The History of Saline Breast Implants

Breast augmentation is the most popular cosmetic surgery procedure performed each year. Even though silicone breast implants are back on the market without FDA restrictions, many patients come to us asking about breast augmentation surgery with saline implants.

Saline breast implants have none of the potential health risks associated with silicone implants and lead to excellent overall results.

Saline breast implants have come a long way since the 1960s. Let’s briefly consider the origins of the saline breast implant and then discuss the latest saline implant models.

Early Saline Breast Implants

The first saline breast implant was created in France in 1965 by Dr. H. G. Arion. The Heyer Schulte Corporation became the first U.S. manufacturer of saline breast implants in 1968.

Unfortunately, the first saline breast implants had a 76 percent rupture rate. Patients would also complain about the implants having an audible and off-putting “sloshing” sound due to the liquid shifting.

Improvements to Saline Breast Implants

Second-generation saline breast implants consisted of a “double lumen,” meaning that within an outer shell of the implant, there was a saline-filled inner shell. This helped prevent rupturing, improve aesthetics, and diminished sounds associated with the implants.

Silicone Breast Implant Restrictions (1992-2006)

From 1992 to 2006, the FDA implemented a moratorium on silicone breast implants. This was due to the health hazards associated with implant rupture and the leakage of silicone gel into the body. Up until 2006, saline breast implants were the only type of implants available in the United States for non-reconstructive purposes.


The IDEAL IMPLANT is a saline breast implant that has been tested and developed over the course of 10 years. The IDEAL IMPLANT uses a structured double-lumen design for optimal cosmetic appearance and feel. The IDEAL IMPLANT was approved for use by the FDA in 2014.

The IDEAL IMPLANT takes the innovations of the past and updates them for the modern patient. The makers of The IDEAL IMPLANT knew that patients wanted both the safety benefits of saline breast implants and the cosmetic and texture benefits of silicone implants.

To merge these separate benefits, The IDEAL IMPLANT has a smooth outer shell and outer lumen with structured layers of soft shells between, as well as an inner shell and inner lumen where the saline solution is held.

Because this unique design is patented, only The IDEAL IMPLANT offers such unique and routinely satisfying results.

The Advantages of The IDEAL IMPLANT

The key advantages of The IDEAL IMPLANT include:

  • The safety of saline implants
  • The texture and appearance of silicone breast implants
  • Low rate of implant ruptures
  • No risk of slow or undetectable implant rupture
  • No risk of silicone gel problems
  • Low rate of capsular contracture
  • Smaller surgical incisions than silicone breast implants

Should I Get Saline Implants?

The best way to find out if saline breast implants are right for you is to visit a plastic surgeon for an in-person consultation. We can answer all of your questions and address your concerns.

Learn More about Brest Augmentation

If you would like more information about saline breast implants and whether or not breast augmentation surgery is the right solution for your needs, be sure to contact an experienced cosmetic plastic surgeon.


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