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History Of Breast Augmentation

Author : Jennifer Stone

Breast augmentation is not a very recent development; in fact, it can be traced back to the late 19th century when the first breast implants were used to augment a woman's breast surgically. The operation was done to increase the size/volume, enhance the feel (tact) and modify the shape (contour) of the breasts.

Back in 1895, the earliest breast implant was done by surgeon Vincenz Czerny, when he had removed a tumor from the breast and had fixed its asymmetry with the patient's adipose tissue. 1889 saw the disastrous use of paraffin injections in the surgery, experimented by Robert Gersuny. Beginning with the first half of 20th century, other materials were used as breast implant fillers like ox cartilage, polyethylene chips or tape or foam, ground rubber, glass balls, ivory or Teflon-silicone prostheses.

In 1945-1950, flap-based augmentations were performed by Morton I Berson and Jacques Maliniac, which included the usage of patient's chest wall tissue to fill the volume of the breast. The 1950s-60s saw the usage of synthetic breast fillers like silicone injections. After the WW II, the Japanese prostitutes trying to lure American servicemen brought a big revolution as they got silicone injected in their breast. Silicone is one of the most aesthetically appealing and most debated materials in the history of breast augmentation and its early use by some 50,000 women saw the disastrous development of hardened breasts and silicone granulomas which had to be treated by mastectomy. This detour of silicone breast implants made it banned in the Unites States. The modern silicone implants came in 1962 with the implant procedure where silicone gel was used and the envelope design was a rage in the history of implants as it gave a natural shape and feel.
The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) collects information annually on plastic surgery procedures performed by its members and the current estimation of women who have had breast implants is approx. more than 6 million. But some suggest that implants are man-made products and are bound to destroy at some point of time. The implants may leak or rupture and so they may be removed or due to mal-position, damage during the surgery and replacement. The FDA report includes complications like implant rupture, wrinkling symmetry, pain and infection, but the biggest reason for implant removal is something called capsular contracture or the hardening or tightening of the scar tissue around the implant. One can watch top medical videos online to know about the complications that can take place with breast augmentation surgery.
Currently available devices in the United States are saline- or silicone-filled implants with either textured or smooth surfaces.

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Breast augmentation denotes surgical and non-surgical mammoplasty procedures to alter and correct the size, form, and feel of a woman’s breasts. Find out about Breast augmentation and other top medical videosfrom our website.

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