Made in Texas: Meet the woman who underwent the first breast augmentation using silicone implants in a Houston hospital

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HOUSTONWelcome to Made in Texas, where we write about products made in the Lone Star State.

Today, we’re featuring the revolutionizing medical device created in Houston in the early 1960s used for the most popular type of cosmetic surgery in the U.S.

The product

Silicone breast implants are a type of medical device used in breast augmentation surgeries to increase breast size, replace breast tissue, or correct developmental issues, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

The implants have a silicone outer shell, which can vary in thickness and texture, and are filled with silicone gel.

The FDA only allows women 22 and older to use silicone-filled implants for breast enhancement. For breast reconstruction, women of any age are allowed to use the implants.

Silicone gel implants, which come in many shapes and sizes, are the most widely studied medical device of all time, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

The procedure


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