Biomaterials in Plastic Surgery

Biomaterials in Plastic Surgery

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Employed for both cosmetic and reconstructive purposes, breast implants are one of the most widely-used and controversial prostheses available. The development of safe, reliable products is vital to the future of this important field of surgery. Biomaterials in plastic surgery reviews the history, materials and safety issues associated with breast implants. Beginning with an introduction to the history of biomaterials used for breast augmentation, Biomaterials in plastic surgery goes on to discuss development issues. It then discusses the chemistry and physical properties of biomedical silicones before reviewing cohesive gel and polyurethane foam implants. The book concludes by analysing the epidemiological evidence on the safety issues relating to breast implants, followed by a review of retrieval and analysis of breast implants emphasizing strength, durability and failure mechanisms. With its distinguished editors and international team of expert contributors, Biomaterials in plastic surgery is an important guide for surgeons, manufacturers and all those researching this important field. Comprehensively examines the history, materials and safety issues associated with breast implants Provides an overview of the history of biomaterials used for breast augmentation and goes on to discuss the development and chemical and physical properties of biomedical silicones Reviews cohesive gel breast implants and polyurethane foam breast implantsBecause of this high complication rate, the popularity of breast augmentation surgery progressively declined until 1963, ... It has been a stormy course, with many exciting advances and many bitter disappointments (Peters, 2002). ... in thickness from 0.075 to 0.75mm, enclosing a known volume of silicone gel, ranging from 80cc to 800cc (Bondurant et al., 1999). The elastomer was composed of extensively cross-linked high molecular weight components, together with 16.4% to 26.9%anbsp;...

Title:Biomaterials in Plastic Surgery
Author:W Peters, H Brandon, K L Jerina, C Wolf, V L Young
Publisher:Elsevier - 2012-07-02


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