SANTA ANA (CBS) — An 83-year-old Santa Ana great-grandmother is making national headlines for getting breast implants.

Marie Kolstad, of Orange County, is the mother of four, the grandmother of 13 and great-grandmother to 12.

Last month, Kolstad decided she needed a little boost in her breasts. So she spent $8,000 for a three-hour procedure.

She figured her family wouldn’t approve, so she didn’t tell them about the surgery until a day before she was scheduled to go under the knife.

Kolstad is not unique. The New York Times reports that a growing segment of the population, namely seniors, is opting for age-defying plastic surgery like never before. And Kolstad told the newspaper that her doctor has patients even older than she.

One NY plastic surgeon said nearly ten percent of all procedures involve people over 65.

A fountain of youth, indeed. Apparently 83 is the new 38.

Kolstad, a property manager, told the Times that it wasn’t about lifting her boobs as much as it was about lifting her self-esteem. “It was more about looking in the mirror and liking who I am,” she said.

And she likes what she sees. “I just wanted nice ones,” she admitted.

Kolstad said she was always a 32A, but now boasts a 36C figure. She was unreachable at the moment for further comment — she is currently rocking a bikini on vacation in Hawaii.

Comments (68)
  1. Peter says:

    Cool!! When are you going to start doing granny porn? try to get octomom as your co-star.

  2. Charlie says:

    Is she single ? I’m avalable,

  3. Timothy McGarry says:

    I dunno, I’m thinkin’ the 8 grand would have been better spent on an assisted living facility. Granny’s marbles all rolled under the bed.

    1. Freemarket says:

      That’s the beauty of it. When you have 8 grand, you can spend it on assisted living, she chose to spend it on augmentation. See, you both get to do what you think best.

    2. Alice Ramirez says:

      You comment indicates you look down upon the elderly and are offensively stereotyping.

      She doesn’t sound as if she needs assisted living. She still works and maybe a younger appearance is advantageous in her property management job. Although I doubt that I’d spend $8000 for something an excellent $50 bra could solve when I’m her age, it’s her money and she can do with it as she pleases. All the more power to her.

  4. John says:

    Guts? It takes guts to age with grace, it is easy (if one has the money) to seek the easy way out and seek out plastic surgery in an attempt to look younger. An attempt which in the end is only vanity and conceit. Not to mention the poor example she sets for you and the rest of her descendants. Ultimately the blame lies with our culture that teaches such values. A culture that teaches the easy way out; that values contrived plastic beauty over reality. A true shame.

    1. Anon says:

      Oh, shut up already! No one gives a damn what you think. You’re a complete boor

      1. rufus levin says:

        sounds like someone hit a Democrat Progressive Loon’s hot button…..shut up is the new Ebonics term for “honkie”.

    2. Danielle says:

      Shame on YOU John.

    3. Roni says:

      Since your name is John, I’m assuming you are male. No offense but you have no right to judge a woman and what she does with her body. In my opinion, comments like yours are one of the reason many women have low self-esteem. I think it’s awesome that at her age she still wants to feel young and sexy. Really where is the harm in that. She is a cougar!!

      1. rufus levin says:

        anyone that CHOOSES to do so can FEEL young and sexy without surgery. Kinda like putting more chrome on an old car or spinners on a cheap vehicle…might make you THINK you look cool, but you are kidding your delusional self. Cougar is a newage name for pathetic old byche with no real life or morality. Belong in a zool

      2. rj says:

        tell us how you really feel rufus levin

    4. Bill says:


      That is nonsensical. One does not have to be a female to recognize a bad decision by a female just as someone doesn’t have to be male to criticize a male. As far as the low esteem BS, women are far more judgmental & catty of the appearance of other women then men are of women.

  5. Eliza says:

    When I first saw the headline, I was shocked. As I read into the article, I found myself kinda smiling FOR her decision. Plastic surgery is such a double edged sword, imo. It’s so easily available (if you can afford it), and it makes a person feel better about themselves. Nobody wants to look bad, old or unattractive. Some naturally age better than others. Any younger person who criticizes an older person having work done has yet to feel the emotional toil of sagging, flat breasts or a face that starts to resemble a melting candle. It’s easy to judge if you haven’t been there, especially if you’re a woman. I have no problem with people who want to do a little bit to help themselves feel better. I DO have a problem with the Heidi Montags and Joan Rivers of the world who don’t know when to stop though. But….good for this grandma. She obviously feels better about herself, whether it took some $ and some “plastic” to get there.

    1. PatricParamedic says:

      Eliza –

      Absolutely. Your sentiments are the same as mine were. My initial reaction was stupid.

  6. Georgette Mason says:

    Insulting language; poor reporting; disgraceful terminology in this entire article. This is not “cutesy”, this is “yellow journalism” in its lowest form. Shame on whomever hired you, and shame on your editor to have let this kind of trash-talk slide by. Shame. Have you no thesaurus or even a high-school education that would allow you to use less offensive phrases in an on-line publication? Disgusting; much more so than the content of the article itself which is nobody’s business but her own. Women have breasts, not “boobs” (a bird), and to refer to nipples as “headlights” went out with the pre-pubescent gigglers long ago.

    1. Nageur says:

      Great point. I agree Georgette.

