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Meet The First Woman To Get Silicone Implants

After learning that half of you would consider getting breast implants if the procedure were simple, I thought you might be interested in this profile (NSFW) of Timmie Jean Lindsey, the Texas woman who was the first to have breast implants. It's an interesting look into the history of cosmetic surgery, especially considering how little information this woman had compared to the women of today. The cynic in me suspects that Timmie was offered the chance to be a guinea pig because she was a poor high-school dropout working a low-paying job to take care of her six children—especially because she wasn't after a bigger bosom in the first place. Ironically, she thought her breasts were fine, but she disliked her ears; she agreed to be a guinea pig if her surgeon would "fix" her ears, too. Deal.

Although her surgeon assured her that silicone implants were "as harmless as water," 10 years after the operation, Timmie Jean's implants began to harden. Since then, she has also experienced shooting pains, rashes, chronic fatigue, and a tear in the shell of one implant. She says:

"I truly believe women should be free to choose. But, to be honest, there are times when I think I would like to have mine taken out. I started to get pain in the Eighties and sometimes it lasts for five to six weeks. It feels like I've broken a rib."

The story is a must-read for anyone who's interested in the history of plastic surgery, or who's considering going under the knife herself. No matter where you stand on the issue of breast augmentation, I think your heart will break a little for this woman.


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