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Plastic Surgical Nursing:
doi: 10.1097/PSN.0b013e3182701824
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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

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Abstract

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.

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