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World’s First Ever Breast Augmentation Patient 50 Years Later

breast implants new yorkWhen Timmie Jean Lindsey walked into her doctor’s office in 1962, she had no idea she would be the first modern breast implant recipient. All she was interested in at the time was a tattoo removal. Yet now, fifty years later, her breast implants are still healthy, according to an article in The Guardian.

When Lindsey’s doctor first asked her if she would be interested in breast implants, she thought only of the basic and ineffective methods available at the time. As her doctor explained that this was a new, highly improved procedure, she grew more interested. When she heard that there would be no charge, she accepted, with one condition: that the surgeons also perform an otoplasty to adjust the angle of her ears.

Breast Implants Now America’s Most Popular Cosmetic Surgery

These first ever modern breast implants were conceived by Drs. Thomas Cronin and Thomas Biggs. The idea originated from the experience of carrying a blood donation after they switched from glass jars to plastic bags. It was noted that this new method of storage had a very similar nature to the female breast. A surgical research team began exploring different options, and settled on a configuration very similar to that used today.

Lindsey describes the situation in this way, “they asked me if I wanted implants, and I said: ‘Well, I don’t really know.’ The only thing I’d ever thought about changing was my ears. I told them I’d rather have my ears fixed than to have new breasts, and they said, well, they’d fix that too. So I said, OK.”

According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the breast augmentation procedure is now the most popular cosmetic surgery in the country, with more than 300,000 surgeries performed in 2010, beating out rhinoplasty, tummy tucks and liposuction. It is estimated that between 5-10 million women currently have breast implants throughout the world.

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