Since 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.