Nanotechnology to revolutionise breast implants

Until now, breast implants had the greatest risk of complications and side effects of any medical device. This is set to change through using the latest nanotechnology to produce a viable, and safe, alternative to traditional silicone rubber implants.

The new development is being looked at by nanotechnology researchers who are hoping to use this new technology to create a nanostructured material to rival silicone rubber. The researchers, publishing in the journal WIREs Nanomedicine and Nanobiotechnology write of the risks inherent to the 75% of women who receive breast implants after undergoing a mastectomy. Silicone breast implants have an incredibly high risk of complications with 20-30% of women experiencing complications ranging from psychological diseases to various forms of cancer.

By reducing the size of the components in the materials used for breast implants, the researchers are confident that there will be unprecedented results in the alternative and that the product will dramatically decrease the complications currently associated with the surgery.

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