1895: Dr. Vincenz Czerny reconstructs a woman's breast by removing a large lipoma from her flank and transplanting it at the mastectomy site.
1900: There are written descriptions of the first breast augmentation cases using paraffin wax injections, but no documentation on when it is first performed.
1920s: The use of paraffin to enhance and reconstruct breasts is discontinued due to complications that were occurring such as "paraffinomas" and "wax cancer."
1940s: During World War II, Japanese prostitutes inject their breasts with industrial silicone liquid in order to appeal to American GIs. The procedure becomes popular and spreads to the U.S.
1958: Milton Milton T. Edgerton, M.D. and psychiatrist A.R. McClary publish an article about the psychological aspects of breast implant surgery. They studied 53 women who had the Ivalon sponge implants. They say: "Literally thousands of women in this country alone are seriously disturbed by feelings of inadequacy in regard to concepts of the body image."
1961: Houston plastic surgeons Thomas Cronin and Frank Gerow develop the first silicone breast implant in collaboration with the Dow Corning Corporation. This first silicone implant is made of a thick gel contained in a thick elastomeric envelope.
1962: A thirty-six year old mother of six named Timmie Jean Lindsey is the first woman to be implanted with the silicone breast implants at Texas Charity Hospital.
1965: Dr. Arion introduces inflatable saline breast implants. The implants are filled with saline or a hypertonic solution. They produce the first "bouncy breast" result.
1970: Canadian researches work on an inflatable implant for Dow Corning. The project is discontinue when they find that there is an 8% deflation rate during the first year.
1970s: New silicone implants produced which are more "lifelike", but have a tendency to break easier. Once broken, total removal is difficult or impossible.
1970s: Polyurethane foam covering for implants becomes popular to prevent capsular contracture. The foam begins to disintegrate in the body almost immediately, making it difficult to remove and causing other complications.
1976: Breast implants approved for use in the USA on the basis that they had been on the market prior to implementation of FDA regulations begun in this year.
1980s: Soybean oil breast implants are developed by an American scientist. They become popular in Europe, but as of 2005 have not been approved in the United States and Canada.
Jan. 6, 1992: The FDA bans silicone gel implants due to health concerns.
1998: Jenny McCarthy has her breast implants reduced. She says: "I just couldn't stand how big they were. They were driving me crazy!"
June 6, 2000: Britain recommends that women with Trilucent breast implants (soybean oil implants) have them removed, saying tests have shown that leaking implants may cause cancer or lead to birth defects. At the time of the warning, about 5,000 women in Britain have soya breast implants.
2000: During this year, 203,310 women undergo breast augmentation surgery.
2002: During this year, 236,888 women undergo breast augmentation in the United States.
2003: Mariel Hemingway goes public about her experience with breast implants, saying she got them at the age of 19. She says: "I did it for me. I didn't want to be thought of as a tomboy. I didn't want to be thought of as this kind of butch girl." Noticing health problems, she had them removed and discovered they had ruptured and that silicone had leaked into her blood. She now says: "I think implants are bad news. I enjoyed them for about a year, then from ages 20 to 32, I was asking, 'Why do I have these? I hate these. They were not me, it's kind of the antithesis of who I am."
2003: 3,481 teenagers undergo breast augmentation surgery.
May 2004: The results of a study are published in the Annals of Plastic Surgery stating that women who undergo breast augmentation surgery are three times as likely to commit suicide in the first years after their surgery than women who have not undergone breast augmentation surgery.
2004: During this year, nearly 330,000 women undergo breast augmentation in the United States. 11,326 of these are teenagers.
Oct. 2005: Sharon Osbourne admits to having had breast implants earlier in the year. She says: "The last thing I had done were my breasts about three months ago. I am a 34DD now and Ozzy loves them."