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The Evolution of Breast Implants

Maxwell, G. Patrick MD, FACS; Gabriel, Allen MD, FACS

Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery: July 2014 - Volume 134 - Issue 1S - p 12S–17S
doi: 10.1097/PRS.0000000000000348
Cosmetic: Original Articles

Summary: Breast augmentation remains one of the most common aesthetic procedures performed in the United States. Silicone implants have undergone an evolution with the availability of both fourth- and fifth-generation devices from the 3 leading manufacturers in the United States. This article explores the evolution of breast implants with special emphasis on the advancement of the silicone implants. Clinicians should strive to provide ongoing data and sound science to continue to improve clinical outcomes in the future.

Loma Linda, Calif.

From the Department of Plastic Surgery, Loma Linda University Medical Center.

Received for publication January 29, 2014; accepted February 3, 2014.

Disclosure: Drs. Maxwell and Gabriel are consultants for Allergan. Dr. Maxwell is a stockholder for Allergan and Mentor.

Allen Gabriel, MD, FACS, Department of Plastic Surgery, Loma Linda University Medical Center, Loma Linda, CA 92354,

©2014American Society of Plastic Surgeons