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The History of Breast Implants

Breast implants have evolved significantly over the years, offering a multitude of options for individuals seeking augmentation, transforming not only their appearance but also their confidence and well-being. This remarkable journey in the world of cosmetic surgery has not only reshaped bodies but also revitalized the lives of countless individuals, empowering them to embrace their unique beauty and experience newfound self-assurance. Discover the history of breast implants with Dr. Bandy’s office.

The Early Days of Breast Implants: Beginnings in the 1960s

The journey of breast implants began in the 1960s, marking a significant shift in cosmetic surgery. The first breast implant surgery is believed to have been performed in 1962, using silicone implants. These initial implants were made from a silicone outer shell filled with a silicone gel, designed to mimic the feel of natural breast tissue.

Initial Materials and Designs

Early silicone implants faced several challenges, including the risk of rupture and silicone leakage, leading to health concerns. The designs were relatively primitive by today’s standards, often resulting in unnatural shapes and textures. Despite these limitations, these early implants paved the way for future innovations and set the stage for more advanced designs.

Saline Implants: A Breakthrough

Following the initial phase of silicone implants, saline implants emerged as a significant breakthrough in the field.

Introduction of Saline Implants

Saline implants were introduced as an alternative to silicone implants. These implants consist of a silicone outer shell filled with a sterile saline solution. They were considered a safer option as saline, a saltwater solution, is harmless to the body in case of implant rupture.

Benefits of Saline Implants

  • Safety: In the event of a rupture, the saline solution is absorbed and naturally expelled by the body.
  • Adjustability: The volume of saline can be adjusted to achieve the desired breast size.
  • Lower Age Restrictions: Saline implants are approved for patients 18 years and older, compared to 22 for silicone implants.

Drawbacks of Saline Implants

  • Feel and Appearance: Saline implants are often considered less natural in feel and appearance compared to silicone implants. They may also have a higher risk of rippling.
  • Risk of Deflation: Saline implants can deflate if the implant shell leaks, leading to an uneven appearance.

This exploration of the early development of breast implants shows a constant pursuit of safety and aesthetic improvement in the field of plastic surgery. Innovations like saline implants addressed some of the issues of early silicone implants, setting the stage for further advancements.

The Gummy Bear Revolution

The advent of ‘gummy bear’ implants, or cohesive gel silicone implants, represents a significant leap forward in breast implant technology. These implants have garnered widespread attention and praise for their innovative design and benefits.

Cohesive Gel Silicone Implants

  • Design: The term ‘gummy bear’ aptly describes these implants’ ability to maintain their shape, similar to the chewy gummy bear candies. This is due to their semi-solid gel interior, which is thicker and more cohesive than traditional silicone gel implants.
  • Stability: Gummy bear implants are known for their exceptional stability. They hold their shape better over time, minimizing risks such as folding or rippling.
  • Natural Feel: Despite their stability, these implants provide a natural feel, closely mimicking natural breast tissue.
  • Reduced Leakage Risk: The cohesive nature of the gel significantly reduces the risk of leakage, even if the implant shell is breached.

Safety and Aesthetics: A Balancing Act

The evolution of breast implants has always been a careful balance between safety and aesthetic appeal. Modern implants embody this balance through rigorous testing and thoughtful design.

Prioritizing Safety

  • Durability Testing: Modern implants undergo extensive durability testing to ensure they can withstand various stresses without leaking or rupturing.
  • Reduced Health Risks: Innovations in implant materials and designs have significantly lowered the risks of complications, such as capsular contracture and implant rupture.

Enhanced Aesthetics

  • Natural Contours: Contemporary implant designs are crafted to align with the body’s natural contours, offering a more natural and pleasing aesthetic.
  • Customizable Options: Patients now have access to a range of sizes, shapes, and textures, allowing for a highly personalized approach to breast augmentation.

The development of gummy bear implants marks a pivotal moment in the journey of breast implant technology. Not only do they offer improved safety features, but they also cater to the aesthetic desires of patients. This dual focus on safety and aesthetics ensures that individuals seeking breast augmentation can achieve their desired outcomes with greater peace of mind.

Personalized Choices for Every Patient

Dr. Amy Bandy places a strong emphasis on providing personalized care in breast augmentation procedures. Recognizing that every patient’s body is unique, she believes that their choices should align with their individual goals and needs. This commitment to personalization extends to every aspect of the procedure.

Implant Type

Patients have the freedom to choose the implant type that best suits their preferences and body type. Whether it’s saline, silicone, or cohesive gel (‘gummy bear’) implants, the decision is made in consultation with the surgeon.


The placement of breast implants is a critical consideration. Dr. Bandy works closely with her patients to determine the optimal placement, whether it’s sub-glandular (above the chest muscle) or submuscular (below the chest muscle).


Breast size is a deeply personal choice. Dr. Bandy guides patients in selecting the size that aligns with their desired appearance while maintaining a natural look.

Breast Implants and Confidence: Beyond Aesthetics

While breast augmentation is often associated with enhancing one’s physical appearance, its impact extends far beyond aesthetics. Patients frequently report a significant boost in confidence and self-esteem following the procedure.

Improved Self-Image

Breast augmentation can have a transformative effect on self-image. Patients who were previously self-conscious about their breast size or shape often experience a newfound sense of self-assuredness.

Enhanced Well-Being

The positive psychological impact of breast augmentation should not be underestimated. Feeling more confident in one’s appearance can lead to increased overall well-being and a more fulfilling life.


Breast augmentation is a choice made by individuals to take control of their bodies and appearance. It empowers them to make decisions that align with their desires and goals.

Breast Augmentation In Newport Beach

Breast augmentation is not merely a cosmetic procedure; it is a personalized journey toward greater confidence, self-esteem, and empowerment. Dr. Amy Bandy’s commitment to tailoring every aspect of the procedure ensures that each patient’s unique needs and aspirations are met, leading to not only aesthetic enhancements but also profound improvements in personal well-being. Contact Dr. Bandy’s office today to schedule a consultation for your procedure.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the main differences between saline and gummy bear implants?

Saline implants are filled with sterile salt water and tend to be adjustable in size, while gummy bear implants contain a cohesive silicone gel that maintains its shape, offering a more stable and natural feel.

How do I know which type of implant is right for me?

The choice of implant type depends on your personal goals, body type, and preferences. Consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon like Dr. Amy Bandy is crucial for making an informed decision tailored to your needs.

Are modern breast implants safe?

Yes, modern breast implants are rigorously tested for safety and have undergone significant advancements in materials and design. Choosing a qualified and experienced surgeon further enhances the safety of the procedure.

What can I expect during the recovery process?

The recovery process varies from person to person but typically involves some discomfort, swelling, and temporary restrictions on physical activities. Your surgeon will provide specific post-operative instructions to ensure a smooth recovery.

How long do breast implants last?

The longevity of breast implants can vary, but they are not considered lifetime devices. On average, most implants last around 10-20 years, but they may need to be replaced or removed due to changes in your body or implant-related issues.


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