School kids play with artificial breast on career day

Not every profession needs to be represented at school career day.

Nothing says sexy like a bag full of toxic material.

Nothing says sexy like a bag full of toxic material.

Parents in Henrico, Va., a suburb of Richmond, are upset a plastic surgeon let elementary school students feel a breast implant during his presentation, according to NBC affiliate WWBT.

“Career day sure isn’t what it once was,” said one parent.

You’d think some little boys are saying the same thing, but the kids said the local plastic surgeon attends career day every year and is very informative.

The plastic surgeon did not return the reporter’s phone calls.

Call me crazy, but maybe a dietitian would be a better influence on today’s kids than a man who believes most women need a bigger bra.

27 comments Add your comment


April 6th, 2011
11:15 am

George, you’re crazy.


April 6th, 2011
11:47 am

LOL! good stuff

Old Geezer

April 6th, 2011
11:49 am

You should see the presentation when it’s the gynecologist’s turn.


April 6th, 2011
11:56 am


Unfortunately, many people such as yourself see the ‘artificial breast’ as you call it as a symbol of vanity. Have you ever considered that a plastic surgeon uses these same implants on women who have had maesectomies? Did it ever occur to you that just maybe one of these kids’ mother maybe be suffering from breast cancer and would need the help of the doctor to feel ‘complete’ again?

George Mathis

April 6th, 2011
12:10 pm

Adam – Less than 20 percent of breast augmentation is for the reasons you allude to. And perhaps parents or therapists are more qualified to speak to children on the topic of family cancer than a plastic surgeon.

Old Geezer

April 6th, 2011
12:43 pm

It doesn’t matter what the reason is for the fake breasts, when you’ve got the implant in your hands all you can think about are womens’ breasts.


April 6th, 2011
12:57 pm

LOL!@Old Geezer…Just wait until a porn star shows up for career day, or better yet, just wait until she comes back for her implants!!!!

northbeach Scott

April 6th, 2011
12:58 pm

George, Adam called it out correctly as the whole concept of breast reconstruction was (and still is for many) even for breast cancer surviors was kind of a hush, hush deal. It is the ignorant attitudes that you are conveying that discourage a healthy discussion on this topic.

Since my wife has had breast cancer this year, we have been appalled at the increadibly poor reconstruction surgery treatment offered in Atlanta and downright dumbfounded at how poorly informed most of the other patients are about this remedy. Evidently Atlantans continue to try and present the old southern modesty front, even though it is more a cover for prudishness and abject ignorance.

Grow up and recognize that the other 80% modern women have a right to choose implants without your silly poo-pooing.

Andi G

April 6th, 2011
12:59 pm

George- I think the question the parents should be asking is who contacts these professionals to participate in career day? Does the teacher invite this Doctor back every year because he is very informative and the kids enjoy listening to him? Does the PTA contact this man to participate year after year? Maybe we should be calling the school to ask these questions instead of bothering the Doctor at work, who volunteers his time away from his practice to speak with these children.

northbeach Scott

April 6th, 2011
1:08 pm

Perhaps they could attract a newspaper reporter to talk the children about what it is like to work in a dying industry. I wonder what it feels like to be a dinosaur? Say wait a minute, dinosaurs, now that might be of interest to the students.

Another Angle

April 6th, 2011
1:19 pm

Plastic surgeons do a lot more than breast augmentations and nose jobs. My concern is that this particular surgeon is making that the main focus of his presentation. Instead of focusing on the good that plastic surgeons can do (fixing cleft palates, helping burn victims, etc) he is basically saying that his job is to make ugly people better looking. I can only assume that little girls were in this class as well, and at a very early age they hear that small breasts aren’t acceptable and carry this lesson with them into puberty. Young girls already have enough of society telling them that there is something wrong with them and they need to fix it with makeup, clothes, hair dye, diet pills, etc, now they have it on career day too?

My Two Cents

April 6th, 2011
1:23 pm

Amen, Another Angle!


April 6th, 2011
1:28 pm

I personally do not like breast implants done for mere augmentation. But you know what? We all pay for things we don’t need so that we can feel better.


April 6th, 2011
1:34 pm

it is a bag full of silicone, big deal


April 6th, 2011
1:39 pm

I would rather be a plastic surgeon than a firefigter, policeman, teacher, etc.

DDream big kids.

Cousin Teemus

April 6th, 2011
3:03 pm

I miss elementary school career day. I remember when that kid’s dad that worked for Miller brewing brought everyone a 6 pack of High Life.

Taffy Caffy

April 6th, 2011
4:43 pm

Oh big DEAL, a “dietitian” would have given the kids a banana to play with, and that has a LOT more possibilities for mis-use.


April 6th, 2011
6:54 pm

George I find this discussion to be quite titilatng.


April 6th, 2011
7:08 pm

Well unfortunately all the parents who had something negative to say, should have came to the school themselves and filled the slots. And I am quite sure that if a child in that class grows up to become a plastic surgeon, their parents won’t criticize because they’ll be too busy bragging about their son or daughter “The Doctor”.

Animal Control Officer

April 6th, 2011
9:09 pm

Small breasts aren’t acceptable.


April 6th, 2011
9:40 pm


You, and your ilk, are the types of “journalists” that have partially caused the catastrophic destruction of your profession. Interjecting your own snide, uninformed, off-base, and foolish remark completely led readers away from the story itself. Nobody cares about your opinion, George.

So I ask a question of you, George – are you a reporter, or a blogger?

If you’re a blogger, then I take back my previous comments, but I would then say that the AJC needs to classify you as such.

If you’re a journalist, then have some integrity and keep yourself out of the story.

C.M. Thornton, III

April 6th, 2011
10:00 pm

All the comment kind of backfired on ya, huh George?


April 6th, 2011
10:14 pm

its not like they were feeling up a woman with fake breasts, it was a sack of silicon. lighten up guys. its 2011. not newsworthy


April 6th, 2011
11:14 pm

Seriously? This is an issue? Like it or not, plastic surgery is still surgery and things like silicone implants are technology. With the growing gap in interest in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) careers, we REALLY want to discourage a working professional from sharing his job with kids? We need MORE professionals like these guys to interact with the future generations, otherwise we’re going to lose what little technical edge we’ve got left.


April 6th, 2011
11:14 pm

Bet this breast enhancer probably has an interest in the recent furor over little girls push up bikini tops. Get real. This is not news. It is no more than filler and very few people care about this trash. Like Charlie Sheen, take it out of the news and let it die.


April 8th, 2011
2:23 pm

The schools are so bad. The teachers have no sense and the administrators are looney……what DO YOU EXPECT when you hire people such as this to Babysit/educate your kids???


April 14th, 2011
4:16 pm

“Nothing says sexy like a bag full of toxic material.”

I assume the motivation for that catchy little caption for the photo was the silicone implant litigation from the early 90s. You really need to update your information a little better because it turned out the only thing toxic about that sorry episode was the feeding frenzy of a bunch of blood sucking attorneys. Epidemiological data collected and studied by the FDA on thousands of women revealed that the rates of illnesses said to be related to silicone breast implants WERE NO DIFFERENT than the general population. In other words, silicone implants do not and will not make you sick which is why they are now back on the market. Silicone is one of the most inert and resilient medical device materials on the planet. I know I sound like a lobbyist for the implant industry but I am not. Just a person who is irritated by a lingering myth.