Breast Augmentation

The History of Breast Implants

The History of Breast Implants

The History of Breast Implants

1895

1895

Vincent Czerny performs the first breast augmentation surgery in Germany, placing fat from a woman’s hip into her breast to reconstruct the breast after a tumor had been removed.

1890s

1890s

Austrian surgeon Robert Gersuny begins injecting paraffin — a mixture of petroleum jelly and olive oil — into breasts. Paraffin came with serious side effects with some women having to have their breasts removed.

1910s-1940s

1910s-1940s

People tried a very wide range of breast implant materials, including beeswax, glass balls, ground rubber, sponges, soybean oil, goat’s milk and silk fabric.

1940s

1940s

Liquid silicone, sometimes mixed with cobra venom, is injected with disastrous results.

1962

1962

A dog named Esmeralda test drives the first silicone breast implants before Timmie Jean Lindsey becomes the first woman to get silicone breast implants.

1964

1964

A French company produces the first saline breast implants.

1992

1992

The FDA issues a moratorium on silicone breast implants and halts production due to possible health risks.

2006

2006

The FDA approves silicone gel-filled breast implants for the first time since 1992.

2013

2013

The FDA approves a new “gummy bear” breast implant that’s filled with a cohesive silicone gel.

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The History of Breast Implants
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The History of Breast Implants
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Tampa cosmetic surgeon Dr. Joseph Castellano provides an overview of the history of breast implants throughout the years.
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Castellano Cosmetic Surgery Center
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