A leading surgeon today revealed he has carried out cosmetic surgery on schoolgirls who were being bullied because of their appearance.

Douglas McGeorge, president of the British Association of Aesthetic and Plastic Surgery, admitted to reshaping the nose of a 14-year-old girl from Essex, as well as giving expandable breast implants to teenage girls who were not developing at the same rate as others.

Mr McGeorge, a private surgeon who works at several hospitals, said he had been approached by teenagers and their parents after other attempts to end the bullying failed. 

He told the Evening Standard: "You think about children whose ears stick out, it's the same thing. Children are very cruel and there's a lot of stigma attached to appearance."

Many clinics will not operate on anyone under the age of 18 although children can have any medical treatment with the consent of their parents.

Should clinics/ surgeons be allowed to carry out cosmetic surgery on anyone under the age of 18 with or without parental consent for?

Should surgeons/ clinics have the freedom to decide, even with parental consent, if they wish to perform cosmetic surgery on anyone under the age of 18?

Or should an independent body review individual cases?