Today, celebrity breast augmentation has become a staple of the television and film industries. But if it wasn’t for the work of two mid-20th century plastic surgeons, American actresses might never have gotten ahead in Hollywood because of their chest size. Luckily, they did, and we have Thomas Cronin and Frank Gerow to thank for that. In 1961, the doctorly pair created the world’s first silicone breast implant, and the first mammoplasty was performed the following year to rave results.
Since then, the silicone implant has come under fire after being linked to illnesses and cancers in former patients, leading the FDA to place a ban on the material until the mid-200