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04.14.08

A Glimpse at the Future of Plastic Surgery

Statistics by the American Society of Plastic Surgery reveal that cosmetic surgery procedures increased 198% between 1992 and 2000. That dramatic increase led to another 48% increase from 2000 to 2006. With statistics like these, and breakthrough technological advances, it is only expected that plastic surgery will sky-rocket in the future.
There are several changes in plastic surgery which are expected in the coming years.

A wrinkle treatment, called Artecoll®, could be a permanent solution to treating wrinkles. Artecoll® has been used in Europe since 1989 and it involves microscopic plastic beads that are suspended in collagen from cows. Once this collagen is injected, the beads trigger the body to produce natural collagen. The beads continue to “remind” the body to produce more collagen continuously as they deplete.

Developers are also looking into taking the calcium found in human bones and teeth, and injecting it to enlarge the lips and fill folds and wrinkles. This new technique, also known as Radiance™, reportedly lasts 2-5 years and poses little risks of allergic reactions because it comes from natural human tissue.

The development of new cosmetic techniques will continue to mark changes to the cosmetic surgery experience. Procedures that once required scalpels, such as facelifts, will soon be performed with lasers, giving patients a quicker recovery time and less scarring.

Laser technologies are also expected to expand, as developers try to find new ways to deliver energy beneath the skin. One example of this technology is Smartlipo™, which uses a laser to melt the fat that’s beneath the skin, in a safe, quick manner with only a very small incision.

The future holds many fascinating developments in cosmetic surgery. However, patients should always keep in mind that not all surgeons are equally qualified to perform plastic surgery safely. Choosing a Board Certified Surgeon, will give you piece of mind Board Certified Surgeons have gone through rigorous training programs and have graduated from reputable and accredited medical schools. They have the necessary skills for performing successful, safe cosmetic surgery – for today and the future.

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