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How Transgender Doctors Prey on Teenage Girls on TikTok

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Published on: December 5, 2022

“What is the perfect age to have top surgery?” (“My youngest patient was 15,”)

Nothing like this Reuters report has been allowed in mainstream media in this country. (Reuters is a British company and discussions about transgender abuses are still ongoing in the UK. This report however focuses on the United States and has led to the predictable attacks from campaigners.)

As flawed as the report is, it hesitantly addresses the disproportionate number of young girls being sexually mutilated and the role on social media and peer pressure. That is already a no-go zone.

And it provides a little snippet of just how some doctors are promoting and profiting from this horror.

Kulovitz, a girl, actual first name unknown, got routed into this by online culture beginning on Tumblr at age 11. Tumblr was a slower-paced TikTok with all the same cultural insanity.

One day during his junior year of high school, Kulovitz, then 16, was scrolling on her phone when the TikTok account of a Miami surgeon who offered to “yeet the teets” of young transgender people popped up. In videos with hip-hop music playing in the background, Dr Sidhbh Gallagher provided detailed information about top surgery to remove or modify breasts and displayed photos of her satisfied gender-diverse patients, most of them young people, with shirts off to show the results of the doctor’s work. “Come to Miami to see me and the rest of the De Titty Committee,” she said in one of the videos.

Some of this is unfortunately an outgrowth of the highly dubious ways some plastic surgeons promote themselves to teens, especially teenage girls. There were huge ethical issues in this area already, but there was little political interest in the problem because it didn’t play into identity politics.

Some surgeons claimed that offering, for example, breast implants or nose jobs to 16-year-old girls, was important for their mental health.

It’s no coincidence that this same argument is now being used for the grotesque transgender mutilation surgeries being inflicted on teenage girls by some of the same players who are cashing in massively while ruining countless lives.

TikTok is notorious as a platform for pushing plastic surgery on teens.

The hashtag #nosejobcheck, which mainly consists of videos showcasing before-and-after clips of nasal surgery, has accumulated over one billion views on the platform. The hashtag #nosejob, which hosts similar videos, has over 1.6 billion views.

While #nosejobcheck is primarily used by creators sharing their experiences of getting nose jobs, plastic surgeons are also using it to market their work and appear on the FYPs of potential patients.

Dr. Kim Patrick Murray, a Miami-based plastic surgeon, is one of the medical practitioners who uses the app to promote his followers’ surgery. In recent months, he has seen an uptick in preliminary consultation thanks to social media.

Some of these consultation requests are coming from under-18s.

This doesn’t bother him.

“Rhinoplasty is a relatively tame topic compared to a lot of other stuff on TikTok,” he told Insider. “If you want to look at the negatives, you have worse things like teenagers dancing in bikinis.”

Murray performs the surgery on patients as young as 14.

“Operating on somebody that young could be a little controversial,” he said. “But for me, the advantages of considering rhinoplasty at that young age allow the person to grow and be comfortable in their own skin and that far outweighs the negatives,” Murray added.

The plastic surgeon said that if a teenager was struggling with their self-esteem due to an overly-pronounced nose, saw one of his TikToks, and decided to seek surgery, he’d view that as a “positive” thing.

This same argument has been transplanted to a form of surgery that is far more devastating and makes any kind of normal life impossible afterward. But since it’s wrapped up in sexual identity politics, no one can object to it.

In its new Standards of Care, published in September, WPATH acknowledged for the first time that “social influence” may impact an adolescent’s gender identity. The organization recommends that youths undergo an in-depth evaluation in part so that clinicians “can discern between a person’s gender identity that is marked and sustained and an identity that might be socially influenced,” according to Dr Eli Coleman, director of the University of Minnesota Medical School’s Institute for Sexual and Gender Health who oversaw the update of WPATH’s guidelines.

That’s progress even though it’s a restatement of common sense reality, but one that transgender campaigners vocally denounced and denied.

Top Surgery Specialists of New York City and Los Angeles has Instagram accounts that feature photos of young people proudly displaying their scars after top surgery.
Dr Tony Mangubat, a Seattle plastic surgeon who has more than 200,000 followers on TikTok @TikDocTony, often tags his posts with the hashtag “#teetusdeletus.” In his videos, he answers questions like “What is the perfect age to have top surgery?” (“My youngest patient was 15,” Mangubat replied) and “Hey Doc, how old do I have to be to start T,” short for testosterone. (“You start T, really, when you’re ready,” Mangubat responded, and advised patients to talk to their doctors).
Top Surgery Specialists and Mangubat did not respond to requests for comment.
Gallagher, the doctor who performed Kulovitz’s top surgery, posts bare-chested selfies from her patients – who often refer to themselves as “Gallagher guys” – frolicking on sun-drenched beaches. She also posts images of parents standing in the lobby of her Miami office next to their children, who wear unbuttoned “nip-reveal shirts” that show their red incision scars. “Supportive moms are the best!” Gallagher writes in photo captions.
The ones willing to write $10,000 checks.
Gallagher describes to her 273,000 TikTok followers the options she offers for “designer” chests. Top surgery can include torso “masculoplasty” to smooth out feminine curves. For the nonbinary, Gallagher can remove the nipples altogether: “No Nips, No problem,” as one post’s text display puts it. And for the gender fluid, she offers “non-flat” surgery, leaving enough breast tissue so that on some days patients can have a “perky breast” with cleavage and on other days they can bind their breasts.
This isn’t medical care, it’s marketing plastic surgery to teens. And, I presume, it’s quite profitable.
In February, five of these groups, made up of parents, medical professionals and people who have detransitioned, filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission, asking the agency to investigate Gallagher over the way she communicates with young people on social media. The complaint alleges that Gallagher and her medical practice are “engaged in unfair, false and deceptive practices in the aggressive advertising and marketing to minors of their plastic surgery services, namely mastectomies of healthy female breasts, as proven safe, effective and medically necessary.” One of the groups’ members said she was alarmed when her child, who was following Gallagher on social media, told her about wanting surgery by the doctor.

Two lawyers filed a similar complaint earlier this year with the Florida Attorney General’s Office alleging that Gallagher is improperly marketing surgery to teens on TikTok and Instagram, in particular to “children with mental health disorders.”

The FTC won’t do anything, but Florida might.

Parents of 40 gender-diverse children told Reuters they were concerned that their children came out only after they hit puberty, often at the same time as their friends and after their use of social media had increased. For many, their worries were compounded when clinicians swiftly affirmed their childrens’ transgender identities and recommended medical intervention without fully assessing whether other potential underlying causes of distress were present.

Kelly, a 43-year-old parent who asked that her full name not be used to protect her family’s privacy, told Reuters that her child was heavily into highly sexualized anime and transgender online forums when the 12-year-old started experimenting, seemingly overnight, with being a transgender boy. The child’s therapist encouraged medical intervention, Kelly said, but while Kelly supported social transition outside the home, she made it clear that her child would have to wait until she was 18 for hormones and top surgery.

After several years of living as a boy and using “he” and “him” pronouns, Kelly’s child, now 18, is back to using her female name, dressing in feminine clothing and using “she” and “her” pronouns. “We would have lost our daughter if we had followed what the therapist was telling us to do,” the mother said.

And so many other daughters are lost while some profit.

Article posted with permission from Daniel Greenfield

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