Before 1962, the idea of padding your chest with plastic bags of silicone was unheard of. Great big hootie-hoos were gifts from God, not a plastic surgeon. Well, those days are long gone. Shake your boobies: It’s the 50th anniversary of breast implants! Whether you call it a breast augmentation or boob job, you’ve heard of them. Heck, you may have one!
Texan Timmie Jean Lindsey was the first implant recipient. Finally sharing her opinion in a public setting, at 80, she says she has no regrets, admitting that her implants have been hardened and calcified for several years.
Then and now: Ms. Lindsey also told the NY Daily News that she didn’t tell anyone about her implants for 20 years because nobody asked.
Wow. What a pre-Kardashian world that was.
The good news is that beyond Timmie Jean, Real Housewives like Kim Zolciak (above), and seemingly, most of Los Angeles, today the surgical options are amazing for women considering breast reconstruction or augmentation after a mastectomy, pregnancy or other disfiguring conditions.
Thank you, Timmie Jean. And, of course, her physician and implant co-inventor, Dr. Frank Gerow.
Political maneuvering aside, anniversaries like this one and related events force us to look at the options we take for granted.
Example A: The death on June 6 of Lesley Brown, 64, mother of the world’s first “test-tube” baby. I remember exactly where I was that day in 1978 when England announced the birth of little Louise Brown. The process had a long, scary name: in vitro fertilization. Ooooh – scientists in labs with beakers bubbling over and perverted quests for world domination must surely follow.
Think your opinion on such matters doesn’t count? No matter where you fall on these issues, you need to think again. Are you registered to vote? Good. Be sure to get ‘er done.