Celebrating 50 Years of Silicone Breast Implants
Can you imagine being the very first woman ever to receive silicone breast implants? Timmie Jean Lindsey couldn’t picture it herself when she first visited plastic surgeon Dr. Frank Gerow to have tattoos removed from her breasts via dermabrasion. During a follow-up visit, Dr. Gerow suggested she try silicone breast implants, which were developed by he and plastic surgeon Dr. Thomas Cronin as a new technique for correcting sagging breasts. More concerned with the appearance of her ears than her breasts, Lindsey made a deal with Dr. Gerow to undergo the procedure if she could also receive cosmetic otoplasty (ear surgery). Lindsey became the first woman to receive silicone breast implants in 1962.