Reader Laura Comment on 15 Year Old Breast Reduction Case
Posted Dec 09 2009 12:00am
Reader Laura’s Comment:
Ex-Seattle doctor accused of bad breast surgery – isn’t it unusual to do a reduction on a 15 year old? What are the laws/rules for doing plastic surgery on a teenager? Isn’t it better for the potential patient to wait until they are at least 25 so that they have finished growing/developing?
Performing liposuction on a 15 year old is more unusual although I would think twice about doing a breast reduction on such a young lady. Younger breast reduction patients may be at a higher risk of developing large breasts again and often have a more difficult time coping with the changed appearance and any scarring. As is often the case though, there are no hard and fast rules or laws as to who can do what to whom. This is an agreement between the surgeon and the patient. So whereas I would probably not do a case like this, it is my professional judgment that guides me.
From the looks of the report the state is questioning the doctor’s qualifications. If he was not a plastic surgeon, then this one may get added to the “check out your surgeon before surgery” file. It does not look like the doctor is still practicing.
I wonder if the doctor in this story is this Thomas Laney: