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Month: July 2012

50 Years of Breast Implants – Then & Now

Owners of breast implants rejoice! 2012 marks the 50th Anniversary of the first silicone implant procedure. Whether you have had breast augmentation or plan to look for a plastic surgeon, this is a landmark in plastic surgery history.

First performed in 1962 using a “Cronin-Gerow” implant, named after the Dow-Corning surgeons responsible for the invention, breast implants have since made great technological progress.

In the 1970s, the second generation of implants was developed and the implant gained a polyurethane shell that helped reduce the incidence of infection, and included a more realistic filler material.

In the 1980s, the implant received upgrades that paralleled progress in manufacturing technology. Tapered shapes and textured surfaces began common.

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