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It should seem no surprise that the first modern silicone breast implant operation occurred in Texas. Although the Japanese and even the Texan pioneers of these newer implants tried simple injections of various substances including silicone gel beforehand, they found inflammation and pain made these ill-advised.
The way Timmie Jean Lindsay was convinced into being the first patient for silicone breast implants is kinda amusing:
Earning £19 a week from her job at an electronics factory, she qualified for free treatment at a charity clinic, the Jefferson Davis Hospital, where a friendly young plastic surgeon, Canadian-born Frank Gerow, offered to remove the roses (a tattoo) with dermabrasion – a procedure in which the upper layers of the skin are removed.
A plastic surgery professor at Houston’s esteemed Baylor University medical school, Gerow worked at the clinic pro bono, using it as a training facility for his students and, as Timmie Jean soon would learn, a recruiting ground.
When she returned for a check-up in the autumn of 1961, male medical students joined him as he explained he had been working with a colleague, Dr Thomas Cronin, to develop an implant for women who had sagging breasts following multiple childbirths. He suggested Timmie Jean should be the test case, the first woman in the world to undergo this delicate procedure.
She had surgery in spring of 1962. She has had problems with capsular contracture, but has reportedly not had additional surgery to improve these symptoms.
John Di Saia MD
“If I see something sagging, bagging, and dragging, I’m going to nip it, suck it and tuck it. Why should I look like an old barn yard dog if I don’t have to?” and “It takes a lot of money to look this cheap.”
Source: Oprah Interview
Dolly Parton has been an entertaining celebrity known for her curves. Relatively recently she admitted to the world that she had breast implants although to most plastic surgeons that had been obvious for years.
In 2002, she told a European magazine that her first breast implant surgery was in the 1980s at which time she lost weight and didn’t like what it did to her bust. She has had them done roughly every ten years afterward most recently to downsize (mis-represented as a “reduction” online) due to pain. She was already known for her curvy figure before the surgery, but got increased attention as she increased her bust size further.
Ms Parton is an excellent example of a woman with larger implants over a thirty year period and the related need for “maintenance” operations over that time. Dolly is also uncommon as a celebrity in that she has been pretty forthcoming on the issue (at least over the recent years) which has likely helped younger women looking into cosmetic surgery with real world experience.
John Di Saia MD