History Of Breast Augmentations Orlando
A breast implant is a prosthesis used to alter the size and shape of a woman’s breasts. Most commonly, a breast implant is used for cosmetic purposes to add shape and volume to the breast. It is also used for reconstructive purposes, to restore the appearance of one or both breasts following a mastectomy.
Orlando plastic surgeon Dr. Brian Joseph is known for exceptional surgical results. His reputation is built on a combination of flawless skills and a genuine interest in providing his patients with high-quality personal care.
The history of breast augmentation dates back more than a century. During the early days of breast implants, a variety of materials were used to enhance the shape of a woman’s breast. Paraffin was often injected into the breast, yet complications of this method led to the introduction of glass and ivory balls.
The Introduction of Silicone
After World War II, breast implants were revolutionized with the use of silicone. Japanese prostitutes tried to attract American servicemen by having silicone injected into their breasts. Silicone is considered the turning point in breast augmentation history. For the first time ever, a silicone envelope filled with silicone gel was used in breast augmentation procedures. The silicone material is as natural feeling as it is aesthetically pleasing. The early silicone injections caused health problems, but as the procedure became more advanced, these side effects began to dwindle.
Another type of breast implants that used saline or salt water was introduced in 1965. Although saline produced a dense and less natural look compared to silicone implants, they were still widely used. In the 1970s, companies began to mass produce saline implants, including double lumen implants. Double lumen implants had two chambers: a silicone gel interior chamber surrounded by a saline outer chamber.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) did not consider breast implants “safe” until it passed the 1976 Medical Devices Act. But it was not until 1988 that the FDA required breast implant manufacturers to complete pre-market approval applications complete with scientific research to prove that their products were safe for public use.
In 1992, the FDA restricted silicone implants, only allowing their use for reconstructive purposes and prohibiting their use for enhancement purposes. Then in 2006, the FDA re-approved the use of silicone breast implants, provided that follow-up studies for their safety and effectiveness are conducted.
If you would like to enhance the size of your breasts and you live in the Orlando, Florida area, please contact board-certified Orlando plastic surgeon Dr. Brian Joseph and his staff at Park Avenue Plastic Surgery to arrange your initial consultation.