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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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Jen-Erate Jen-Erate 6 years
I appreciate all the opinions here. I myself would never get implants but can't fault those women that do. i am about average when it comes to breast size, but I am completly happy with them as they are.
cravinsugar cravinsugar 8 years
My aunt's ruptured and the silicone pooled around her rib cage causing her extreme pain. At first docs wouldn't help her, but they sent her to surgery and SCRAPED this stuff off of her bones. disgusting.
M155-J4CK13 M155-J4CK13 8 years
I love it when women say "I did it for myself, not for a man" when rationalizing their choice to get breast implants. MEN perpetuate the idea that a woman's breasts are sexual objects and that bigger breasts are more sexually attractive. If breasts were not seen as sexual objects (just make believe for a minute), breast implants would not exist. It's all about being attractive to the opposite (or same) sex. And if you claim otherwise, let me ask you this: You pay out of your ass for an unnecessary life-risking surgery in which a doctor shoves a hunk of silicon under your skin, you are now subject to certain health risks, you potentially lose feeling in your nipples, potentially are unable to breastfeed, you must now have these implants changed every five years or so... And this is just so you can feel better when you stare at yourself naked? Oh. Okay then.
mabess mabess 8 years
I loved this story! More history lessons please, Bella!
brdwaystarlett brdwaystarlett 8 years
That poor woman! We should feel extremely fortunate to have the information we have today about such things.
veronicaraye veronicaraye 8 years
Oh my, what a brave girl. Those pains sound horrible though!
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 8 years
sorry but no, i dont feel sorry for someone who sells thier body for money.
hottpink hottpink 8 years
I have breast implants and I didn't make the decision for a man, I did it for myself and it was the best decision ever. :)
wthello wthello 8 years
Saline implants still come in silicone shells. What a sad story; it's sad how we're constantly exploited by the tastes of men, which are further perpetuated by the media. :(
tati33 tati33 8 years
Wow! I will send this to my friend who is considering getting implants. Even though these are of silicone & apparently now are made of saline, I'm still weary..
skinnyforme skinnyforme 8 years
WHOA..
hottpink hottpink 8 years
I read an article about a woman getting breast implants far before this woman. I will try and find the article for everyone.
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 8 years
Ewww wow! That's amazing, thanks for that. We need to know not only the good, but the bad as well.
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