[The first "fillers", vaseline and paraffin. From miracle to disaster].

  • J. Glicenstein
  • Published 2007 in Annales de chirurgie plastique et esthetique


In 1899, Robert Gersuny, an austrian surgeon from Vienna, injected a mineral oil (vaseline) to correct the absence of a testicle in a patient who was castrated for tuberculous epididymitis. The immediate success of the operation encouraged him to use vaseline as filler for soft tissue defects. The principle of the technique consisted in the injection of a… (More)


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