Silicone breast implants bust out for 50th anniversary

Although they don’t look a day over 20, silicone breast implants celebrate the big five-o this year. They’ve had their ups and downs, even bouncing back from scandal, but the 50-year-old implants have always had a support system in Las Vegas.

According to local plastic surgeon Jeffrey Roth, Las Vegas consistently ranks in the top five cities as far as most breast enhancement surgeries performed per capita. New York, Los Angeles, Dallas and Miami also regularly make the list.

"It’s part of the glitz and glamour that is Las Vegas, which is different than in other cities," the doctor says. "For a lot of people, it’s part of their currency."

While many of his patients express a desire to have breasts like reality show personality Kendra Wilkinson, he also gets requests for former "PeepShow" star Holly Madison’s and the much more modest-sized cups of Jennifer Aniston.

Before them, Pamela Anderson and her slow-mo swimsuit jog in the opening sequence of "Baywatch" was credited for a surge in breast implant surgeries in the mid-’90s.

But one of the original figures influencing women to go under the knife for what was then a new procedure was burlesque dancer Tempest Storm. The regular Las Vegas performer had 44DD cups, which were as much her trademark as her fiery red hair in the ’60s.

Men responded to her. And women noticed.

Although burlesque performers were once a Vegas mainstay, silicone-pumped strippers have since replaced them.

That said, the dancer that’s become symbolic of the city is the showgirl, although "Jubilee!" is the only show left to feature them. With their preferred body type being long and lean, implants were "absolutely a rarity" backstage, according to former showgirl Lou Anne Harrison Chessik.

Chessik danced from ’79 to ’91 in shows such as "Hallelujah Hollywood" and "Into the Night" and still remembers the first silicone implants she saw. They stood out, she says, because they were so defined and unlike the other girls’ breasts.

One dancer in particular had the silicone injected (a method first used by Japanese prostitutes in the ’40s to attract American soldiers).

"When she got older, her body started to fight against the silicone. She had to have it scraped out," recalls Chessik of her former peer. "So, we were all kind of horrified about that."

In time, silicone implants caused the same fears. Following lawsuits claiming their leakage was leading to certain autoimmune diseases, the Food and Drug Administration called for a moratorium on the distribution and surgery of silicone implants in 1992.

They didn’t return until 2006, after studies found no connection between the implants and autoimmune diseases. So not to cause other health problems, however, the new silicone implants consisted of a cohesive gel that wouldn’t stick to tissue if leakage occurred.

But in the 14 years they were away, saline implants took over the market. Silicone manufacturers felt the loss, financially, and patients’ significant others felt the difference, literally.

"Saline feels like a water balloon. Silicone feels more like your own breast tissue," says Dr. George Alexander, local plastic surgeon and president of the Clark County Medical Society.

He’s been working in the field close to 20 years and stopped counting the number of breast surgeries he performed after reaching 3,000 six years ago. Alexander estimates 75 percent of his breast augmentations are silicone, which run on the higher end of his $5,000 to $7,000 range for implants. Saline ones are on the lower end.

His typical patient is a mother whose breasts have changed after pregnancies and breast-feeding. "They want to feel better and look better in clothes," he says.

Alexander has also seen trends come and go, with the most recent one veering toward a more natural look.

Overdone double D’s are out. Cases in point, actress Kate Hudson and fashion maven Nicole Richie. Both had breast enhancement surgeries in the past two years, but didn’t go bigger than what appear to be small C’s.

Still, other sizes are just as appreciated among the masses.

The large C’s of swimsuit model Kate Upton had quite the year in 2012, appearing on magazine covers and in YouTube videos clad in bikinis built for pre-puberty breasts. Hers are natural but could have very well inspired some women to start a silicone savings account.

Locally, Coco of the reality show "Ice Loves Coco," has recently replaced Madison in "PeepShow." Her breasts are surely implants and represent yet another size preference, one that could cause imminent back problems.

Regardless of what future implant trends and inspirations may be, Alexander will continue his practice of consulting with patients to ensure they want the surgery to benefit themselves, not outside sources.

"From a cosmetic and reconstructive standpoint," he says, "it has empowered women, which is why we want to make sure they’re doing it for the right reasons."

Contact Xazmin Garza at xgarza@reviewjournal.com or 702-383-0477. Follow her on Twitter @startswithanx.

