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Nanotechnology Applications in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery: A Review

Parks, Joe IV MD; Kath, Melissa MD; Gabrick, Kyle BS; Ver Halen, Jon Peter MD

doi: 10.1097/PSN.0b013e3182701824
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Although nanotechnology is a relatively young field, there are already countless biomedical applications. Plastic and reconstructive surgery has significantly benefited from nanoscale refinements of diagnostic and therapeutic techniques. Plastic surgery is an incredibly diverse specialty, encompassing craniofacial surgery, hand surgery, cancer/trauma/congenital reconstruction, burn care, and aesthetic surgery. In particular, wound care, topical skin care, implant and prosthetic design, tissue engineering, regenerative medicine, and drug delivery have all been influenced by advances in nanotechnology. Nanotechnology will continue to witness growth and expansion of its biomedical applications, especially those in plastic surgery.

Joe Parks IV, MD, is Resident in Plastic Surgery, Department of Plastic Surgery, University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Memphis.

Melissa Kath, MD, is Resident in Plastic Surgery, Department of Plastic Surgery, University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Memphis.

Kyle Gabrick, BS, is Research Assistant in Plastic Surgery, Department of Plastic Surgery, University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Memphis.

Jon Peter Ver Halen, MD, is Assistant Professor at the University of Tennessee Department of Plastic Surgery, and Consulting Physician at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. He is Associate Program Director of the Plastic Surgery Residency. His practice focuses on cancer reconstruction.

Address corresponding to Jon Peter Ver Halen, MD, Department of Plastic Surgery, University of Tennessee, 7945 Wolf River Blvd, Suite 290, Germantown, TN 38103 (e-mail: jpverhalen@gmail.com).

Financial disclosure: none.

Copyright © 2012 by American Society of Plastic Surgical Nurses