The History of Breast Implants
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.
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.
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.
Liquid silicone, sometimes mixed with cobra venom, is injected with disastrous results.
A dog named Esmeralda test drives the first silicone breast implants before Timmie Jean Lindsey becomes the first woman to get silicone breast implants.
A French company produces the first saline breast implants.
The FDA issues a moratorium on silicone breast implants and halts production due to possible health risks.
The FDA approves silicone gel-filled breast implants for the first time since 1992.
The FDA approves a new “gummy bear” breast implant that’s filled with a cohesive silicone gel.