In the early stages of breast implant procedures, various materials such as polyurethane, cartilage, ivory, glass balls and sponges were used to enlarge breasts.
Thomas Cronin and Frank Gerow developed the first silicone breast implants, and in 1962, Timmie Jean
Lindsey became the first woman to receive them. This breakthrough was closely followed by the
introduction of saline implants in 1964.
In 1976, the FDA enacted the Medical Devices Amendment, which gave it authority to review the safety
of new medical devices, including breast implants. This led to the second generation of silicone and
In 1982, the FDA proposed putting implants into a Class III category. This classification, which went into effect in 1988, meant that manufacturers had to prove implant safety by providing extensive scientific data for FDA evaluation.
In response to media sensationalism surrounding silicone implants, manufacturers voluntarily withdrew them from the market in the early 90s. In 1999, an independent committee of scientists released a 400- page report on the safety of silicone implants. In the meantime, women turned to saline implants for their breast augmentations.
Today’s breast implants deliver better results than ever before. Increasingly sophisticated surgical techniques combined with numerous aesthetic options and new advances in breast implants like the Ideal Implant®. Ideal implant is a saline-filled implant but utilizes an innovative design that can provide women with some of the benefits of silicone implants. It’s because of these advancements in breast implants that breast augmentation is the most popular cosmetic surgery procedure in the United States.