Latest Innovations in Cosmetic & Reconstructive Medicine: Algae Injectables, High-Tech Skin & Fly Tape

Among the latest scientific innovations in cosmetic and reconstructive surgery are some interesting bio-technology products that use marine algae, molecular engineering and caddisfly larvae for inspiration.

Algae-based injectable filler

One of the most exciting new additions to the wide range of injectable fillers used in cosmetic medicine is Novabel, a unique new product by Merz that was launched in Europe earlier this year.

What sets Novabel apart from the other injectable fillers on the market today is that it is composed of spherical, flexible structures called Geleons extracted from brown marine algae.

This patented Geleon technology purportedly makes Novabel injections smooth, easy to administer and virtually pain-free.  The product’s smooth texture also makes it ideal for filling areas of thin facial skin, such as the lower eyelids and tear troughs.

Another positive difference in Novabel is that it supposedly causes less swelling than other popular temporary injectables, such as Juvederm and Restylane.

Substitute skin for dermal reconstruction patients

Endoform Dermal Template is a brand new, FDA-approved skin substitute product developed by New Zealand research and development company Mesynthes.

Composed of extracellular matrix material designed to regrow skin, Endoform Dermal Template uses a unique mix of biological macromolecules that actively promote cell regeneration and blood vessel formation.  The wound healing applications of Endoform Dermal Template are unparalleled.

The Endoform Dermal Template is the first skin substitute product to released to the U.S. market, and it looks promising as a replacement for skin grafting in burn victims and other patients who have experienced significant skin trauma.

Stronger surgical tape inspired by caddisflies

Scientists studying caddisfly larvae at the University of Utah recently discovered that the design and properties of the silk spun by these insects acts as a sort of “wet BandAid” and could be mimicked to create a stronger surgical tape.

Surgical tape with an increased adhesive bond strength would potentially lower incidence of suture failure in patients who have had a tummy tuck or other plastic surgery procedures.

Scientific discovery and innovation is an important part of development in the field of plastic and reconstructive surgery and ensures the best possible aesthetic outcomes in patients.  That’s why Eugene plastic surgeon Dr. Lee Daniel makes staying up-to-date on all the latest medical research and technology a top priority.

Dr. Lee B. Daniel, Aesthetic Plastic Surgery
244 Country Club Rd
Eugene OR   97401