Virtual interaction? 4D technology? Prosthetic muscles? It is easy to assume one is talking about science fiction here. But it is 2019 and all these aforementioned advancements are no longer concepts. They are real. They are all poised to transform medicine in a way no one ever imagined before. These innovations will most likely transform plastic surgery better and faster than all the other medical fields combined. There are other innovations too that may soon emerge all in the name of getting surgeries done safely and within the shortest time possible. They include:
3D printing is no longer a lab concept in medicine. Researchers are now looking at the possibility of using 3D printing to generate tissue and even organs that can grow. If and when this happens, surgeons will be able to tackle challenges such as trauma reconstruction and in the process, print out materials that can be used to replicate lost areas of tissue. So yes, there is much more into 3D printing than just printing models of features and structures like breast implants and the nose which can then be compared with originals for purposes of optimizing surgical outcomes.
The Food and Drug Administration Agency defines a biological product as a product that can replicate natural substances like antibodies, enzymes and hormones. Aptly referred to as biologics in the medical circles, they are a testament of how science has evolved and what the future may look like. They are made up of sugars, nucleic acids, proteins or a combination of these substances. In plastic surgery, they are often used as an alternative to synthetic materials. Their chemical composition comes along with benefits like low inflammatory response which is extremely vital in any form of plastic surgery.
Personalized Tissue Engineering
Tissue engineering is not a new concept in medicine. In fact, it is already popular. What many people do not know is that physical structures like the nose, ears, skin and even the mouth can now be grown in a lab and later implanted on a patient so as to restore form and function. Such progress will certainly have an impact in specific areas of plastic surgery such as rhinoplasty. This will be a huge solution to problems which confine plastic surgery success because of lack of appropriate tissues.
No one wants to age. That is why researchers are always looking for scientific solutions to stop, slow down or even reverse the aging process. Such breakthroughs will open doors of dietary and pharmaceutical treatments that will get rid of all signs of external aging. This does not mean though, that such breakthroughs will make plastic surgery obsolete. As a matter of fact, plastic surgery will play the single most important role in such breakthroughs. Given the fact that plastic surgeons move tissues and the skin around, they are inherently knowledgeable and skilled in all matters that touch on skin and human tissues. They also understand the ageing process well. These advantages give them a unique position to best use the aforementioned medical breakthroughs.
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