History of Breast Implants and Breast
Landmarks in this endeavor - timeline style.
1890 - first surgical breast augmentation procedure was performed with
- This led to infections
- Lump formations in the breast
- By 1920s paraffin injections became out of favor for breast augmentation
1920 - Fat transplants were tried. Fatty tissue was surgically removed
from the belly and buttock areas and trasferred into the breast
- This was unsuccessful because the body would quickly reabsorb most of
the fat, leaving the breast lumpy and lopsided.
- By 1940s, this procedure was given up.
1960's - Silicone injections directly into the breast was tried
- Complications of chornic inflammation, infections, and lumps
- These complications caused this form of breast augmentation to fall out
1950s - Polyvinyl sponges started to be implanted into the breasts for
- Different types of synthetic sponges were also tried
- They were all found to shrink and harden within a year
- Infections occurred.
- There was a possible link between this type of breast augmentation
surgery and cancer
1961 - The first silicone breast implant was developed.
1982 - Silicone breast implants were withdrawn due to safety concerns
1988 - Dow Corning, one of the silicone breast implants largest manufacturer
settled a class action lawsuit for 3.2 billion for 170,000 women
1992 - Only saline-filled implants have been allowed in the American general
market for cosmetic breast augmentation. Silicone breast implants had been
available only to special pateints through FDA approved trials
1995 - Soybean Oil implants introduced
2001 Brava Breast Enhancement and Shaping System was introduced
- Bra-like device sourrounded with silicone that creates a vacuum over the
breasts that induce the breast to possibly grow about one cup size.
Must be worn 10 hours a day for several mouths to create a breast
augmentation effect. The idea here is an augmentation method without
implants. Haven't found any satisfied patients using this method of
breast enhancement (yet).
2006 - November, the FDA (USA) approves silicone breast implants again
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