Breast augmentation remains one of the most popular of all plastic surgery procedures, but that doesn’t mean you’ve heard all there is to hear about implants. Here are some surprising and uncommon facts about breast augmentation.
1. The Idea of Breast Enhancement Surgery Dates Back to the 1800s
Breasts are synonymous with femininity and sex appeal, so it’s no surprise that women have found ways to enhance their breasts for centuries. In 1890, an Austrian doctor named Dr. Robert Gersuny decided to try to meet that market need with a surgical solution: injecting breasts with paraffin for the first breast enhancement surgery in history.
2. The First Silicone Implant Was Invented in 1961
The earliest versions of the implants we still use today were born in 1961, when two American surgeons designed a teardrop-shaped silicone gel breast implant to match the natural shape of breasts. Although the design and formulation of silicone implants has been continually refined and improved over the years, that 1961 prototype is still very much responsible for today’s modern implants.
3. During Recovery, One Implant Often Drops Faster
After breast augmentation surgery, many women are surprised to find that their implants typically settle into place at different rates. If you’re right-handed, your right implant will likely drop more slowly than the left (and vice-versa) due to the greater muscle development on your dominant side. This is very normal, and isn’t usually a cause for concern during early recovery.
4. Nursing Is Possible with Breast Implants
Many women are fearful that getting breast implants will inhibit their ability to breastfeed, but augmentation alone rarely affects a woman’s ability to nurse. The truth is, some women are simply not able to nurse successfully due for all kinds of different reasons, whether or not they have implants.