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History of Breast Implants

The history of breast implants stretches back over a century, including a number of advances in surgical technique. Throughout the history of breast implants, doctors have attempted to balance aesthetics with safety.

Early Days of Breast Implants

During the earliest days of the history of breast implants, a number of different materials were used to augment the breasts. According to records, the history of breast implants involved the use of paraffin injected into the breast. Complications with this earliest attempt in the history of breast implants soon led to the use of glass and ivory balls, although infections were common throughout the early history of breast implants.

The Introduction of Silicone

Following World War II, Japanese prostitutes who were trying to attract American servicemen revolutionized the history of breast implants by having silicone injected into their breasts. Silicone is often considered crucial to the history of breast implants; it was both extremely appealing aesthetically and among the most debated materials in the history of breast implants. The early use of injected silicone caused a number of health problems, and the history of breast implants took a detour when injectable silicone was banned in the United States.

Modern Implants

The modern history of breast implants begins in 1962, with a silicone implant procedure. For the first time in the history of breast implants a silicone envelope filled with silicone gel was used in a breast augmentation. The checkered history of breast implants is full of advances and complications, but the new silicone implants changed the history of breast implants forever"�?they were wildly popular and the envelope design was the first one in the history of breast implants to provide a somewhat natural shape and feel.

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