Cosmetic Surgery and Procedures in Development
New cosmetic surgery techniques will continue to be developed as demand for newer and better procedures grows. Procedures such as facelifts, which were previously performed with scalpel, will in the future be done with lasers. Recovery times will be quicker and scarring will be less.
In decades to come, the possibilities in plastic and cosmetic surgery will become close to endless. Tissue engineering is no longer something out of a science fiction novel. The creation of living tissues in a laboratory setting for use as a replacement for damaged or diseased body parts is on the horizon.
Think about it -- the growing and reproduction of skin grafts, breast tissue, muscles, cells from vital organs and even nerves ? lie just ahead in the medical future. And though the science is still in its infant stage, there is no doubt that the future of cosmetic and reconstructive surgery will likely have tissue engineering at its core.
In the short-term, however, keep your eye on news about the products and techniques listed below. They are either newly available, or will become available in the near future.
Reviewed by the
doctors at The Cleveland Clinic Department of Dermatology.
Edited by Charlotte E. Grayson , MD, July, 2004 WebMD.
Last Editorial Review: 1/31/2005 7:05:14 AM
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