Silicone and saline breast implants, Europe, 2003

Made:
2003 in Europe
maker:
Unknown

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Silicone and saline breast implants with air valve for cosmetic surgery. Full view, graduated black perspex background.
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Three silicone and saline solution-filled breast implants, one fitted with air valve, unsigned, Europe, 2003. Supplied by Mentor Medical Limited. Used for cosmetic surgery - one for demonstration, not implant (see note).

Two different types of breast implants are shown here, one containing silicone gel and the other saline (a salt solution). Breast implants are used for cosmetic breast enlargement or for reconstructive purposes, for example for women who have undergone surgery for breast cancer.

Silicone breast implants were first introduced in the 1960s in the United States and there have long been some medical concerns over their safety. Over 10,000 women have breast implants fitted in the United Kingdom each year. These particular implants are made by Mentor Medical Ltd.

Details

Category:
Plastics and Modern Materials
Object Number:
2003-232
Materials:
metal (unknown), plastic (unidentified), saline solution and silicon
Measurements:
implant: 35 mm 112 mm, .18kg
implant with air valve: 40 mm x 205 mm 141 mm, .15kg
type:
silicone implant
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment
  • prosthesis
  • surgical implant
credit:
Mentor Medical Limited

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