Silicone and saline breast implants, Europe, 2003

2003 in Europe

One of three silicone and saline solution-filled breast implants, unsigned, Europe, 2003. Supplied by Mentor Medical Limited.

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.

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Plastics and Modern Materials
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metal (unknown), plastic (unidentified), saline solution and silicon
implant: 42 mm 131 mm, .18 kg
silicone implant
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment
  • prosthesis
  • surgical implant
Mentor Medical Limited

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