Plastic surgery is becoming more and more popular. Its quick advancement is changing the approach, as we know it. The new technologies aren’t just making plastic surgery more effective. They allow it to be more accessible to different people.
The reasons for getting plastic surgery vary. Many people believe that such a surgery is a “whim” of those who want to look younger. Meanwhile, a big sector of plastic surgery is dedicated to reconstruction. It helps people with birth defects look normal. At the same time, plastic surgery helps rehabilitate patients after physical traumas.
We asked the lead surgeon from Peoria Plastic Surgery to share the latest tech solutions in the plastic surgery industry.
1. Computerized Surgical Planning
Using CAD/CAM technology for manufacturing industries doesn’t surprise anyone anymore. The same technologies are applied in plastic surgery. The computer-generated models can help the surgeon understand the small details. Meanwhile, such models can become the basis for computer-assisted surgery.
The times when surgeons drew lines on people’s bodies are slowly disappearing. Today, a doctor can provide a computer model of the desired forms and discuss it with the patient. Such planning is especially useful for beauty-related plastic surgery, such as facelifts, breast augmentation or tummy tucks.
2. Synthetic Tissue Manufacturing
Synthetic tissue manufacturing is revolutionizing the plastic surgery industry. The so-called “off the shelf” biologic products for tissue reconstruction have opened new horizons for numerous patients.
The appearance of synthetic tissue has eliminated the need for additional surgery, which used to be performed to remove biologic tissue from another part of the person’s body. Even though there is no ideal substitute on the market yet, the synthetic option is helping burn victims acquire new skin.
Today, scientists are working on creating an ideal skin substitute. As soon as it appears on the market, the industry is in for a new revolution.
3. Non-Invasive Procedure
Laser technologies are moving forward, allowing patients to avoid invasive surgeries. Today, in order to get rid of different skin blemishes, doctors use a laser, which runs over the skin surface without damaging it.
Numerous laser treatments have been invented to revitalize and rejuvenate the skin, thus allowing people to postpone injections and lifting surgeries.
4. 3D Bioprinting
3D printing has made its way into numerous industries, including surgery. A team of researchers from Korea Polytechnic University has already designed a bioprinting system, which can be used in bone reconstruction surgeries. It prints a prosthesis from biomaterial and inserts it in place of the damaged bone.
In the future, 3D bioprinting can assist with organ transplant, thus completely eliminating the need for human organ donors.
5. New Breast Implant Materials
More than 300,000 breast implant surgeries have been performed in the USA in 2017. It’s one of the most popular plastic surgeries in the world. The materials for breast implants are being improved on a regular basis. The risks of something going wrong go down every year.
With time, if the 3D bioprinting doesn’t eliminate the necessity for breast implants, the new solutions will emerge to make breast augmentation absolutely safe.