3D Printed Breast Implants will be our hot topic today. We have a report on the latest technological news for breast implants and 3 D printing technology. But before we begin with this news flash, let us take a moment to express our Sarasota Style Gratitude.
Gratitude is our Attitude-Sarasota Style
Here at Altiora Plastic Surgery & Medspa, we have embraced an attitude of gratitude. We are thankful for our beautiful hometown and the beautiful people in our lives. This attitude of gratitude is our theme here at the Thanksgiving Season.
Why are we feeling thankful?
- Firstly, we feel blessed to be practicing our medical arts and sciences in the freedom of the US.
- Secondly, we appreciate the friendship and confidence you have demonstrated in us, as our 2019 new and old friends, clients and readers.
- And finally, we take this opportunity to share with you one of our favorite Thanksgiving quotations.
“Thanksgiving Day is a jewel, to set in the hearts of honest men. But be careful that you do not take the day, and leave out the gratitude.” Written by E.P. Powell. These brief but powerful words capture the spirit of thankfulness as they should be. And now, read on to discover our hot topic of November, 3D Printed Breast Implants.
On the Scene with 3 D Printed Breast Implants
Two German companies have paired up on the development of a technology that could disrupt the breast implant market. BellaSeno will use Evonik’s Resomer polymer in its Senella 3D-printed breast scaffold products. Thus, the polymer will allow the scaffold to be absorbed in the body at a rate that matches the patient’s own tissue.
BellaSeno will use Evonik’s Resomer bio-resorbable polymer in its Senella breast scaffolds. Certainly, it has a proprietary additive (secret at this point.) In the manufacturing process, companies are avoiding the use of silicone implants. Some of the older types have raised major safety concerns.” BellaSeno plans to begin first-in-human clinical trials of the Stenella scaffolds with Resomer in Germany this quarter. Likewise, Evonik has agreed to supply its Resomer polymer for clinical and commercial use.
A New Type of Customized Implant
The scaffolds look a lot like honeycombs. They are light and airy. And there is a good reason for that. They are a very different technology from current breast implants. Scientists designed these delicate but strong scaffolds for a specific reason. The design is “to guide the growth of natural tissue using the patient’s own body fat harvested via liposuction.”
From the 3D Printer: A New Type of 3D Breast Implant-The Scaffold
They created the scaffolds/implants for surgeons to utilize after breast reconstruction, augmentation, or revision surgery. The Resomer polymer “features mechanical properties and a degradation profile that allow the scaffold to absorb at a rate that matches the formation of the patient’s own tissue.” Of course, these new scaffolds will be available in different sizes and shapes. They can be customized and individualized and printed “to match the patients’ needs, BellaSeno said.”
BellaSeno recently obtained ISO 13485 certification for both the design and additive manufacturing of resorbable implants. Likewise, they also are set up to offer “integrated contract additive manufacturing deals from concept and in-house design to manufacturing of prototypes…”
Soon, they will be making the scaffolds for patients in clinical trials and series production. And it won’t be long, according to Plastic Surgery Practice online magazine, before they will be able to market the unique scaffolds to other companies and other countries.
Currently, other companies are doing active research to create their resorbable implants. In turn, they expect such to create 3D printed implants to fit more than breasts. They will be constructed for a wide range of applications.
Textured 3D Breast Implants and Cancer
New technological advances could not come at a better time. Many companies that supply surgeons with breast implants have been inundated with safety problems. In April, you might recall, the government banned several types of macro-textured breast implants. Likewise, they banned implants with a polyurethane coating.
We blogged about the issue of cancer and implants. And Dr. Cicilioni reached out to patients and former patients about the textured breast issue. As you might have guessed, doctors became concerned about the implants and a rare form of cancer, known as anaplastic large cell lymphoma (ALCL). Please check on the article from our previous blogs if you need an update on textured implants and this rare form of cancer.
Fat and 3D Printed Breast Implant Scaffolds: Made for Each Other
It was only a matter of time before 3 D printing technology and fat transference are combined. We’re keeping a sharp eye on this developing story. We plan to keep you up to date on the science of 3D printed breast implant scaffolds and fat transfer.
We would be remiss if we did not close with a final Thanksgiving Holiday comment. Thus, Altiora Plastic Surgery & Medspa send you our best wishes for a Blissful, Blessed and Happy Thanksgiving! From the Altiora family to yours, we sincerely hope you will enjoy some time with your loved ones during the holiday feast.