History of Breast Augmentation
Dating back to at least 1865, breast implants have been employed to increase the size of women's breasts. The earliest recognized breast implant procedure took place in Germany, during which fat from a benign tumor was excised from a woman's back and inserted into her breast.
Over the course of history, the medical circle has increasingly toyed with implants of varying substances such as paraffin (wax-like material).
The first use of silicone as a breast implant is often attributed to Japanese prostitutes in the period following the Second World War who injected silicone directly into breast tissue.
Owing to the development of the first silicone breast prosthesis in 1961 by Houston plastic surgeons, Thomas Cronin and Frank Gerow with the Dow Corning Corporation, the first modern implant was used on a woman in 1962. The breast implant was fashioned out of gelatinous silicone gel enclosed by harder silicone rubber.