Marie Kolstad is your average 83-year old resident of Orange County, California with one exception, last month she underwent a breast augmentation surgery.

While Marie came out of the procedure unharmed without any medical complications, some of the media frenzy and public opinion that followed her decision was that of criticism and disapproval.

Despite the health risks involved, many people over the age of 65 are having cosmetic surgery. It’s becoming somewhat of a trend. Not to mention, the number of women getting breast implants, which has increased exponentially in the past decade, continues to grow.

When asked why she decided to proceed with the surgery, Marie responded,

“I want my children to be proud of what I look like. It’s a time in my life where I felt like I needed a change to make myself feel good. As you get older everything goes down, and you know, you have to look up. I saw kind of an old lady’s body [when I looked in the mirror] and I wanted to look a little younger, and feel a little younger, and feel good about myself.”

Marie was also asked how she felt about the chance of her dying during surgery, she replied, “I’d probably look good in my casket.”

When the New York Times ran the story, the public opinion was largely split on the issue. Many felt a woman of her age had no business undergoing a breast augmentation. “Why does she need bigger boobs?”, “What is she going to do with them? That is ridiculous.”, and “She’s too old.”, were just a few of the negative sentiments regarding Marie’s decision to go under the knife. Despite all of the negative feedback, there were those who encouraged the emerging trend. One woman responded, “If you’re an elderly woman who is healthy, financially set, and cleared by a physician to proceed with plastic surgery, then why not? Everyone wants to feel good about themselves.”

What to you think of Marie’s decision? How old is too old to get a boob job? Should age even matter?

Let us know what you think!

-Chelsey Wilkins

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