A Manhattan jury awarded $450,000 to a 23 year old woman this summer who underwent breast reduction surgery at the age of 16. The claim was that the plastic surgeon had placed the nipple areola complex too high up on the patient's breasts and tied the sutures so tightly that it caused bilateral nipple retraction. Plaintiff's plastic surgery expert explained to the jury that the aesthetic ideal is for the nipple areola complex to correspond to the upper third of the length of the humerous.
The jury awarded $250,000 to the plaintiff for her past pain and suffering which included compensation for three revision surgeries by another plastic surgeon to correct the deformities. The defendant plastic surgeon argued that the Judge should strike out the award for future damages for pain and suffering of $200,000 claiming that the three revision surgeries to correct the deformities he caused produced an "excellent cosmetic result". Jane Doe v Dr. Wu, 2017 WL 3891773