Women now have the option of what breast size they want. They no longer have to live with the size that they were born with. Although the first breast augmentations can be traced back to the end of the 1800's, the battle for bigger breasts has been a long one for the medical professionals. Many attempts have been unsuccessful and many women have been left with serious medical issues as a result of breast augmentations gone wrong.
The first type of breast augmentation began in the 1890's with injections of paraffin. This type of breast augmentation led to serious medical complications including infections, hardening of the breasts, and lumps. Soon, this type of medical procedure was replaced wholly by another unsuccessful attempt.
To many it seems that you should logically be able to move some of the fat from your own body from one place to another. However, in reality things don't work that way and neither did the next form of breast augmentation developed in the 1920's.
This medical procedure took fat from other areas of your body and injected it into the breast in replace of the paraffin. Yet, the fat was reabsorbed into the body and left women with a lumpy, uneven chest. This form of augmentation was also abandoned and by the 1940's was extinct.
During World War II many Japanese prostitutes began their attempts at gaining larger breasts. The breast augmentation procedure they endured was silicone shots. As we know now, silicone can cause a number of medical problems. However, by the 1960's this procedure was adopted by many topless dancers in Vegas and San Francisco. It wasn't long before complications popped up including infection, organ damage, and tumors.
The first modern breast augmentations to use silicone implants were developed in 1961. Many complications occurred with the first saline implants. Today, most women use saline filled implants. However, these implants are still contained in a solid silicone bag. The safety of breast augmentations is still under debate, yet each year more and more people are having the procedure done.