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'Granny's boob job': 83-year-old Santa Ana woman ignites debate

August 10, 2011 | 12:16 pm

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A Santa Ana woman is making national news after getting breast implants at age 83, unwittingly finding that her new breasts are now front and center to controversy.

It all started with a New York Times article about Marie Kolstad who, at 83, is a full-time property manager with a total of 25 grandchildren and great-grandchildren. But something wasn't quite right.

She put it this way: "Your breasts go in one direction and your brain goes in another." So she spent $8,000 on a boob job -- specifically a breast lift with implants.

"Physically, I'm in good health, and I just feel like, why not take advantage of it?" she told the newspaper, adding, "I want my children to be proud of what I look like."

The article went on to describe the increasing number of men and women turning to plastic surgery in their older years, and what that says about our culture. But the online world is taking the story in another direction.

"Granny's boob job shows rise of plastic surgery in seniors," said CBS.com, which picked up the story along with Time, ABC and other outlets. Over at ABC, commentators debated the merits, and safety, of such surgery. "It is one thing when a young, healthy woman wishes to undergo the danger of an operation and anesthesia for the sake of her vanity. It is quite another for an 83-year-old woman to do so," said one commenter. Over at ThirdAge.com, Kolstad was cheered on: "Can't take it with you ... go for it grandma!"

Efforts to reach Kolstad on Wednesday morning were unsuccessful, but we'll update this post if we hear from her. Perhaps she's out enjoying her new figure, and her grandkids and great-grandkids.

What do you think? Is 83 too darn old for the knife? Or should everyone just mind their own business?

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-- Rene Lynch
Twitter.com/renelynch

Photo: Breast implant. Credit: Associated Press

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