As the 1960s began, plastic surgery became even more prominent in the minds of the American public as the scope of procedures performed by surgeons increased.
There were many scientific developments in the 1960s. A new substance, silicone, began to emerge as a tool for plastic surgeons. Silicone was initially used to treat skin imperfections, then Thomas Cronin, MD, of Houston, utilized it in a breast implant device, which he unveiled in 1962.
A Big Year for Plastic Surgery
Despite the wars on both the home front and in Vietnam in 1969, it was a big year for plastic surgery. ASPS member Hal B. Jennings, MD, of San Antonio, Texas, was appointed Surgeon General of the United States by President Nixon, the first and only plastic surgeon to date to achieve this public service honor.