Plastic surgery, famous for transformations, is about to get a makeover. A new product will help reduce, and possibly even eliminate, some kinds of scars.
A new surgical product developed in Tokyo is still in the early stages of use, but doctors predict it could benefit many areas of surgery, including the cosmetic kind.
The product is a biodegradable nanosheet designed to bind tissue after a surgical incision – and to leave no signs of scarring. A nanometer is a unit that measures a billionth of a meter. And this new product, developed by researchers at Tokyo’s Waseda University, only measures 20 nanometers thick.
The nanosheet method is an alternative to the typical suture and ligation method of closing incisions after surgery. According to the Tokyo team, who tested the product on mice, the nanosheet was applied to a series of small incisions along with a polymer called poly-L-lactide, which helped to create an adhesive. The nanosheet technique closed all the incisions without producing any scarring.
The new product is being touted as offering transparency, flexibility and a strong adhesive quality, which, if true, would make it ideal for many kinds of surgeries.