Dr. Michael Niccole alone.
CosmetiCareOne of Dr. Michael Niccole's clients is Orange County Housewife Alexis Bellino From America's Favorite Reality Television Series "The Real Housewives of Orange County." He was selected by the Consumer's Research Council of America as one of the TOP PLASTIC SURGEONS IN AMERICA and included in the "Guide to America's Top Plastic Surgeons." The Orange County Register named CosmetiCare "Peoples' Choice" as one of the "Best Plastic Surgery Centers in Orange County" as published in the guide to the "Best of Orange County". He was chosen by MDA (Muscular Dystrophy Association) as "Man of the Year" for his continued humanitarian efforts dedicated to reconstructing lives through donated plastic surgery. "Humanitarian of the Year" award winner, Sojourn Services for Battered Women and their Children, for donated reconstructive surgery to victims of domestic violence. Dr. Niccole was honored at the MDA's Gala fundraiser in June of 2008. By taking a moment to learn about CosmetiCare, you'll see that our surgeons and sta
He certainly has an impressive background.
Niccole has two adopted daughters, Brittani and Charm. When Brittani was only 18 years old, he administered both breast augmentation (to make them larger) and rhinoplasty (nose surgery). When Charm was only 10 (TEN!!!) he operated on her navel, to change it from an outtie to an inny.
Brittani had this to say on 20/20:
Brittani NiccoleI wanted breast augmentation surgery to “build my self esteem.” [...] I didn’t have large breasts when I was younger, and all my friends did…I felt very self conscious about it.
As if this is not enough surgery to put your teens through, he also administers Botox to both girls on a regular basis to prevent wrinkles.
He calls it maintenance.
At the other end of the spectrum we also have the elderly requesting and succumbing to the siren call of plastic surgery. Just look at Joan Rivers and Phyllis Diller - they have had multiple surgeries over the years and I'm sure, will continue to do so for some time to come. In the case of Phyllis Diller, (older than Rivers) her skin is now so tight, it looks as if it might tear with just a little provocation.
Last year, there was an article on an 83 year old woman in California named Marie Kolstad who requested a 3 hour breast lift with implants (worth $8,000). She is now a happy 36C. You can watch her and other various people on YouTube, who have had plastic surgery.
Susan Donaldson JamesIn 2010, there were 84,685 surgical procedures among those over 65, according to the American Society for the Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. Of those, 26,635 were face-lifts; 24,783, cosmetic eyelid operations; 6,469, liposuctions; 5,874, breast reductions; 3,875, forehead lifts; 3,339, breast lifts and 2,414, breast augmentations.
One of the reasons that teenagers seek cosmetic surgery has already been expressed above - self esteem. Children can be mean - really mean to others. So those with larger than average noses, ears that stick out, poochy belly, tiny breasts and a host of other teenage conceived beauty maladies, is the only solution of which they can conceive.
Personally, if my young daughter wanted cosmetic surgery, it would be a red flag to me that her self-esteem was suffering for some reason. If I couldn't help her have a better view of herself, by listening and helping her change her outlook, then I would suggest some therapy to help her see just how lovely she really is. I realize this is subjective depending upon the situation
If it was injury related, then I think I'd be inclined to give in, this would be an easy choice if the alternative would be to have a clinically depressed child.
Laura T. CoffeyFor years, Selter endured taunts because of her nose size. Kids ridiculed her by saying she looked like a pelican and by calling her “butter face” — code for “She’s hot, but her face!” Escalante deliberately grew his hair out to hide ears that had branded him with the nickname “Dumbo.” And Olson’s self-confidence flagged as she tolerated “horrifying” name-calling after developing DDD-size breasts as a teen.
Sometimes though, it can be just pure narcissim. Teenagers and even many adults can be their own worst critics and see imagined faults where there are none - kind of like the cause of bulemia - it's all psychological, they want to be perfect Barbie dolls.
If this were the reason, I'd tell them to wait till they are adults and then they can do whatever they choose. I don't actually have any daughters, but I do have two sons. One that is vehemently against tattoos and one that embraces them. He doesn't too many, but originally he asked me about them when he was 15 and I told him the same thing - wait till you're an adult.
Laura T. CoffeyReputable cosmetic surgeons with teen patients typically recommend a series of at least four sessions with a therapist before moving forward with any procedures. The point of these sessions is to uncover underlying motives for wanting surgery, as well as to determine the emotional maturity of the patient.
I found the latter article to be excellent.
You can watch a video on YouTube of Dr. Niccole's interview on the Today Show. He discusses breast augmentation surgery performed on a 75 year old woman, Sherry Cook. Another good video on YouTube is a plastic surgeon debate on teens. Debaters are Dr. Frederick Lukash and Dr. Alan Matarasso.
Interestingly, this video also declares that the FDA doesn't recommend plastic surgery for teens.
There is a lot of good information on the topic of teens and plastic surgery, so I've compiled a list of Recommended Reading titles for your perusal.
Is Plastic Surgery a Teen Thing?
by Denise Mann
American Society of Plastic Surgeons
Plastic Surgery For Teenagers Briefing Paper
Teens Choose Plastic Surgery to Boost Self-Esteem
by Victoria Thompson
- What is Plastic Surgery?
- Why Do Teens Get Plastic Surgery?
- Is Plastic Surgery the Right Choice?
- Things to Consider;
- What's Involved?
ABC NewsMedical Unit
Surgeon Gave Teen Daughter Breast Implants
by Rob Wallace
Top Plastic Surgeon Dr. Michael Niccole, Whose Clients Include Real Housewives of Orange County's Star Alexis Bellino, Introduces the World to CosmetiCare South Coast Surgery Center
by Dr. Michael Niccole
ABC NewsGood Morning America
83-Year-Old Gets Breast Implants to Keep Up With Kids
by Susan Donaldson James
Can plastic surgery be good for teens?
by Laura T. Coffey