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Plastic surgeon sued over 'cocaine nose' photos

Published On: Jul 30 2014 03:13:23 PM CDT
Updated On: Jul 31 2014 10:04:29 AM CDT
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A woman is suing a plastic surgeon after he posted before and after photos of her facial reconstruction surgery on his website without her consent, labeling them "cocaine nose."

The Chicago Tribune reports that Sabrina Kropp claims Dr. Robert Walton took the photographs of her face in 2004 with the understanding that the images were for her medical records only, according to the lawsuit.

However, Kropp claims the doctor published the photos of her face on his practice's website without her consent, labeling them "cocaine nose."

"Cocaine nose" is listed on Walton’s website as a nasal reconstruction surgery that is described as "perforations of the septum, infection, loss of supporting cartilage, scarring and eventual collapse of the nose” that can occur after chronic cocaine use.

Kropp says seeing the photos published on the website caused her "to become distressed, shamed and embarrassed."

Walton, his practice, the University of Chicago Medical Center (where Walton was employed at the time Kropp was his patient) and the company that designed and developed Walton’s plastic surgery business website are all named as defendants in the lawsuit.

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