While it may be hard to believe, silicone breast implants celebrated their 50th anniversary this year. Over the course of five decades there have been many discussions about breast implants, from the types of implant material used to the best place to position the implant. Because breast augmentation is so popular, a lot of time has been spent and research done to determine the best possible approach to breast enhancement, and the next fifty years will include much more progress.
Breast augmentation is one of the most popular cosmetic procedures. Women have been inquiring about breast augmentation since the late 1800’s, but it wasn’t until the 1960’s, with the development of the silicone breast implant, that breast augmentation took the form as we know it today.
While silicone breast implants have regained their popularity in recent years, there was a period of time during the 1980’s when the FDA limited access to silicone implants. Since then, research has proven that silicone implants are indeed safe; Silicone implants remain the choice of many women today.
The current state of breast augmentation allows women a variety of options when exploring breast enhancement. Saline implants are still available as well as silicone implants and the relatively new silicone cohesive gel implants. Fat grafting is currently being explored as an option for breast augmentation; offered as both a stand-alone procedure or to be paired with implants. In the 50 years since the silicone breast implant came to market, a lot has changed.
Thanks to the 50 years of research and development, breast augmentation procedures have achieved mainstream acceptance and are safer now then they have ever been. The plastic surgeons and implant companies continue to find safe, effective ways to provide women with breast implants, which not only look great but also act and feel as natural as possible. Today women can have the breasts they’ve always wanted with peace-of-mind.
With all of the exciting changes and improvements made in the past five decades, it makes one wonder what the next fifty years will bring. Only time will tell.