Everything that surrounds you is made of small matter, known as atoms and molecules. Currently, scientists are only able to manipulate the properties of these on a larger scale. This limits their ability to adapt these materials to be used in a variety of medical situations.
For instance, a good portion of breast implants are made of silicone rubber, which has both positive and negative properties. Silicone is one of the most successful materials for simulating the look and feel of a real breast. However, silicone is also foreign to the body, and can cause problems.
Today’s, silicone breast implants are less likely to have side effects, as compared to several years ago. However, the advancement of nanotechnology will allow them to be even safer and more effective in the future, especially for women undergoing breast augmentation/implant surgery due to a mastectomy.
The idea behind nanotechnology and breast implants, is to alter the characteristics of the silicone from within its atoms, making it more compatible for use inside the body. In addition, scientists will find new ways to manipulate the properties of the implant to deliver helpful medicine/chemotherapy to the chest cavity surrounding the implant.
Implants with the capability of delivering chemicals will decrease scarring and discomfort. They will increase the effectiveness of administering chemotherapy directly to the area it is needed, reducing most traditional side effects. The possibilities of using nanotechnology to improve the benefits of breast implants is endless.
In the meantime, the safety of FDA approved silicone implants are constantly improving. Contact a qualified plastic surgeon to find out more about the newest materials and procedures that are available to you today.