1963 saw the first silicone gel-filled implant by Dow Corning. By the 1970s, it is estimated that 88% of implants sold came from Dow Corning.
Sloshing, leakage, and silicone on trial
The large volume of sales from silicone and saline implants from Dow Corning and Heyer-Schulte Corporation didn’t mean they were entirely safe or sturdy. In fact, these early implants were fragile, heavy, and often had an "audible sloshing" as well as a high deflation rate.
This led to a class-action lawsuit against Dow Corning in 1988, in which the company paid more than $3.2 billion for 170,000 women. In 1992, the FDA called for a moratorium on the sale and use of silicone breast implants, allowing the use of saline-filled implants to soar.
After 14 years, however, the study linking silicone and autoimmune conditions was proven to be false. Now, silicone is back and better than ever with stronger shells and smoother material.