It is over 50 years since the first breast enlargement using silicone implants. Today it rates as the second-most popular form of cosmetic surgery worldwide, undergone by 1.5 million women in 2010.
It began in spring 1962 when Timmie Jean Lindsey, a mother-of-six lay down on the operating table at Jefferson Davis hospital in Houston, Texas.
The surgeons were two ambitious pioneers, Frank Gerow and Thomas Cronin. It was Gerow who had first come up with the plan for a new kind of breast implant.
“Frank Gerow squeezed a plastic blood bag and remarked how much it felt like a woman’s breast,” says Teresa Riordan, author of Inventing Beauty: A History of the Innovations that have Made Us Beautiful.
The significance began to hit home when Cronin presented the work at the International Society of Plastic Surgeons in Washington DC in 1963. The plastic surgery world was absolutely set on fire with enthusiasm. In the early days, we only had four choices or sizes – large, medium, small and petite. Now we have over 450 choices. Breast augmentation is not only used by women who want to perfect their body shape but also by patients who have undergone mastectomy as a result of breast cancer.
Basic overview of the breast augmentation procedure
Once anesthesia has taken effect, your plastic surgeon will make an incision to create a space within your breast tissues for each breast implant.
You will discuss your incision options with your doctor before your surgery. The breast implants will then be placed and positioned for optimal appearance and symmetry.
After your surgeon compares both breasts to ensure proper implant placement, he/she will close the incisions—usually with stitches, or sutures, in combination with surgical tape or glue. You will see instant results in your breast size after your procedure, and the incision(s) will heal and fade with time.
There are three common incision sites used during breast implant surgery.
Inframammary: the most common incision, made under your breast at the crease where the breast meets the body
Periareolar: the incision is made around the nipple
Transaxillary: the incision is made in the armpit, which gives the surgeon easier access to the chest muscle
Breast augmentation is most frequently performed on an outpatient basis in a hospital operating room, surgery center or surgical suite. On certain cases, your plastic surgeon may recommend an approach that involves an overnight stay at the hospital. on average breast augmentation surgery lasts one to two hours. General anesthesia is commonly used, but local anesthesia is an option. Discuss the most appropriate choice of anesthesia with your doctor. Many women are able to return to work within just a few days. But it’s best to avoid any strenuous activities that could raise your pulse and blood pressure for a couple of weeks.
Dr. Richard Chaffoo has many exceptional credentials. He completed 3 postgraduate surgery fellowships that encompassed 9 years of training at the prestigious Stanford University Medical Center and UCSD Medical Center. He is one of a select few triple board-certified plastic surgeons having attained certification by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, American Board of Otolaryngology, and American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Dr. Chaffoo has also been awarded Top Plastic Surgeon by Castle Connolly, an honor bestowed upon only 5% of plastic surgeons in the U.S. by his professional colleagues. Additionally, Aesthetic Everything® named Dr. Chaffoo the top hair restoration surgeon in 2016 and honored him as one of the Top 10 leading facial plastic surgeons in the West in 2015.