Irish ‘gender affirmation’ Surgeon Reported for allegedly advertising surgery to minors

Irish surgeon accused of “false promotion”

An Irish plastic surgeon operating in the United States has been reported to the Federal Trade Commission (FTA) for allegedly advertising services to minors. 

According to journalist Mark Tighe, Dr. Sidhbh Gallagher who specialising in so called gender affirmation surgeries, was reported to the FTA by, “Five organisations led by Genspect — an international alliance founded by Irish psychotherapist Stella O’Malley that has concerns about gender-affirmative treatment of young people — filed its complaint against Dr Sidhbh Gallagher in February.” 

Tighe’s report in the Irish Independent states that Gallagher, whose practice is situated in Miami,  has amassed a “huge social media following on TikTok, YouTube, Instagram and Facebook through her posts on transgender affirmation surgery.”

The report contains shocking details of the alleged conduct of Gallagher on her Tiktok where she reportedly dismissed “sadness in post-op patients as temporary” while flipping her hair. 

The County Louth native has more than 270,000 followers on her Tiktok account, and the complaint against her details concerns she and her firm “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”.

Parts of the US medical industry operate on a ‘for profit’ model and gender affirmation surgeries can cost as much as six figures. 

It was also highlighted that a number of Gallagher’s underage followers were leaving comments on her posts about wanting to save up to afford gender surgery. 

Tighe writes Gallagher “has said she does up to 500 gender-affirmation surgeries a year. One a month involves a person under the age of 18.” The report also states that the UCD graduated “defended operating on patients under 18 years of age.”

The file of complaint against her states “part of a brand marketing scheme designed to create an online media persona for Gallagher as an entertaining celebrity surgeon in order to appeal to hundreds of thousands of underage social media users, advertise Gallagher’s ‘gender affirming’ plastic surgery services, and sell them to a vulnerable and impressionable population of children and youth experiencing distress with their gender identity and developing bodies”.

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