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Go-getter grandma uplifted by makeover
Boston Herald ^ | July 2 2002 | Gayle Fee and Laura Raposa

Posted on 07/02/2002 4:28:02 AM PDT by 2Trievers

At 82, Phyllis Porter of Lynnfield is one smokin' babe. And she should be. Porter had a face lift, breast implants, Botox injections, lip resculpting and a chemical peel - 7 1/2 hours and about $25,000 worth of surgery - to find the fountain of youth.
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``I think I look good,'' Porter told the Track. ``My husband likes the way I look and I don't care what other people think.''

Boston plastic surgeon Sheldon Sevinor did Porter's marathon makeover two years ago at the Mass. Eye & Ear Infirmary. They don't keep records but the Lynnfield grandmother may be the oldest patient to ever undergo such dramatic cosmetic surgery.

``What difference does it make if you're 2 or 82, if you want to do it you want to do it,'' Porter said. ``There was no point in waiting until I got any older - and I'm not getting any younger!''

Sevinor said he and Porter are scheduled to be on ``Good Morning America'' Monday to show off her new look to Diane Sawyer for a piece on ``Down-aging.''

Sevinor said he agreed to do the surgery on Porter because she's in excellent health and was able to tolerate the grueling day-long procedure.

``She's got great genes,'' he said. ``Her mom lived to be 105. And Phyllis has a great attitude. I don't see any objection to doing this at any age as long as health permits it.''

But Sevinor said Porter isn't some kind of nip-and-tuck phenomenon. The plastic surgeon says he's seeing lots more older patients in his practice.

``The recent trend in cosmetic surgery is patients in their 70s and 80s,'' he said. ``People are healthier and living longer than ever and society is reinterpreting the hallmarks of aging. Today 50 is more like 40 and 40 is more like 30.''

Sevinor said Porter, a retired nurse anesthetist, ``does more in a day than most 30 year olds.''

``She has a swimmer's body,'' he said. ``Very fit.''

The other day Porter waltzed into Sevinor's office in beige capris, a tank top and a big floppy hat - looking more like 52 than 82.

``The man across the street said `You look like a movie star,' '' Porter said, ``But I think he's prejudiced.''

Porter said recuperating from the surgery took a while but she knew that it would. She had had a facelift once before at age 56.

This time, in addition to the facelift, Sevinor did breast implants because Phyllis told him she was tired of looking at ``those two flat pancakes.'' She also had a chemical peel to erase wrinkles, collagen injections in her lips, Botox between her eyebrows and he repositioned facial fat to give her cheekbones.

``I had everything I could afford,'' she said.

Sevinor noted that the Botox and collagen have to be reinjected regularly because, after time, they wear out. But all in all he's quite pleased with the end result.

``The chemical peel is a big part of how I smoothed her face out,'' he said. ``A facelift won't take care of sun damage and age spots - and she had a lot of age spots.''

Which leads to the inevitable question: At 80, why bother?

``I never thought about how old I was,'' Porter said, ``I just wanted to look better.''

Amen, sister.



TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: plasticsurgery

These photos show Lynnfield grandmother Phyllis Porter, left, in June 2000 - just prior to undergoing major cosmetic surgery - and right, in January 2001, after the marathon procedure was completed.

1 posted on 07/02/2002 4:28:02 AM PDT by 2Trievers
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To: 2Trievers
The difference is amazing, I think I'd cry if my grandmother did this to herself.

Also, skin ages and no plastic surgery can ever hide the 'texture' skin get as people age...kinda like hair luster.

2 posted on 07/02/2002 4:30:44 AM PDT by HennepinPrisoner
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To: 2Trievers
it is just plain UNNATURAL for an 82 y.o. to look like that!
3 posted on 07/02/2002 4:32:39 AM PDT by xsmommy
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To: 2Trievers
Boston plastic surgeon Sheldon Sevinor did Porter's marathon makeover two years ago at the Mass. Eye & Ear Infirmary. They don't keep records but the Lynnfield grandmother may be the oldest patient to ever undergo such dramatic cosmetic surgery

Well, it won't be long before Cher becomes the world's oldest plastic person. And I bet it won't take much time at all for Ms.Porter's "youth" to collapse back on to itself. I wish her luck.

