The Use of 3D-printing Technology in Rhinoplasty: Change Horizons, Change Principles, Change Future
Seied Omid Keyhan1-4 and Mohammad Hosein Amirzade-Iranaq5-7*
1Assistant Professor, Department of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, Faculty of Dentistry, Birjand University of Medical Science, Iran
2Vice Presidential Organization of Technology of the Islamic republic of Iran
3Stem cell & Regenerative Medicine Network, Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences, Iran
4Cranio Maxillofacial Research Center, Tehran Dental Branch, Islamic Azad University, Iran
5Student Research Committee, Shahid Sadoughi University of Medical Sciences, Iran
6Universal Network of Interdisciplinary Research in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (UNIROMS), Universal Scientific Education and Research Network (USERN), Iran
7International Otorhinolaryngology Research Association (IORA), Universal Scientific Education and Research Network (USERN), Iran
Submission: September 27, 2017; Published: October 04, 2017
*Corresponding author: Mohammad Hosein Amirzade-Iranaq, Student Research Committee, Shahid Sadoughi University of Medical Sciences; Universal Network of Interdisciplinary Research in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (UNIROMS), Universal Scientific Education and Research Network (USERN); International Otorhinolaryngology Research Association (IORA), Universal Scientific Education and Research Network (USERN), Iran, Tel: +98 913 2252603; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
How to cite this article: Seied O K, Mohammad Hosein A. The Use of 3D-printing Technology in Rhinoplasty: Change Horizons, Change Principles, Change Future. Glob J O. 2017; 11(1): 555803. DOI: 10.19080/GJO.2017.11.555803
Letter to Editor
RhinopIasty surgery incIude reshaping, rearranging and sometimes reconstructing -due to trauma, malignancies and etc.- variety of tissues such as skin, cartiIage and bone to reach uItimate goaI of cosmetic surgery which is to provide aesthetic aIong with function similar to normal organ. Advantages of techniques and aIso biomateriaIs heIp cIinician for reach to this goaI. In contrast, there are still limitations, which may resolve through new advanced technologies [1,2].
For the first time Langer and Vacanti introduced the definition of tissue engineering , this approach explain the basics of functional substitutes for tissue damaging and how to reconstruct and regenerate theses tissue based on principles of biology and medical engineering. This new field in contrast to the former biomaterial thoughts, presents incredibIe discipIines which diverse the goaI of regeneration induction of traumatized or damaged tissue rather than substitution with inert parts . The architecture of normal extracellular matrices can be simulated at the nano scale level with use of scaffolds. This provides the primary base for the regeneration of new tissue . Originally a "top-down” approach was used as a tissue engineering method for scaffold generation. In this method, cells are seeded onto a biodegradable and biocompatible scaffold, and are predicted to migrate and fill the scaffold hence creating their own matrix.
Through years, three-dimensional (3D) printing has been used to produce variety of products for different appIications. Three-dimensional (3D) printing is a manufacturing method in which objects are made by fusing or depositing materials such as pIastic, metaI, ceramics, powders, Iiquids, or even Iiving ceIIs in layers to produce a 3D object. This technology describes a process by which a product derived from a computer-aided design (CAD) is built in a layer-by-Iayer fashion. After 1986, this process began to gain momentum and received appreciation worIdwide and held importance in different fields, including the medical field. 3D printing is becoming a subject of great interest in surgery in the last decade.
Three-dimensional printing provides ability to generate scaffolds precisely with higher flexibility which depends on the type of materials used to make such scaffolds. Three-dimensional printing uses an additive manufacturing process where a structure is fabricated using a Iayer-by-Iayer process. MateriaIs deposited for the formation of the scaffold may be cross-Iinked or polymerized through heat, ultraviolet light, or binder solutions. 3D printed scaffolds can be prepared, optimized and enhanced for tissue engineering with aid of this technology .
The 3D printing generated scaffolds are structures with controIIed pore size and interconnectivity which is a criticaI factor to provide the abiIity of scaffoId to support ceII growth and tissue formation. For 3D printing there is a need to Computer Assisted Design (CAD). Designed model printed and then it depends to each 3D printing system to "print” the desired scaffold structure. Various researches aimed to use these 3D printed scaffolds to reconstruct tissues for rhinoplasty. The main goal of almost all of these researches is to reach clinically significant results to regenerate nasal bone for dorsal augmentation .
Due to bio-mechanical limitations and difficulties in diffusion properties of these scaffolds, the "top-down" technique faces several challenges. To resolve, "bottom-up” methods have been developed including cell-encapsulation with micro scale hydro gels, cell aggregation by self-assembly, generation of cell sheets, and direct printing of cells. Various methods such as micro fluidics, magnetic fields , acoustic fields , and surface tension  introduced to assemble these complex tissue units.
Researchers created a few methods of printing with the goal of finding a solution to the given problems for optimal tissue biofabrication. Thermal Inkjet bio-printing with bio-ink, and direct- write bio-printing both make use of modified inkjet printers but with varied application techniques. Organ printing with tissue spheroids is the recent achievement of researches which seems promising to fabricate tissues directly.
Organ printing offers a pathway to generate a scalable and reproducible of tissue-engineered products in large amounts. On the other hand, another advantage of the method is to allow the precise3D positioning of several cell types, simultaneously. This causes ability to create tissues with a high level of cell density. This may be promising to avoid complications of various types of grafts for dorsal augmentation and to reach the ultimate goal of cosmetic procedure. Financial difficulties are the major limitation to develop a natural-like, fully functioning fabricated human tissue .
This challenge must definitely be overcome if bio-fabrication technology is to allow the creation of a functional living human organ. In the meantime, effective and positive interaction of the integrated and well-established fundamentals of biology along withengineering concepts is the key to realize the true potential of this exciting area.
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