TORONTO, Ontario, July 26, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – A plastic surgeon in Toronto who calls himself a “leader in the LGBT community” has admitted to performing double mastectomies on girls as young as fourteen who believe themselves to be 'boys.'
Dr. Marc DuPéré will perform the procedure, despite the vast majority of children with gender identity confusion eventually reverting to their natal sex, as long as the teen girl is “firm about the decision to transition,” he wrote in a now deleted post on his website.
DuPéré defended what he calls “top surgery” of young girls in an interview with LifeSiteNews.
“Parents should encourage questioning with their children to understand ‘their story’,” he said.
His Visage Clinic in Toronto offers these “top surgeries” for about $9,000 and he recalls removing the breasts of two 14-year-old girls in the last five years. He also admits he’s done a few more of these surgeries on girls 15 and 16-years-old.
This is major surgery.
Double mastectomies typically leave scars on the patient’s chest while removing the possiblity of a woman breastfeeding any future children.
There’s also the ever-present possibility a girl or woman who gets such a surgery may later change her mind. Even DuPéré admits there is a risk of “regret”.
It’s not an insignificant risk.
In an online video, pediatrician Dr. Michelle Cretella, president of the American College of Pediatricians, warns that children who think they are anything other than their biological gender usually change their minds later on.
“Sex is determined at conception by our DNA, stamped into every cell of our bodies,” she says in that video. “Human sexuality is binary. Either you have a normal Y chromosome and develop into a male, or you don’t and you will develop into a female.
“There are at least 6,500 genetic differences between men and women,” says Cretella. “Hormones and surgery cannot, and do not, change this.”
Cretella has called the transition-affirming movement that purports to help children nothing more than “institutionalized child abuse” that causes “untold psychological damage.”
“Sound ethics demand an immediate end to the use of pubertal suppression, cross-sex hormones, and sex reassignment surgeries in children and adolescent,” she has said.
There’s also evidence many children simply grow out of their feelings that they are the other gender. Western Sydney University professor of pediatrics John Whitehall has reportedly said that up to 90 per cent of transgender children simply change their minds by puberty.
Dr. Paul McHugh, a professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, has called gender surgery on children an experiment that he thinks society will come to “regret.”
“We’re doing experiments on these children,” said McHugh in a 2017 interview with LifeSiteNews.
“We should tell everybody this is an experimental procedure right now, and that experiment is not being done with controls. It’s not being done with clear statements to the parents that we can’t tell what the outcome’s going to be,” he said.
At the Visage Clinic, DuPéré is aware of the risk of women who have made themselves look like a man later changing their minds. Teenaged girls 14 to 16 years old need to have a parent’s consent to get a “top surgery”.
“There is a process involved for those young patients. Most have already seen pediatricians and/or pediatric psychotherapists/psychiatrists,” said DuPéré. “Many have been put on hormone-blockers and other hormones for several months or years.”
The plastic surgeon said he doesn’t offer the surgery lightly and will request an assessment if he feels any patient at any age is ambivalent in his or her feelings.
“I have been working with the LBGT community for over 17 years and none have asked me to revert to the previous gender,” he said.
Clearly, though, there are at least some trans folks who later regret going under the knife in their bid to make themselves look like the opposite sex.
Walt Heyer, a man who transitioned to live his life as a woman only to later change his mind, is one of them. He is now an outspoken critic of sex-reassignment surgery, called gender-confirmation surgery by the LGBTQ community.
Heyer points to the high suicide rate among the trans community even for those who have completed their transition and claims this is evidence sex-change operations are not a good treatment for these people.
“Today, there is still too much unhappiness and too many suicides because it’s not working,” said Heyer in a videotaped talk earlier this year. “It’s not effective. If the suicide rates were, in fact, dropping as a result of this, I would go silent. They haven’t changed.
“If there were any other medical treatment that had suicide rates of 40 and 50 per cent after the treatment, what do you think would happen to it?” he asked the audience. “It would end immediately. Not so with this because it’s political.”
Top surgery is not something that can be reversed, even if a woman later decides to live as a woman again.
“The scars of top surgery, especially for the double-incision technique, are significant (required for larger breasts) and the ‘new’ breasts, usually breast implants, would not be exactly the same as the breasts before,” said DuPéré.
“Having had top surgery may be associated with loss of nipple sensation … and then the inability to breast feed as the breast tissues were excised,” he said.
A female-to-male transgendered person who later decides to start living as a woman again might also face more difficulty in finding an understanding partner as she could not hide the old scars, said DuPéré.
Although the plastic surgeon said 99 per cent of his transgender patients are 18 years and older, he also acknowledged more and more young people are coming to see him.
“With the internet and the available information,” he said “More and more people come earlier in their lives, late teens, early-to-late 20s, compared to when I started my practice in 2001 when the group was older.”