They were the chemical high of the 1960's.
They came without flashbacks and astral tripping yet were later to be put on trial for everything from joint pain to fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue.
Happy 50th birthday to the silicone breast.
Fifty years ago, Timmie Jean Lindsey, a factory worker from Texas was the first person to have silicone implants sewn underneath her pectoral muscles and so raise her from a B cup to a C cup.
Opportunity just knocked on the psyche of every dissatisfied double A cup woman in the world. And let's not forget those with tubular breasts, asymmetry and the need for reconstruction. Vanity thy name may be woman but is it so wrong to take advantage of science's leaps and mounds?
The recent PIP debacle in Europe where hundreds of thousands of women have discovered that their bodies are now filled with industrial silicone used to make mattresses rather than medical grade silicone has exposed the poorly regulated manufacturing side of the industry.
Do such surgeries go against the Hippocratic Oath? I believe that women have the right to choose their own destiny but should surgeons carve up healthy bodies to achieve an unchallenged image of the 'perfect' female form? Are we not just pandering to men? Or does it have more to do with advertising filled with impossibly cantilevered bosoms? All through history fashion has dictated the desired shape of a woman's body: now buttock implants are on the rise.
Surgical Pygmalions: friend or foe?
The Platonic ideal
for some women.
Monica Belluci - (natural)
Kelly Brook (natural)