Scientists Create Artificial Cartilage With the Help of New 3D Printer

Babak Azizzadeh, MD, FACS, and director of the CENTER for Advanced Facial Plastic Surgery in Beverly Hills says the new development in artificial cartilage could be revolutionary treatment options for patients seeking both primary and revision rhinoplasty

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The development of the new 3D cartilage printer has the potential to be extremely instrumental in providing patients with a better approach to both rhinoplasty and revision rhinoplasty procedures.

Beverly Hills, CA (PRWEB) December 17, 2012

According to a recent article published in Medical News Today, scientists from Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine have developed a groundbreaking technique in the manufacturing of artificial cartilage using a hybrid 3D printer. The new printer simplifies the cartilage making process and produces a material that is much stronger and resistant to trauma than other forms of artificial cartilage. Babak Azizzadeh, MD, FACS, sees the potential success of the new development in assisting with cartilage grafting rhinoplasty procedures.

“The development of the new 3D cartilage printer has the potential to be extremely instrumental in providing patients with a better approach to both rhinoplasty and revision rhinoplasty procedures,” said Dr. Azizzadeh. “Now that we have the ability to produce a strong artificial cartilage, the necessity of using cartilage grafts from the ear or ribs may be a procedure of the past.”

The printer is made up of two techniques, including an ink jet printer and an electro-spinning machine. The new technology works by combining electro-spun synthetic polymer and a solution of cartilage cells, which are then assembled layer by layer. Scientists have implanted mice with the artificial cartilage produced by the printer and are finding that it is developing properties that are also found in natural elastic cartilage, a very important discovery that could potentially lead to its use in humans.

“Having the ability to grow new, strong cartilage is something that could make revision rhinoplasty procedures improve tenfold,” said Dr. Azizzadeh. “In revision rhinoplasty, structural support of the nose using cartilage framework is key to creating a beautiful and functional nose."

Though the printer is still in its infancy, it continues to provide very promising results and must undergo a significant amount of testing before being introduced to humans, where it could also provide relief in the knee, shoulder, and many other body areas.

Dr. Azizzadeh is a Harvard-trained sub-specialist in nasal and facial plastic surgery that has been recognized as a Top Doctor by the US News & World Report for rhinoplasty. He is one of the leading experts in the fields of primary, revision and ethnic rhinoplasty, and is the author of five bestselling books, including the definitive rhinoplasty textbook entitled “Master Techniques in Rhinoplasty.” Dr. Azizzadeh is double-board certified in both facial plastic surgery and otolaryngology, which gives him a distinctive insight into both the aesthetics and function of the nose.

If you would like further information regarding rhinoplasty and other procedures offered at the CENTER for Advanced Facial Plastic Surgery in Beverly Hills, please call (310) 657-2203 or visit http://www.RhinoplastyNet.com.