Cosmetic and plastic surgery procedures that involves extensive incisions and skin grafting often require weeks and months of recovery, especially when the surgeon uses sutures to hold the tissues in place.
Procedures such as breast augmentation, facelifts and even liposuction often require creating several wounds inside and outside the body, but surgeons may soon be able to speed up the healing process using the power of carbon dioxide lasers.
Researchers at Tel Aviv University have developed a C02 laser device that can be used to heat the body tissue and close up the wounds at a rapid rate. The university's Applied Physics Group are currently testing the device that emits carbon dioxide laser beams through optical fibers directly onto the skin tissues, and quickly bonds the cut to close the wound.
Currently, surgeons use stitches or sutures to close up the wound, but these can often reopen after surgery and require additional care. Surgeons may also use a combination of bandages and compression devices to hold the skin tissues in place after surgery; the pressure helps to smooth out the skin tissues and support the healing process.
The clinical trials recently conducted showed positive results for patients undergoing gall bladder removal surgery, and the device is sensitive enough to work on other types of skin tissues. The researchers at Tel Aviv University indicate that the technique may be safe and effective enough to be used on cuts on the cornea, blood vessels, trachea, and even organs inside the body.
C02 laser welding procedures may soon be a valauble option for plastic and cosmetic surgeons looking for effective ways to heal soft tissues and speed up recovery time after surgery.