New Synthetic Collagen Method Could be Used for Reconstructive and Cosmetic Surgery

Collagen for Cosmetic SurgeryScientists have discovered a new way to create synthetic collagen and this compound may be effective for using in reconstructive and cosmetic surgery procedures. Scientists at Rice University have been working on a method that creates synthetic collagen from a liquid in less than an hour. This new compound has many of the same properties as natural collagen and may be effective for the process of regenerating new tissue and organs from stem cells.

If you need to undergo reconstructive surgery or are thinking about cosmetic surgery that involves harvesting fat cells, talk to a board-certified surgeon in your area about your options. Look at these cosmetic surgery before and after photos to see examples of successful outcomes with different types of reconstructive and cosmetic surgery procedures.

Collagen is the most abundant protein in the body and is the primary component of the body’s tissues. Collagen is what makes skin, ligaments, cartilage and tendons so strong and biomedical researchers today typically use a combination of synthetic collagen and stem cells to create lab-grown tissues for reconstructive surgery. These compounds can be injected into the patients with minimal risk of rejection because there is a high concentration of the patient’s own stem cells injected into the tissues.

Today, animal-derived collagen is commonly used for these types of procedures and is the most common compound used for cosmetic enhancements that involve collagen injections. The latest findings suggest that this new product that resembles real collagen may be equally as effective for producing the same results as animal collagen fillers.

According to Jeffrey Hartgerink, lead author of the study at Rice University, the recent discovery has been effective for mimicking collagen’s self-assembly process. Hartgerink and his team have spent several years perfecting the process of designing these peptides. The next step will be to determine whether the cells can live and grow within the new material and compound, and be adapted by the body in the same way as collagen derived from animals currently does. He estimates that clinical trials for this new synthetic collagen method may be conducted in about five years.

Talk to a board-certified plastic surgeon in your area about some of the latest options available in reconstructive and cosmetic surgery. Look at these cosmetic surgery before and after photos to see examples of patients who have undergone various types of fat transfer and reconstructive procedures.

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