August 26, 2011

USA: Great-grandmother, 83, spends £5,000 on breast implants

LONDON, England / The Daily Mirror / News / August 26, 2011

Marie Kolstad (Pic: Stephanie Diani/The New York Times / Eyevine)

An 83-year-old great-grandmother has splashed out nearly £5,000 on breast implants.

Widower Marie Kolstad decided to plump for the three-hour breast augmentation op and has gone from a 32A to a 36C.

But she knew that her family wouldn't approve of the move and so didn't tell them until the day before her surgery.

The property manager has four children, 13 grandchildren, and 12 great-grandchildren, and said she went under the knife to improve her self-image.

She said: "Physically, I’m in good health, and I just feel like, why not take advantage of it?

“It’s something you dream about. I just wanted nice ones. I didn’t want anything outlandish or out of place. Now, they are firmer and rounder.

“My mother lived a long time, and I’m just taking it for granted that that will happen to me. And I want my children to be proud of what I look like.

“It was more about looking in the mirror and liking who I am. This seemed like a simple way to go and I didn’t think it was a big deal.”

Her story echoes a trend among older people to undergo cosmetic surgery, and the doctor who operated on her revealed he has other patients who are even older than Marie.

New York plastic surgeon Dr Norman Rowe said: “People say, just because my life age is 84, doesn’t mean I have to be happy or content looking 80.

“The whole population is getting older. People in their 40s and 50s are now in their 60s and 70s getting things done. Americans are ageing and their length of life is increasing.”

Marie has been given a new lease of life thanks to the implants, and is now showing off her new look in a bikini on holiday in Hawaii.

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