This New Product May Play a Big Role in the Future of Breast Lifts
As women age and enter their 40s, 50s and beyond, gravity and a loss of collagen and elastin can cause the breasts to sag, which can affect how a woman's body looks overall and lower her self-confidence. A temporary fix to lift the breasts is a great bra, but once it comes off, nothing can be done to lift them up except a surgical procedure, such as a breast lift or augmentation.
A breast augmentation with implants can help correct the sagging and improve your look, but there's a new treatment on the horizon that could offer an even better solution. Enter GalaFORM 3D, a type of scaffolding that can be placed in the breasts via surgery to make the existing breast tissue stronger and give the breasts a natural-looking lift.
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Galatea Surgical, the brand's parent company, recently announced that GalaFORM 3D received FDA-clearance for use in plastic surgery. According to the company, it is currently the only three-dimensionally contoured, surgical scaffold with a reinforcing rim designed to uplift the body's natural shape, provide easier placement and reduce procedure time.
The material is biologically derived (made of a natural substance taken from living organisms such as cells and tissues) and has a "unique mechanical property that allows it to be molded and formed into 3-D shapes," providing plastic surgeons with a good potential option for lifting the breasts.
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"GalaFORM 3D is a bioresorbable scaffold that is based on poly-4-hydroxybutyrate (a strong, yet flexible, absorbable material)," says Vero Beach, FL, plastic surgeon Alan J. Durkin, MD. "This specific scaffold has been used in the past for hernia repair with good success, and has now been adapted for use in the droopy breast. We are eager to see how it performs in practice, as the biologic scaffolds currently in use, while effective, are prohibitively expensive. Plastic surgeons have been searching for an affordable internal breast scaffold for the last 50 years, and we all are hopeful that GalaFORM will fill that role."
Dallas plastic surgeon William P. Adams, also commented on the new product. “Scaffolds play an important role in aesthetic surgery, where we deal with rejuvenating weakened tissue. We have studied soft-tissue support products through the years, but they are much different; they don’t add long-term tissue strength and aren’t as biocompatible. Galatea scaffolds are made of an easily absorbable monofilament, rather than a multifilament, which reduces infection. GalaFORM 3D is a novel scaffold with out-of-the-box shape to better fit the patient’s natural curves. I’m looking forward to using this game-changing 3D scaffold in my patients that require soft tissue support.”