4 posted on 07/02/2002 4:40:01 AM PDT by NewHampshireDuo
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To: 2Trievers

Check these out!

5 posted on 07/02/2002 4:41:02 AM PDT by kcvl
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To: xsmommy
If you think that's bad...


6 posted on 07/02/2002 4:46:48 AM PDT by kcvl
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To: kcvl
Thanks kcvl ... if it makes her happy ... all the more power to her! &;-)
7 posted on 07/02/2002 4:47:24 AM PDT by 2Trievers
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To: kcvl
now was that absolutely necessary, so very early in the AM??? LOL!
8 posted on 07/02/2002 4:47:30 AM PDT by xsmommy
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To: LindaSOG
oh i certainly don't begrudge anyone doing it, more power to them. i just have a personal aversion to the idea of it, for myself only. who knows, when i am older i might feel differently!
10 posted on 07/02/2002 4:53:37 AM PDT by xsmommy
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To: kcvl
Geesh, please post some kind of warning before putting pictures like that in public view.
11 posted on 07/02/2002 5:02:13 AM PDT by tdadams
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To: tdadams
Sorry!
12 posted on 07/02/2002 5:05:05 AM PDT by kcvl
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To: 2Trievers; Cagey; SeeRushToldU_So; Argh; maxwell
Ok, I admit she looks great......but does she still have that "old person" smell?
13 posted on 07/02/2002 8:58:04 AM PDT by WhyisaTexasgirlinPA
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To: WhyisaTexasgirlinPA
Not being as OLD as some around here, I don't know what you mean by "old person smell". But I'm sure you can elucidate... :^)
14 posted on 07/02/2002 9:20:45 AM PDT by Argh
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To: Argh
A friend of mine used to say, "He smelled like a sack of Grandaddies"............ ugh.........lol
15 posted on 07/02/2002 9:30:42 AM PDT by WhyisaTexasgirlinPA
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To: WhyisaTexasgirlinPA
I was just teasin' you, Whyisa, I'm sure you hardly smell at all!
16 posted on 07/02/2002 9:32:49 AM PDT by Argh
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To: WhyisaTexasgirlinPA
...but does she still have that "old person" smell?

Yea. What's with that smell anyway? It's like an old book that's been in a damp basement for 10 years.

17 posted on 07/02/2002 9:45:42 AM PDT by Cagey
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To: Argh
You are in big trouble Mister!
18 posted on 07/02/2002 11:05:13 AM PDT by WhyisaTexasgirlinPA
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To: WhyisaTexasgirlinPA
Wud I do now? (innocent smile)
19 posted on 07/02/2002 11:06:20 AM PDT by Argh
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To: Cagey
Having spent most of my life without a basement, I wouldn't have known to associate that smell - but now, I know - and that is a great comparison Cagey.....yukky, but a close match!
20 posted on 07/02/2002 11:06:28 AM PDT by WhyisaTexasgirlinPA
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To: WhyisaTexasgirlinPA
By the way, Miss Tex, this appears to be the popular thread of the day, but I must warn you about the Miss Afghanistan link in one reply, you might lose your lunch!
21 posted on 07/02/2002 11:22:56 AM PDT by Argh
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To: Argh
Oh- unfortunately I did see Miss Afghanistan......... my eyes landed on the pits first and I just stared, then traveled lower and I was just, well.....amazed is all I can say........ But thanks for thinking of me.....I'll try to return the favor someday.......lol
22 posted on 07/02/2002 11:29:06 AM PDT by WhyisaTexasgirlinPA
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To: WhyisaTexasgirlinPA
I'll try to return the favor someday

No thanks, I've seen enough Hillary pictures around here to choke a horse...

23 posted on 07/02/2002 11:36:59 AM PDT by Argh
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To: grannie9
FYI ;-)
24 posted on 07/02/2002 11:37:18 AM PDT by habs4ever
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To: Argh
Ha! Yes, Hillary is just about the only one I can think of that would compete with Miss A.......unless you want to throw Helen Thomas in a bathing suit into that mix.........

Excuse me, I just made myself ill.............

25 posted on 07/02/2002 11:40:47 AM PDT by WhyisaTexasgirlinPA
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To: WhyisaTexasgirlinPA
Me too... Thanks for nuthin', Whyisa! :^)
26 posted on 07/02/2002 11:52:59 AM PDT by Argh
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