Breasts. The mammary gland so desired by men and women, perhaps for different reasons, and perhaps not always true.
Men do seem to lust over large, full breasted women and many women will go to great lengths to enhance their breasts; to be more desirable, to feel sexier? The question remains. However, many women choose to have breast reductions, finding that larger breasts inhibit an active lifestyle, can be cumbersome, and cause future back and posture problems. And many men prefer small breasted women. As the saying goes: “I don’t need more than what can fit in the palm of my hand”.
The first silicone gel implant was performed in 1962, using the Cronin-Gerow Implant Prothesis developed by Thomas Cronin and Frank Gerow. But creating larger breasts for women, or repairing disfigured or lopsided breasts, has been going on since the 1890’s.
The first implant surgery was done for reconstruction purposes after a surgery to remove a large benign tumour. The surgeon used fat from the patient’s hip to implant into her missing breast tissue. Interesting, and by all accounts, successful.
Later, trials began of injecting foreign substances as ‘filler’ for breast enlargement. First paraffin (made up largely of petroleum jelly) was used, which caused eventual and significant problems, (blindness and amputation!). Apparently the use of paraffin is making a comeback in places like Turkey and India for penile enlargement. Advice is, don’t!
From 1915 to 1943 nearly everything was tried, from inserting ivory or glass balls, to fillers like oils, beeswax, epoxy, resin, ox cartilage, sponges, and cobra venom. You name it, it seems to have been tried, many with very serious side affects, as you can imagine.
In the 1950’s, a sponge was invented. It was comprised of polyethylene tape wound into a ball and placed in the breast area to give it the famous pointy look of the 1950’s. Sadly, the faux breasts turned rock hard and eventually collapsed. Yuck.
The 60’s brought silicon, then saline implants, which made their debut in 1964. Silicon was banned for many years and saline, which by then had FDA approval, became the successful approach for augmentation. It was back to the drawing board for silicone and in 2006, silicone breasts implants made a comeback. A big one.
Now silicone gel is designed to feel most like human breast tissue, it lasts and is safe to use.
Although many women I know are tossing out their implants (quite literally), wanting to return to their natural body state and proportion, implant surgery, whether for replacement, re-augmentation or simply upping your cup, is looked upon as a normal and simple procedure these days.
Which brings me back to working in lingerie…
We get an amazing number of 30 GG or 32 H sizes. Just sayin…