Breast implants get a high-tech update
As technology continues to improve at exponential rates, it's no surprise that it would soon trickle over into the world of plastic surgery. From laser sculpting to virtual 3-D imaging, surgeons and their patients are increasingly benefiting from innovative digital tools to enhance the plastic surgery experience. Now, a French and Belgian company has taken plastic surgery - specifically, breast implants - to a whole new level.
According to the New York Daily News, researchers at Establishment Labs, in conjunction with the medical identification provider Digital Angel Corporation, have designed a breast implant equipped with a microchip. While it might seem like a set piece right out of "Blade Runner," company officials assure that the new device has the feel of natural breasts.
The new implants will improve patient-doctors relations by providing both more access to information while also increasing patient safety, stated the company's press release. Called the Motiva Implant Matrix Ergonomix, the breast implants come embedded with a radio frequency identification (RFID) carrying a serial number, manufacturer names, date of manufacture and other information. This will help doctors in determine the make of their patients' breast implants in case of complications or emergencies. Doctors will have access to the information, which can be read from outside the patient's body, via a handheld remote.
"We are already in final talks with the biggest groups of clinics in Europe to provide the highest degree of safety, which patients have been rightly demanding after the recent breast implant scare in the EU," Establishment Labs CEO Juan Jose Chacon-Quiros said in the statement.
The implants are set to be commercially available in 28 European cities in November. The company added that it is currently seeking approval from foreign markets, such as Asia, South America and the Middle East. There is no word yet if the microchipped implants will reach the U.S. in the near future.