A Brief History of Breast Implants and Augmentation

Wanting to change the shape or size of your breasts is not a new thing.

In fact, experimental (and disastrous) breast augmentations date back to 1889! We all know that throughout history different body types, hairstyles and clothing have gone in and out of fashion... but so too have breast sizes and shapes.

Let me share with you a brief history…

Breast Size Trends

The early 1900's started strong with large bosoms all the rage, but once the flapper style appeared during the 1920's we were back to extra small breasts being the fashion, with women often binding their breasts!

Once bullet bras came on trend in the 50's, large breasts were back with a vengeance! It was all about curves, curves, curves.

Since then, small boobies and big boobies have learned to co-exist. Some women prefer small boobs that stay out of the way (especially in the world of high fashion), and some prefer a more noticeable size. :-)

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What about breast augmentation history?

The first modern silicone breast augmentation took place in 1962, but it wasn’t until the 1980’s and 90's that breast implants themselves became a trend.

Silicone breast implants were actually banned in the US in the 1990s (except in trials) because of health fears, so saline breast implants were the only option for breast augmentation for a while.

Silicone came back on the market in 2006, and nowadays around three quarters of women opt for silicone breast implants. I however, am a saline girl. ;)

The breast implant world is your oyster!

We are now in the land of choice and opportunity.

Big breasts likely won't fall out of favor anytime soon, but in recent years there has been a trend for the smaller breast implant (a more modest enhancement).

All this talk about trends and styles may have your head spinning. Don't feel like you have to have large breasts after a breast augmentation, it's all about doing what's right for you on your totally awesome and unique journey.

Fashions come and go and at the end of the day you won't find real happiness in any glamour magazines. I’m pretty sure the most attractive thing a woman can be is confident, whatever size her breasts are.

Thoughts from Dr. Ben Wood

Breast implants have come a long way, for sure. We're fortunate now to have a wide variety of implant options, both saline and silicone, using the latest in implant technology.

There has definitely been a trend toward augmentation with smaller implants over the past few years, and it has been great for women to see that they can still have a very natural appearance after augmentation.