Eur J Plast Surg (2001) 24:177–178 DOI 10.1007/s002380100274 INVITED COMMENTAR Y G.-F. Maillard Carboxy-methyl cellulose hydrogels used to fill breast implants: a 15-year experience Published online: 1 August 2001 © Springer-Verlag 2001 Henri Arion is a very clever and significant man in the Searching for a new very biocompatible filler, Arion in- field of breast implants. He was really one of the first in vestigated the hydrogel made by methyl cellulose. In fact, the world to produce an inflatable prosthesis; this was in the first idea was to use hydroxy-methyl cellulose. Arion the early 1960s. My old masters, such as Paul Tessier, gave this concept to the new manager of his former compa- told me the story of the international congress in Rome ny, renamed PIP (Poly Implant Prothèse, La-Seine-sur-mer, in 1965, to which Arion invited two implanted women Toulon, France), directed by Jean-Claude Mas, since 1983 with such prosthesis. Many well known participants at (we should remember that PIP was the first to manufacture this congress were able to palpate the breasts and were a prefilled saline prosthesis). This new hydrogel PIP pros- convinced by this first European “publication” of inflat- thesis had considerable success in Europe, between
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