    2. Will Campbell says:

      I too agree with Georgette. I have much more of an issue with the juvenile tone of this article (from someone with a degree from the TMZ school of journalism), than I do with its subject’s decision to get her breasts augmented.

    3. WGAF says:

      Who do you think gave the interview, morons? Now her face and a$$ sag lower than her b00bs.

    4. omg says:

      Stupid article about a granny who’s senile an wants two ewgly boostlies? journalism at its lowest form, get another job moron!

  7. Veronica says:

    seriously people! I agree with John. To think that an 83 year old woman would get C-cup implants is just gross! Honestly, at that age, they’re useless!! Just be a grandma, stop trying to deny reality- you’re time for sexiness had long since past. Have some dignity!

  8. igor doublebubblevich says:

    I paid $3500 for an x girlfriends here in the inland empire, lot cheaper here.

  9. J Alan says:

    Some Women just never give up the battle…even after years of losing the War.
    an 80 year old plastic surgery queen in a bikini….yuk….

  10. YourNeighbor says:

    Pictures or GTFO

    1. Erik says:

      Ditto! We should be able to judge for ourselves the end results. If it was money well spent or a great big waste! Before and after pics or GTFO!

  11. Bill says:

    Disgusting. Wasting money on an act of vanity at an age where you would hope someone has come to grips with the fact that we as human beings age.

    I have to wonder about the appalling lack of professional ethics of the plastic surgeon. In some ways this isn’t much different then the con artist scamsters who prey on the elderly selling them unnecessary home repairs.

  12. curious says:

    I’d like to see a (clothed) before and after.

  13. JL says:

    It’s her money and her life. Who are we to say what she can do with either?

  14. gramps says:

    Where did they install them? Her knees?

  15. markydocs says:

    Meanwhile, how much surgery has been done on the gal presenting the story? Looks like nose, cheekbones and breasts at a minimum.

  16. Lance Mannion says:

    This is sad but is anyone really surprised? Spending on a genuine medical need would be fine but blowing it on cosmetic surgery is disgusting. Start college funds for your grandkids if you have so much you’re looking for ways to blow it.

  17. Ranger01 says:

    Hey, if the headlights were belly level, that could be difficult to live with. As long as she spent her own money, who cares? Good for her.

  18. George Johnson says:

    Stupid women. They whine about guys caring too much about their breasts, but look at them! They’re more focused on tit size than guys are!

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  21. littleleers says:

    At 83, it may seem extreme to get breast implants, however, I empathize with this woman. So many “older” women these days are healthier and more physically active. We have given up the rocking chairs, the knitting, and the hair pulled back into a tight bun.

    I say more power to her. I am 60, very fit and active and have considered breast implants. As mentioned, most women my age and older only want to have something to put into our bras. I am not in the mood to be “busting” out with big ones. However, some parts of the body age more rapidly than others. It is possible to have few if any wrinkles but have shrinking deflating breasts.

    Plastic surgery should not be carried to extremes and too much can indicate psychological issues. Just take one look at Priscilla Presley. She looks like a wax figure from the wax museum.

    1. rufus levin says:

      Consider working on your MIND and INTELLECT with learning, instead of attempting to HIDE what nature has done to your body. If you have no power to think and dream, the body part is merely to try and make OTHERS think you are something YOU ARE NOT, and will NEVER BE AGAIN… drinking from a bottle to pretend you are a baby to get attention…..grow up and mature, lady. Your shallowness narcissism is showing.

  22. Aleina says:

    At least she is very lucky. Carol Ortiz Has Gigantic Breasts,Desperate for Reduction Surgery. But she has no money..

  23. Hose A says:

    kinda like a tennis ball in a tube sock?

  24. bela says:

    Just threw up in my mouth….bikini? ewwwww

  25. David L. Wrightsman says:

    Heck, it is her money, let her spend it as she likes as long as she is happy with the results.

  26. UrsusRexx says:

    …Until I read further, I thought Joseph Ratzinger, known criminal alias: ‘Benny-16’, (an obvious gang-monicker), had secretly hopped the papal jet, being temporarily in-between investigations & gone to L.A., home of the artificial nippie…
    Oh, Well…where would he have hidden such an enhancement anyway?
    Not under his ‘L.B.D.’ and other finery, that’s ‘fer sure’!

  27. Jack Kennedy says:

    good for her …… Always glad to see someone using their freedom to do as they wish and not as other people would like to dictate

    guess obama hasn’t taken all of our freedoms yet

    glad to see freedom at work

  28. marianne says:

    my comment early thursday morning was removed, why?

  29. Mother Green says:

    So much for aging graefully. I am sure she will be something to see with her bikini. UGGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  30. Richard Johnson says:

    Oh wow, what a surprise, she is from Southern California

  31. Bruce CL says:

    Her question:”You wanna see “em”?..
    .My answer: “Yes I do.”

  32. Jim Zimmer says:

    Come to think of it, I wouldn’t mind seeing a calendar of gorgeous, breast enhanced 80 pluses, bouncing around the beach in their bikinis.

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  34. pat says:

    That ok good for you. Your only as old as you feel, stay cool

  35. notviola says:

    Way to go, Granny!!!

  36. EL says:

    I’m a man, and I feel she should look good on her way out. It’s almost check out time anyway!!! God Bless Her. All the haters need to self-check NOOOWWW!

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