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Breast Implants Through the Years

Strange fact: the first silicone breast implant patient was actually placed in a dog named Esmeralda. Her implants were placed under the skin and kept in place for a couple of weeks until she started to chew at the stitches and the implants were removed. That successful surgery paved the way for modern-day breast augmentation. Today, let’s take a walk through history and see just how far breast implants have come. The gorgeous, natural-looking implants you can have today are nothing like the implants women may have received 100 years ago.

The First Implants

Breast implants weren’t always made of silicone. Some early implant ideas included ivory, glass balls, animal cartilage, ground rubber, and polyester sponges. In the early 1950s, researchers even experimented with silicone injections into the breast with disastrous results. Women wanted bigger, more shapely breasts, but at the time, there just wasn’t a safe and effective option available.

The development of the first silicone implant in the early 1960s meant big changes for breast augmentation. Silicone implants felt surprisingly natural and were much safer and more effective than some of the alternatives previously available.

The first human recipient of the new silicone implants proudly wore her implants into her 80s (she received them at 29) without ever replacing those original implants.

Implants Today

Today, implants are safer than they’ve ever been. Women can choose from silicone implants and saline implants (silicone shell filled with saline). Every surgeon has their preferences and some implants may work better with different body types, but in general, these implant choices are both considered safe and effective.

Dr. Sajjadian works carefully and discusses the pros and cons of each implant choice with his breast augmentation patients. After a physical examination, he’ll be able to offer personalized recommendations for the type of implants that will work best for your goals. He’ll also discuss the risks and benefits of breast augmentation surgery.

Breast augmentation is one of the most popular cosmetic surgical procedures. Last year, approximately 286,000 breast augmentations were performed in the U.S. Dr. Sajjadian specializes is cosmetic breast surgery and nose surgery and has the skill and experience necessary for stunning, natural-look breast augmentation results.

Breast augmentation has come a long way in the last 100 years. We can achieve better results and today’s implants are safer than they’ve ever been. Call today and schedule your breast augmentation consultation with Dr. Sajjadian and learn a variety of options available to you.