Over the years, there have been tremendous advancements in surgical techniques, with fewer infections and a significant reduction in hardening. Still, even today there are occasional instances of leakage, causing some women, including Sharon Osbourne, to have their implants removed (she turned them into paper weights). And just this past winter, a French manufacturer was arrested for using unapproved “industrial grade” silicone in models that were sold to doctors in 65 countries. But by and large, the majority of implant customers are happy with their enlargements.
Will silicone breasts stick around long enough to celebrate their centennial? Probably not. Now, doctors are working with fat cells from other parts of the body that can be successfully transplanted into breasts. As Tom Biggs, a former surgeon who was a medical resident during Lindsey’s 1962 procedure, proclaims: “The future is fat!”