Historical Timeline of Breast Implants

1910s-1940s

1910s-1940s

A wide range of breast implant materials were used to enlarge women’s breasts including beeswax, glass balls, ground rubber, polyurethane, cartilage, ivory and glass balls.

1950s-60s

1950s-60s

Sponges used for breast implants showed the most promise but were short lived as these types of implants lost volume and became rock hard only 1 year after surgery.

1962

1962

Timmie Jean Lindsey became the first woman to receive silicone implants in 1962. Saline implants were invented shortly after in 1964.

1992

1992

The FDA issued a moratorium on silicone breast implants due to rising health concerns spurred on by media and unfounded claims. Many manufacturers voluntarily stopped producing silicone implants until further testing was completed. In the meantime, saline implants were used.

2006

2006

The FDA approves silicone gel-filled breast implants for the first time since 1992 after numerous studies found no correlation to health problems and deemed them “safe and effective.”

Present Day

Present Day

Today’s breast augmentation options are safer and more effective than ever before. Women can choose from a multitude of aesthetic options as well as surgical techniques to achieve a more natural look.

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Historical Timeline of Breast Implants
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Historical Timeline of Breast Implants
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Curious about the history of breast implants? Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Scot Martin of Las Cruces, New Mexico offers a timeline about breast implants.
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Martin Plastic Surgery
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