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About Surgical Instruments Used in Plastic Surgery

29 January, 2012 | plastic surgery, Surgery Equipment, surgical instruments

Due to developing technologies, the medical field is constantly changing and evolving. As a result, the branch of plastic surgery is advancing at an ever-changing pace. Therefore, it is imperative for medical professionals involved in the specialty of plastic surgery to upgrade their instruments on an ongoing basis to ensure they are best serving their patient population. Plastic surgeons’ decisions are based on years of medical research and they are very familiar with complex procedures when deciding which operations and which surgical instruments to use to perform complicated surgeries.

Whether for medically indicated plastic surgery or elected plastic surgery for aesthetic enhancement, this branch of medicine is wide and varied and there is a large array of precision plastic surgery instruments used. The most common surgical instrument used in plastic surgery is the scalpel, an extremely sharp knife which is used to cut tissue in many procedures. The scalpel comes in many sizes and shapes and there are even new models that pulse very quickly: 50,000x per second; cutting and sealing at the same time.

Another surgical instrument commonly used by plastic surgeons is the skin expander, used to stretch pieces of skin to make them larger, as needed. Also, often used for a number of procedures are forceps, which come in a number of types including: forceps for delicate dressing and tissue, hemostatic, micro, suturing and tissue-grasping forceps.

Surgical scissors also play an important part in the world of plastic surgery, and some of the types of surgical scissors include: delicate dissecting, gum, ligature and stitch and micro. There are also standard needle holders and micro needle holders available.

A representative list of additional surgical instruments used in plastic surgery includes: areola markers, auricular plastic instruments, breast dissectors, breast elevators, breast retractors, cartilage and bone instruments, chisels, gouges, coriotome, elevators, lip and cheek retractors, lip and cleft palate instruments, mallets marking and measuring instruments, maxilla mobilizer, mouth gags, mucosa knife and raspatories, nasal dressing forceps, nasal files and rasps, nasal forceps, nasal retractors, nasal saws, nasal septum forceps, nasal specula, osteotomes, raspatories, rhinoplasty knives, rhinoplasty scissors, septum straightening forceps, suction raspatories, swiss therapy wires and wire instruments.

Also popular are silicone implants used for reconstructive or augmentative plastic surgery and dermatomes; which are surgical instruments used to produce thin slices of skin from a donor area, in order to use them for making skin grafts. One of the dermatome’s main applications is for reconstituting skin areas damaged by burns or trauma.

Surgical lasers are often used, as they make extremely exact, focused incisions with minimal blood loss and the cuts are very precise with minimum tissue damage.

Maintaining all surgical instruments used in plastic surgeries is essential, so it is important to stay on top of all tool repair and reconditioning for top performance.