Plastic Surgery Advancements & New Techniques
Plastic surgery has been in use for centuries There were reconstructive surgical techniques in India circa 800 BC To say that it has come a long way is a bit of an understatement Surgical procedures have seen a number of innovations in recent times These types of improvements represent an enhanced... | Read More
Plastic surgery has been in use for centuries. There were reconstructive surgical techniques in India circa 800 BC. To say that it has come a long way is a bit of an understatement. Surgical procedures have seen a number of innovations in recent times. These types of improvements represent an enhanced experience as well as superior results.
Recent Advancements in Plastic Surgery
Scalpels out, Lasers in
Some of the most exciting advancements have to do with the use of lasers replacing scalpels. Scalpels still give the doctor better control, but lasers represent a fairly exciting technology. They can be used to resurface the skin. This means that they can eliminate fine lines and wrinkles around the eyelids and the mouth, replacing dermabrasion and causing much less stress to the skin.
Better Understanding of Human Anatomy
Over the years, medical research has revealed a better understanding of skin and muscle, and anatomy in general. The primary goal of research in these areas is to create safer, more effective procedures. Refinements have allowed surgeons to perform multiple procedures during one surgery. For example, they may do a tummy tuck and breast augmentation under a single anesthetic.
According to Dr. Patrick Hsu, “The advances mean greater benefits to patients. We are constantly looking for methods to create safer more effective procedures. This ensures better results.” Dr. Hsu goes on to say, “Safety is our greatest concern, and with each new innovation in technique, the procedure becomes safer.”
The Return of Silicone Implants
Another relatively new advancement is the return of silicone implants for breast augmentation procedures. After years of intense testing, it was determined that silicone implants are safe and effective. This is a welcome comeback for patients.
A Better Liposuction Procedure
Another procedure, liposuction has seen wonderful new techniques in recent years. Modern technologies including ultrasound and laser, combined with standard techniques have offered a decrease in recovery time and greatly improved results. This continued development has been groundbreaking and shows a lot of promise. Plastic surgeons using liposuction to sculpt and contour the body have taken the procedures almost to an art form.
Choosing Between VASER and Lysonix Ultrasonic Liposuction
Ultrasound-Assisted Liposuction (UAL) breaks down and liquefies fat deposits through the use of ultrasonic sound waves. There are two existing options for this technique: Lysonix and VASER liposuction.
Pain Management & Relief After Surgery
Perhaps the most promising new developments are in the area of pain control. Recently, devices have been introduced to provide pain relief at the surgical site. These are called pain pumps and they have dramatically decreased recuperation time for cosmetic and reconstructive surgeries.
Another promising development is the use of EXPAREL®, a new analgesic that is applied with a single injection for pain-free breast augmentation surgery. It is slowly released into the breasts after surgery for a 72-hour period. The results are reportedly remarkable.
Exparel® & The Post-Surgical Pain Management
EXPAREL® is a local analgesic that utilizes bupivacaine and DepoFoam. One intraoperative injection treats post-surgical pain for up to 72 hours.
Improved Experience & Results
Plastic surgery is a common and popular form of surgery. It is ingrained in our culture and has become mainstream. Costs have come down so that average people have the means to have needed procedures. These developments mean an improved experience and improved results for patients and surgeons alike.
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