Technology is constantly evolving and in the medical field this can only means improvements in the way procedures are carried out. Plastic surgery is no exception, new technology is having a positive impact on the industry.
Improvements to technology, such as being able to use new, cheaper materials for implants, have made plastic surgery more affordable. More people are travelling abroad to have surgery, where prices can be even lower. There has been a rise in the number of procedures being carried out. The British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons said that 51,000 people in the UK had plastic surgery in 2015. One of the most popular beauty treatments this year is colonic irrigation. Celebrities like Leonardo DiCaprio and Madonna being full of praise after undergoing the procedure. Booking is a way to stay on trend and experience potential health benefits such as improved energy levels, clearer skin and a better immune system.
Improved quality materials are used in plastic surgery because of advancements in technology. All materials used in plastic surgery meet high standards of safety regulations, such as being non-allergenic. Materials used to fix bones are more resistant to wear and tear than they were in the past, reducing the need for replacement operations. There have also ben major developments in tissue engineering technology. Previously, new tissue was not guaranteed to successfully ‘take’ to a patient’s skin. Now the silicone materials used to make tissue mean that plastic surgery which involves skin grafts is more successful. This is good news for people having plastic surgery for both aesthetic purposes and medical reasons, such as after an injury.
New treatments are being developed all the time. Using radio frequency to reduce fat on the body and face is one of the new treatments available in America. This treatment is targeted at younger patients who want to tighten their skin with results that are not as dramatic as a face lift.
Another similar treatment uses Ultherapy, which involves using ultrasound so surgeons can see the areas the waves are targeting. This is also used for tightening the skin on the face and neck.
Essentially, new technology is making treatments less invasive for patients. The benefit of this is that there is less recovery time and treatment is less noticeable to others.
Technology is also helping to improve the results of plastic surgery. Computer-assisted imagery is now frequently used by surgeons to give them accurate models to work with. The main benefit is surgery that takes into account every detail of a person’s face. Procedures have results that not only look better but can even be designed to grow with patients. In some instances, such as cosmetic dentistry, computer generated images are made to show the patient how they will look after surgery is completed. This can reassure patients as they can see whether they will be happy with the end result.