Free Cosmetic Surgery: Quest for New Breasts
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - 33-year-old Kim Lipscomb got good grades in cosmetology class today and she's blogging about it. She says, "It has absolutely nothing to do with breasts!" But her blog is on a site called MyFreeImplants.com.
Lipscomb, a mom of three, is soliciting donations for breast augmentation. She says it'll boost her self esteem. She needs about $5,000. She has $24. She says, "There are men and women that help us get to where we wanna go."
Members like Lipscomb don't meet their donors in real life. In fact, giving out a phone number or email address can get you kicked off the site. But co-founder Jay Moore says members and donors aren't strangers, either. "You're actively getting to know someone, chatting, messaging, reading their blogs, finding out why this is important to them, why they can't afford it," he says.
More than 1,000 women have raised enough money for surgery, four here in Charlotte. Once a woman reaches her goal, the site pays the board certified plastic surgeon of the woman's choice directly. "I like the fact that they only want the women to go to board certified plastic surgeons," says Dr. Victor Ferrari of Premier Plastic Surgery Center.
That's the beginning and end of Ferrari's praise for the free implants site. "They're preying on young women that need money and are willing to do a lot of things for it."
Including sharing risque photos. It takes members an average of six months to raise enough money for new breasts. Lipscomb, who calls the site, "Facebook for boobs," says once she reaches her goal, "I do fully intend to do a 'before and after' picture."