A Florida-based Irish plastic surgeon who has a large following on social media has been reported to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) for allegedly falsely advertising services to under-18s.
Five organizations led by Genspect – an international alliance founded by Irish psychotherapist Stella O’Malley and concerned about the gender treatment of young people – filed their complaint against Dr. Sidhbh Gallagher a.
dr Gallagher, who runs Gallagher Plastic Surgery in Miami with the help of her sister Neasa, has built a huge following on social media on TikTok, YouTube, Instagram and Facebook through her contributions to the transgender validation operation.
Originally from Co Louth, the surgeon who studied at University College Dublin before moving to America, has over 270,000 followers on her main TikTok account and another 7,000 on TheVagicianMD.
In 2019 she met then Health Secretary Simon Harris to urge an increase in surgical capacity for gender reassignment surgeries in Ireland. dr Gallagher is also one of 20 Inspiring Women in See it be it a book with proceeds going to charitable groups.
She has identified herself online as “Dr. Teetus Deletus” in relation to their surgical removal of breast tissue for women transitioning to men. In her TikTok videos, she regularly refers to the procedure as “yeet the teets”. “Yeet” is slang for forcibly throwing something away.
dr Gallagher has said she performs up to 500 gender confirmation surgeries annually. One per month affects a person under the age of 18.
The complaint, filed with the FTC, alleges that Gallagher and her company “engaged in unfair, false and deceptive practices in aggressively advertising and marketing their plastic surgery services to minors, namely mastectomies of healthy female breasts, which are considered safe.” have proven effective and medically necessary”.
The complaint includes examples of comments from social media users saying they will save their money so they can see Dr. Gallagher can use when they are old enough.
The 14-page document states that the videos are “part of a brand marketing program aimed at creating an online media personality for Gallagher as an entertaining celebrity surgeon, to target hundreds of thousands of underage social media users, and for Gallagher’s ‘gender affirming’ to advertise. cosmetic surgeries and sell them to a vulnerable and impressionable demographic of children and adolescents who are struggling with their gender identity and developing bodies.”
The complaint alleges that the posts omit the actual physical and psychological risks of surgery.
One of the former patients of Dr. Gallagher, Grace Lidinsky-Smith, who has transitioned away, told Medscape’s medical news site earlier this year that she’d noticed some of the Irish surgeon’s TikToks painted a “falsely rosy picture.” In a video, Dr. Gallagher wears a red dress and throws her hair back, while the lyrics state that sadness in post-operative patients is “temporary.”
The FTC declined to say whether it is investigating the complaint. dr Gallagher did not respond to requests for comment. She told Medscape she uses “gimmicky” terms because they are “the words of the community I serve,” and it helped put patients at ease.
She said she followed standards that required a mental health assessment, so the risk of regret in her patients was “incredibly low.” She also defended surgery on patients under the age of 18.
“Doing nothing is not necessarily a harmless option,” said Dr. Gallagher. “Arbitrarily picking the age of 18 and condemning this patient to an additional year of dysphoria may not be the best risk-benefit analysis.”
https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/health/irish-gender-affirmation-surgeon-based-in-florida-is-reported-over-false-promotion-in-tiktoks-42051361.html Irish gender identity confirmation surgeon based in Florida is reported for false advertising on TikToks