Semin Plast Surg 2019; 33(04): 217-223
DOI: 10.1055/s-0039-1696985
Review Article
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The Evolution of Breast Implants

Christodoulos Kaoutzanis
1  Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Department of Surgery, University of Colorado, Aurora, Colorado
,
Julian Winocour
2  Department of Plastic Surgery, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, Tennessee
,
Jacob Unger
2  Department of Plastic Surgery, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, Tennessee
,
Allen Gabriel
3  Department of Plastic Surgery, Loma Linda University Medical Center, Loma Linda, California
,
G. Patrick Maxwell
2  Department of Plastic Surgery, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, Tennessee
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Publication History

Publication Date:
17 October 2019 (online)

Abstract

Breast augmentation remains one of the most commonly performed aesthetic procedures in the United States and worldwide. Throughout the last few decades, the implants used for this procedure have undergone significant advancements, which has allowed surgeons to provide safer and more aesthetically pleasing outcomes. This article discusses the history of breast implants since their invention in 1962. Particular emphasis is given to the evolution of silicone implants with its many challenges, which has resulted in the development of the currently used fourth- and fifth-generation devices. Knowledge of these advances will allow physicians to more critically evaluate their results, and also will encourage them to provide more up-to-date scientific data on these devices to further improve the clinical outcomes of their patients.