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Breast Augmentation

The History of Breast Implants

As long as breasts have been around, women have tried various ways to enhance them. Surgical breast augmentation is a very modern invention when looking at the history of breast implants in context. How did we arrive at the advanced implants and surgical techniques that we use today?

The Power of Innovation

It’s hard to say exactly when the surgical approach to increase breast size really started. Many records show a variety of failed attempts from various doctors throughout the 19th century. Doctors tried all kinds of things to boost women’s profiles, including balls made of glass or ivory, sponges, ground rubber and even paraffin injections delivered directly to the breast tissue. Needless to say, most of these ideas ended in disaster.

In the 1940s, Japanese prostitutes started the practice of injecting silicone directly into their breasts to better attract American GIs during WWII. Although this technique, like other early augmentation attempts, did not bring about positive results, it did spark an idea across the ocean. In the 1960s, two surgeons in Texas manufactured the first silicone breast implant, and saline implants followed shortly thereafter. The rest, as they say, is history.

Modern options for Beverly Hills women considering breast augmentation continue to improve. Today we have silicone and saline implants in a variety of sizes and profiles to deliver just about any level of enhancement you could imagine. And, of course, every single one of them feels and looks exponentially better than ivory balls ever could.

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