A Brief History on the Beginning of Breast Implants

Just about 50 years after the inventions of modern breast implants, breast augmentation has skyrocketed to becoming the most performed cosmetic surgery procedure in the United States.


Breast augmentations have been around for some time now. Back in the day, sponge and other similar materials were being used as breast implants. It wasn’t until just about 50 years ago that the breast implants we have today were being introduced.

In 1962, a pair of Texas doctors, Frank Gerow and Thomas Cronin, introduced the world to the first silicone breast implants. The first-ever human recipient was a Timmie Jean Lindsey, who again made headlines last year when she spoke at the 50th anniversary for silicone implants.

Three years later, a French surgeon, H.R. Arion, produced the first form of saline implant. Arion’s saltwater-filled implants gained popularity because they required smaller incisions than the silicone implants.

In the ‘70s, breast implants were mass-produced and several alternatives – like inflatable implants – tried to make it on the scene. However, it was the silicone and saline implants that continued to thrive.

The ‘80s brought new design changes to silicone and saline implants. Both received a new, softer external shell.

In the ‘90s, health concerns with silicone implants led to the United States’ FDA ban in January of 1992. This allowed for saline implants to gain extreme popularity.


Breast augmentation has seen a huge popularity boom. The number of procedures in the US shot from just over 100,000 in 1997 to over 316,000 in 2011.

Everything about breast augmentation has evolved dramatically since its early beginnings. Silicone gel implants are back and more popular than ever with the new FDA approval of silicone gel implants. Surgeries are minimally invasive and have been receiving great patient reviews. With various different options available to patients, women are more able than ever to achieve the exact look that they desire.

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