Nanotechnology Helps Create Safer Breast Implants

Nanotechnology for Breast ReductionSince silicone implants still carry some risks and health complications, researchers continue to seek out alternative options for breast implants. A new review published in WIREs Nanomedicine and Nanobiotechnology reports that nanotechnology can be used to create safer and better breast implants.

These implants may be a healthy alternative to silicone rubber and would minimize some of the complications associated with breast augmentation procedures.

Take a look at these breast augmentation before and after photos to see examples of successful outcomes with silicone, saline and natural breast augmentation techniques. If you’ve been thinking about breast augmentation, set up a consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon in your area to find out if you are a good candidate for breast implants.

Nanotechnology may soon be used to develop safer breast implants, and may be especially valuable for breast reconstruction procedures performed on patients who are recovering from breast cancer. Approximately 75 percent of post-mastectomy patients choose to undergo some type of breast reconstruction procedure during the recovery phase, and most surgeons use silicone rubber implants.

While these types of implants do create natural-looking results, they also have a very high complication rate – approximately 20 to 30 percent. Patients end up having to undergo another procedure to achieve the size of implants they want, or they have to undergo some type of revision surgery to remove the implants completely before starting over.

The authors of this study are currently working on nanostructured materials that will minimize complications and also deliver cancer drugs locally to improve the treatment process overall. This can reduce the side effects associated with chemotherapy and also help to reduce the incidences of failure with breast reconstruction procedures. Lead author of the study, Judit E. Puskas, Ph.D., M.E., of The University of Akron states the following about the findings: “If successful, our material could be used for implants with drug delivery capabilities…We are hoping that this review will contribute to a better understanding of the controversial issues and motivate material scientists and medical doctors to work together to develop alternatives based on new nanotechnology for the women who opt for a deivce made of synthetic materials.”

Learn more about breast augmentation by talking to a board-certified plastic surgeon in your area. Take a look at these breast implant before and after photos to see examples of successful outcomes with different breast implant techniques.

Further Reading

  • With bathing suit season right around the corner, plastic surgeons across the country are finding more women are booking up appointments for body contouring and breast augmentation procedures. Dr. Michael Niccole, founder and medical director of CosmetiCare Plastic Surgery Center and MedSpa in Newport Beach, and one of the “Top Plastic Surgeons in America”, reports that his appointment books are full, with a high demand for breast implants, skin tightening procedures and body contouring procedures to help women lose a few inches around the hips and thighs.

  • We’ve all heard about celebrities going under the knife to improve their looks and enhance their appearance, and while some do manage to enhance their looks with a nip and tuck, others fall victim to a plastic surgery disaster. Celebrities including Tara Reid and Amanda Lepore have been criticized and publicly humiliated after repeat plastic surgery procedures that have led to disaster. Fortunately for stars like Tara Reid, revision surgery has helped to correct the deformities and irregularities caused by the botched procedure. Still, many celebrities aren’t so lucky and have to find ways to mask their anti-aging disaster.

  • A new TV show in Australia called The Shire recently spotlighted plastic surgery and featured the stars of the show having now qualms about treatments. The show’s stars Sophie and Vernesa aren’t afraid to show off their fake breasts in revealing tops and dresses, and are both sporting the infamous lip-enhanced pouts. Vernesa admits that she’s been told not to have any more filler treatments in her lips to prevent her lips from touching her nose. She undergoes Botox for the first time on camera.