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Strax Rejuvenation: History of Breast Implants

Breast augmentation surgery, commonly known as breast implant surgery, provides women with an option to change the size and shape of their breasts. Recent improvements in breast implant technology allow surgeons to perform breast augmentations that look and feel incredibly natural.

Breast augmentation techniques were not always so sophisticated, however. The first surgical breast augmentation was first performed 1890s, with surgeons injecting the breasts with paraffin. Paraffin did not create the desired visual effect and was found to cause harmful side effects. This treatment was no longer used by the 1920s.

Between the 1920s and the 1940s, breast augmentation surgery consisted of transplanting fat to the breasts from other areas of the body, such as the legs or buttocks. This procedure was abandoned during the 1940s since it often caused scarring at the fat removal sites and gave uneven or asymmetrical results in the breasts.

In the 1950s, doctors started to use solid sponges made of polyvinyl or other synthetic materials as breast implants during breast implant surgery. This was the first common use of a solid implant, rather than a liquid injection, for breast augmentation. Unfortunately, these implants could cause health issues and often shrunk and hardened to produce unsightly results.

The first use of silicone for breast augmentation was in the 1960s. Doctors first attempted to improve the look and feel of the breasts by injecting silicone directly into the tissue. Like previous techniques for breast augmentation, this was unsuccessful.

In 1961, the first silicone breast implant was developed. These implants contained silicone inside a rubber sac. This style is the basis for the types of breast implants available today. In the 1970s, silicone implants were changed to have thinner outer shells and thinner silicone gel inside. This meant that these implants were at high risk for rupturing or leaking silicone gel into the body. This leakage of silicone gel from breast implants can be dangerous to the health, and this type of implant was taken off the market by the FDA in the 1992.

From 1992, only saline implants were permitted. These implants were made of a silicone sac filled with sterile saline, which would not cause any health problems if the implant were to leak. Saline implants are still available today.

Two major technological advancements were made in order to reduce in leakage of silicone breast implants. First, specially-coated breast implant shells were made to reduce leakage of silicone gel. Breast implants were also filled with a thicker, semi-solid silicone gel that is less prone to leakage. The FDA re-approved silicone gel breast implants in 2006.

Originally, breast implants came in several standard sizes that were given to a variety of women. Today, there are hundreds of sizes and styles of breast implants. Modern breast implants are chosen to augment the bust to the desired size as well to fit and complement the shape of the breast and body.

Strax Rejuvenation has been offering elective surgical and non-surgical cosmetic procedures in Miami and the surrounding areas since 2004. For those looking for breast implants in Miami, Strax Rejuvenation offers a personalized experience with board certified Miami breast augmentation surgeons. The group nature of the practice allows the practice to cut costs, and in turn, to pass these discounts on to their patients. This is how Strax Rejuvenation offers high quality surgeries performed by qualified plastic surgeons at a very reasonable cost to the patient.

These Miami plastic surgeons have always dedicated themselves to providing high quality, affordable cosmetic surgery to the community. Recently, Strax Rejuvenation has teamed up with several charitable organizations and community groups in the Broward County. Together, they plan to raise funds to provide elective procedures to needy patients who cannot afford them. This program, called “Strax Gives Back”, will provide an eligible patient with the funds to cover this elective procedure.

Many patients benefit from increased confidence and better health after having procedures done at Strax Rejuvenation. Weight loss after surgeries such as Lap Band procedures can reduce the likelihood of severe health issues later in life, like diabetes, heart disease or high cholesterol. Elective surgeries can greatly increase a person’s happiness and confidence. This is especially true if they are struggling with a congenital condition or a feature about which they are very self conscious.

Strax Rejuvenation has always offered high quality surgical and non-surgical cosmetic procedures at affordable prices and with a variety of financing options. Now, Strax Rejuvenation is joining with community partners to provide free elective surgery each year to a patient who cannot afford the cost. 

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