Pioneers in Plastic Surgery: Headliners

Susan Anderson

by Susan Anderson | September 20, 2012 @ 12:00PM

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Part 3 of 3

The third and final installment in our Pioneers in Plastic Surgery series highlights the people who made headlines. They all show bravery, some by chance and some by choice.


Timmie Jean Lindsey - First modern breast implants

Timmy Jean Lindsay first breast implantsAt the age of 30, Timmie Jean Lindsey’s chance encounter in 1962 with surgeons Dr. Frank Gerow and Dr. Thomas Cronin changed her life forever. Lindsey had met Dr. Cronin at Jefferson Davis Hospital in Houston after receiving dermabrasion treatments to remove unwanted tattoos on her breasts. Dr. Cronin asked Lindsay if she would like to be the recipient of experimental silicone breast implants. More concerned about her large ears, she bartered with Cronin who agreed to pin her ears for free if she agreed to the breast augmentation. Read more.        


Richard Norris - First Comprehensive Face Transplant

Richard Norris, first comprehensive face transplantA tragic gun accident stole the identity of Hillsville, Va resident Richard Norris in 1997. Having lost his lips, nose and partial function of his mouth, Norris had undergone multiple surgeries to attempt to rebuild his face. However, in March of 2012, physicians at the University of Maryland Medical Center in a 36-hour  surgery with a medical team of 150 doctors, nurses and staff, Norris received the first comprehensive face transplant. Soon after, the first photos of Norris’ transformation were revealed. He will need additional minor surgeries in the future to refine his new face and it is certain that his progress will continue to be followed.


Sarah Burger - Guiness Book of World Records for Most Cosmetic Surgeries

Sarah Burger Most Cosmetic SurgeriesSarah Burger’s quest to become a “Real Life Barbie” has landed the former Playboy model in the Guiness Book of World Records. Burger has undergone over 100 cosmetic surgeries and has spent around $850,000 on assorted rhinoplasty, buttock lift, breast enhancement, liposuction, tummy tuck, eyelid surgery and chin augmentation surgeries. In addition to her own desire for perfection, she also made headlines when she gifted her young daughter, Poppy, vouchers for plastic surgery.





Jocelyn Wildenstein - "Cat Woman"

Jocelyn Wildenstein When the wealthy New York socialite’s husband left her, Jocelyn Wildenstein began investing millions in plastic surgery to morph her appearance to resemble the exotic wild cats she adores. Nicknamed “Cat Woman” by the press, Wildenstein has had extensive facial surgeries including eye work, chin implant, breast implant, liposuction, brow lift, soft tissue fillers procedures. It is speculated that Wildenstein has started to have some of the cat-like procedures reversed after over 10 years of her Cat Woman reign.



Part One: The Doctors
Part Two: Famous Faces

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