Ways Technology Has Affected Cosmetic Surgery

Dr. Kyongmi Kim, 106th Medical Detachment veterinarian, sutures an incision on Thor, a shih tzu, during minor surgery at the Veterinary Treatment Facility on Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, June 3, 2014. Kim has been a veterinarian for seven years. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Ashley J. Thum)

Technology in the cosmetic surgery industry has made some huge changes over the years.  Today, a patient can have a cosmetic procedure and return home all in the same day. Just a couple of decades ago, cosmetic surgery often led to complications and even death.  

Ways Technology Has Affected Cosmetic Surgery

Modern patients of physical augmentation still face dangers.  For instance, liposuction is still abrasive on the body, but ultrasonic technology and liposuction makes for a safer procedure.  The difference is that those dangers are not near as common due to the benefits of the relationship between technology and cosmetic surgery.  

Check out a quick description of a few ways technology has affected cosmetic surgery, and learn a little about what makes changing your body a little safer.  

Personal tissue engineering

Cosmetic surgery isn’t always for personal pleasure, sometimes it’s a necessary procedure.  Technology has changed the possibilities for patients needing an ear, for example. If your ear gets cut off, surgeons now have the technology to grow you a new one on your arm.  

Before now, plastic surgeons were limited to working with the materials already present on a patient’s body.  Now, tissue engineering has opened up a new world of options for small-scale prosthetics.

Transplants have become more complex

Technology has given doctors the ability to transplant a whole face for those who suffer through traumatic events.  The abilities of science and technology have made big things possible, but it hasn’t yet eradicated some of the most troubling challenges faced by transplant patients.  

Immunosuppressants are still necessary, and rejection of the tissue is still possible.  Recipients still face calculated risks, but technology makes big promises for the future of transplants.  

Anti-aging treatments are more effective

As science and technology continually make our way of life more efficient, people are living longer.  Anti-aging treatments for the exterior changes in an aging body make the outside match the inside of a vibrant elderly person.  People simply don’t want to look old, and cosmetic surgery is ready to alleviate those troubles.

Prosthetics are more efficient

The future of bioengineering is exciting.  Prosthetics and bioengineering as a couple make for some super efficient arms, legs, fingers, and whatever else you may need.  

There’s also the consideration of 4D imaging in the future.  4D imaging could help surgeons produce a more fine-tuned reconstruction.  

Digital technology is another exciting future influencer of prosthetics.  Digitalization of energy and information will help produce more anatomically correct manipulation of digits.

The implications of what technology brings to the cosmetic surgery table are like something out of a sci-fi movie.  The most exciting implication is the dramatic impact technology and medicine could have on patients in another ten years.