3D-Printed Implants And The Fascinating Future Of Breast Augmentation
Let’s see what future holds for this popular procedure.
Researched, written by Amber & The Team
Updated on December 16, 2022
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3D-printed implants? Gummy Bear implants? Now that’s interesting.
Breast enlargement is usually used to increase breast size or provide a rounder, fuller shape – it’s among the most popular cosmetic surgery procedures in the world. In recent years, we’ve seen surging interest in breast enlargement surgery, with more women than ever signing up for breast augmentation procedures to boost their bust at home and abroad. With global market value expected to exceed $2,866.7 million by 2027, the breast implant business is booming.
Among 3D-printed implants and implant-free enlargements – what does the future hold for this industry?
More Gummy Bear Implants
Because breast enlargement is not usually available on the NHS, more Brits have been traveling overseas to boost their bust with ineffective and potentially risky procedures, which are usually performed using cheap saline or silicone implants. Cheaper implants can lose shape over time, leading to rippling, infection, and injury later down the line.
Luckily, the introduction of ‘Gummy Bear’ implants has had a transformative impact on the industry. Gummy Bear implants are made from a firmer form of silicone that’s more resistant to the effects of gravity and pressure from the chest muscles. Thus, Gummy Bear implants are far more effective in retaining their natural shape and are less likely to leak or rupture.
Things to know:
- While these implants can increase the size of your breasts, they may also cause back pain, weight loss, and other complications. The procedure requires a longer incision, which can increase the risk of scarring. The recovery period can take weeks, and you’ll need to wear clothing items during this time.
- Gummy bear implants have a lower rate of capsular contracture than other implants. Although capsular contracture does not occur in every woman, the incidence of capsular contracture is higher in women with large breast implants. The best way to lower your chances of capsular contracture is to select an experienced cosmetic surgeon. These surgeons are familiar with the latest technologies and developments in breast augmentation. A savvy surgeon will make the most of your implant choices to get you the best possible results.
- While gummy bear implants are less prone to rupture than other types of implants, they may also have a higher risk of “silent leakage,” which is a rupture that goes undetected. In addition, the likelihood of rupture increases with age.
More Ideal Implants
Created in the USA and first approved in 2014, ‘Ideal’ implants are groundbreaking saline implants that are said to be far more durable and less prone to rippling than their predecessors.
As well as being stronger than traditional saline implants, ideal implants are said to provide a more natural, realistic look and feel due to their chambered interior. Depending on your budget and the desired results of breast enlargement, Ideal implants could be, well, ideal.
Using a 3D printer to print an implant may sound like science fiction, but in the medical field, this technology is already becoming a reality. In fact, there are several companies working to optimize breast surgeries.
Although 3D printing technology is still relatively new on the scene, it has already had a resounding impact on the cosmetic surgery industry. In the future, we’re likely to see 3D printing utilized far more widely by cosmetic surgeons and doctors around the world – including the production of 3d-printed implants.
3D printing technology has already been used to craft breast implant scaffolds, which have been made with materials including those currently used for dissolvable ‘butterfly’ stitches.
The Bellaseno company created a platform that allows the 3D printing of clinically validated resorbable polymers. Biodegradable scaffolds are designed to be absorbed by the body over time and gradually replace the woman’s natural breast tissue. The scaffolds have a unique biomimetic design that enables them to be implanted during surgery.
The company is also focusing on the after-effects of breast cancer. In addition, it is developing an implant that will dissolve over time, and will slowly colonize with the patient’s own fat cells. It is difficult to place fat grafts in radiation-treated areas.
They’re proving increasingly popular with manufacturers and we’re likely to see far more cosmetic surgery practitioners using them in the coming years.
Interesting facts about 3D-printed implants:
- 3D-printed implants will probably not need a replacement too. This would make them a far more preferable option for many people.
- They would most likely be printed from the patient’s own tissues.
Stem cell technology has groundbreaking implications for the way we’re likely to produce food and provide healthcare for future generations. Although it’s not an accessible possibility at the moment, we’re likely to see developing stem cell technologies utilized by the cosmetic surgery industry in the future, especially when it comes to breast augmentation procedures.
The tech is currently being trialed and researched in relation to breast cancer care, but there’s a possibility that the breast augmentation procedures of the future will not rely on artificial implants but rather stem cell technology.
The world is changing fast and technology is now everywhere around us. Breast augmentation is not an exception. Easier, long-lasting, and more natural solutions are already on the way and soon can become the norm in this industry.
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