ad-high_impact_4
Life
Life and times of a 90-year-old horse player
Leo Polito of Las Vegas describes meeting legendary jockey and trainer Johnny Longden on the beach at Del Mar. Mike Brunker/Las Vegas Review-Journal.
Learning the history of singing bowls
Presentation at Summerlin Library teaches residents about the history of singing bowls (Mia Sims/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Learning live-saving techniques in Stop the Bleed class
Leslie Shaffer, an AMR paramedic, shows how to control bleeding during a Stop the Bleed course at the Summerlin Library. The class is designed to teach anyone how to control and stop life-threatening bleeding. (Mia Sims/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Vicki Richardson speaks about on the power of art
Artist and arts advocate Vicki Richardson talks about the power of art to inspire and challenge. (John Przybys/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
DressCoders pairs tech with haute couture
DressCoders is a startup focused on haute couture garments. The company uses illuminated thread that is washable and can be sewn right into the fabric. (Mat Luschek/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
CES 2019: Brava infrared oven
In cooking with the Brava infrared oven,there’s no preheating. the bulbs can reach 500 degrees in less than a second. (Heidi Knapp Rinella/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Sinks Merge Style And Utility
Study could determine cause of Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s diseases
Dr. Aaron Ritter, director of clinical trials at the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health, discusses his research on how inflammation in the brain impacts Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases. (Jessie Bekker/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Holocaust survivors talk about tragedy and friendship
Janos Strauss and Alexander Kuechel share their perspectives on life. (John Przybys/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
'Siegel Cares' Santa delivers toys to kids at Siegel Suites in Las Vegas
Siegel Cares, the charitable wing of The Siegel Group, delivered toys to families at their apartment complexes in Las Vegas. (K.M. Cannon/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Revisiting “Christ the King” sculpture
A longtime admirer of the sculpture at Christ the King Catholic Community in Las Vegas shares her perspective. (Bizuayehu Tesfaye/Las Vegas Review-Journal @bizutesfaye)
Henderson couple adds another school to their generosity
Bob and Sandy Ellis of Henderson, who donate to several Clark County School District schools, have added Matt Kelly Elementary in Las Vegas to their list of schools where every student gets new shoes, socks and a toy. (K.M. Cannon/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Terry Fator Christmas House
Arguably better than a hotel holiday display, is Terry and Angie Fator's home located in southwest Las Vegas.
UNLV Winter Graduation Packs Thomas & Mack
UNLV's 55th winter commencement ceremony included approximately 2,146 undergraduate and graduate students who recently completed their studies. (Benjamin Hager/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Build-A-Bear comes to Reed Elementary School
Students participated in a Build-A-Bear-Workshop at Doris Reed Elementary School in Las Vegas, Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018.
Rev. Father Seraphim Ramos talks about Greek Orthodox icons during an interview with the LVRJ
Rev. Father Seraphim Ramos talks about Greek Orthodox icons during an interview with the Las Vegas Review-Journal at St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church. Bizuayehu Tesfaye/Las Vegas Review-Journal @bizutesfaye
Masjid Ibrahim Islamic Center art depicts names of God
Masjid Ibrahim Islamic Center founder Sharaf Haseebullah talks about new diamond-shaped art panels featuring some of the 99 names of Allah at the main entrance the Las Vegas mosque. (K.M. Cannon/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Holiday poultry with Tim and Chemaine Jensen of Village Meat & Wine
Tim and Chemaine Jensen of Village Meat & Wine explain the different types of poultry available for the holidays. (Heidi Knapp Rinella/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Catholic Charities hosts early Christmas meal
Students from the Bishop Gorman High School football and cheerleader team helped to serve food at the Christmas meal sponsored by the Frank and Victoria Fertitta Foundation at Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada on Sunday. (Rachel Aston/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Incarcerated Christmas
This is the fourth year HOPE for Prisoners has worked with the Nevada Department of Corrections to create a Christmas for prisoners to visit their families. (Rachel Aston/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
2018 Homeless Vigil
Straight From The Streets holds its 23rd annual vigil to remember the 179 homeless individuals who died in Clark County this year.
Getting through the Holiday blues
Psychologist Whitney Owens offers advice on keeping your mental health in check during the Holiday season in Henderson, Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018. (Caroline Brehman/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Operation Homefront Holiday Meals for Military
Operation Homefront Holiday Meals for Military program gave meal kits to 200 families at Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10047 in Las Vegas Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2018. It all started with a chance encounter in a supermarket in Utica, N.Y., near Fort Drum. A soldier, his wife and infant had a handful of grocery items they couldn't afford. A Beam Suntory employee picked up the $12 cost for the groceries. The program has grown from providing 500 meal kits to military families in 2009 to providing more than 7,000 nationally this holiday season.K.M. Cannon Las Vegas Review-Journal @KMCannonPhoto
An elegant Tea Party for substance abuse and homeless women
An elegant Tea Party for substance abuse and homeless women at WestCare Women Children Campus in Las Vegas. Bizuayehu Tesfaye/Las Vegas Review-Journal @bizutesfaye
Former 51s manager Wally Backman chats about new job
Former Las Vegas 51s manager Wally Backman talks about his new job with the independent league Long Island Ducks during the Baseball Winter Meetings in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Dec. 10, 2018. (Ron Kantowski/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Inside the kitchen at Springs Preserve
The staff of Divine Events do party preparation in the kitchen at Divine Cafe at Springs Preserve. With nine parties the following day, this is a particularly busy time for the crew. (Heidi Knapp Rinella/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Pearl Harbor survivor Edward Hall talks about his memories of Dec. 7, 1941
U.S. Army Corps Edward Hall, a 95-year-old survivor of Pearl Harbor talks about his memories of that horrific day. Bizuayehu Tesfaye/Las Vegas Review-Journal @bizutesfaye
Roy Choi on cooking for Park MGM employees
As he prepares to open his new restaurant Best Friend later this month at Park MGM, celebrity chef Roy Choi took the time to cook for the resort’s employees Tuesday. (Al Mancini/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Best Friend Menu Reveal Wednesday
Chef Roy Choi tells us what to expect from Wednesday’s Facebook Live Menu Reveal for his new Park MGM restaurant Best Friend. (Al Mancini/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Las Vegas Great Santa Run
People participated in the 14th annual Las Vegas Great Santa Run which raises cubs for Opportunity Village.
TOP NEWS
News Headlines
Home Front Page Footer Listing
Circular
You May Like

You May Like