From The New York Daily News:
On the 50th anniversary of silicone breast implants, the first recipient said her experience has been a mixed bag — though mostly uplifting.
Great-grandma Timmie Jean Lindsey, 80, of Texas, said she wasn’t seeking the silicone enhancers when she received them from their inventor at a Houston hospital in 1962.
She found the surgeon because she wanted some rose tattoos removed from her chest, and he told her she was the perfect first candidate for his revolutionary self-contained spheres.
“I had never heard the term ‘guinea pig’ back then. I just thought it was privilege to have it done,” Lindsey, who was a divorced mother of six when she went under the knife, told the Daily News. “It wasn’t a big deal to me. I went from a B to a C cup. But it made men more aware of me. More men would whistle at me.”
Dr. Frank Gerow, her surgeon, later wrote up her case in medical journals, she said.
She said she feels fortunate she never experienced many of the side effects that plagued other recipients.
The implants never leaked or ruptured but have calcified a bit, she said, so she feels soreness if she does certain exercises that use her pectoral muscles. The surrounding breast tissue held them in place until they started to sag when she hit 70.
“Mine have hardened and calcified. So if I could do it again, I’d probably just go for a breast lift. That’s really all I needed,” she told The News.
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