5 Plastic Surgery Records You Probably Don't Know

Anonymous_1 on 15 Apr 2011 at 3:00pm

For your education and preparation for your next trivia night, check out five World records in plastic surgery you should know...

1. First Plastic Surgery Performed

Although India was undertaking reconstructive surgery in 800 BC*, the first documented advanced plastic surgery was in 1917 -- a facial reconstruction. British Soldier Walter Yeo sustained terrible disfiguration after being wounded on a battleship, losing his upper and lower eyelids. Surgeon Sir Harold Gillies performed a skin graft. The surgery seemed to be worth it -- Walter returned to active duty after the surgery, at least for a while, until he received a medical discharge. 

2. Biggest Breast Implants

Sheyla Hershey biggest breast implantsSheyla Hershey biggest breast implants

A Brazilian-born Texas housewife held the distinction of largest breast implants ever. Sheyla Hershey went up to a 38KKK bra size (she had to go out of the country to get it). To her disappointment, she had to remove them in January 2011 due to infection. But she plans to reclaim her record after the infection heals (see video). 


3. Most Cosmetic Procedures (Barbie vs. Barbie)

Cindy Jackson most plastic surgerySarah Burge most plastic surgery

It’s debatable.

The official Guinness World Record holder is American Cindy Jackson (left), with over 52 procedures to date. But Britain’s “Real Life Barbie”, Sarah Burge (right), has had over 100 procedures and spent over £500,000. She has yet to be officially recognized, so we’ll let the ladies duke it out. At least they'll have good plastic surgeons to fix the damage!

4. Oldest Person to Have a Sex Change

Richard Ramsey oldest sex change Renee Ramsey oldest sex change

This distinction belongs to 77-year-old Renee Ramsey of New Jersey (born Richard). In 2009 she became the oldest recipient of gender reassignment surgery, transitioning to the gender she had felt since childhood.

5. Most Boob Jobs Performed by a Surgeon

Dr. Ted Eisenberg most breast augmentations

Congrats to Philly surgeon Dr. Ted Eisenberg, who holds the Guinness World Record for most breast augmentation surgeries performed in a lifetime -- nearly 3,500 [as of March]. Oh, and as a hobby, he’s taken up knife throwing.

Interesting fact: Dr Eisenberg doesn't meet the standards on RealSelf.com to participate in our expert plastic surgery Q&A.

Photo credits: (1) Wiki Commons (2) www.SheylaHershey.net (3) www.CindyJackson.Com, www.RealLifeBarbie.com (4) www.icpress.cn (5) www.worldamazingrecords.com 

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