I Am In Awe Of How Quickly Technology Is Advancing! This Printer (Yes, Printer!) Could Radically Change Breast Reconstruction

A game-changer is on the horizon for breast reconstruction. Scientists have modified a typical 3D printer to print out real breast tissue — made from real human cells! Instead of using ink, scientists inject tissue cells into a cartridge to print out live breast tissue. Their first product? Rebuilding the nipple. This new technology is in clinical trials now, but it’s slated to be available to plastic surgeons everywhere in the new few years.

In the following video, you’ll learn more about this fascinating new procedure, and also hear from Valerie, a breast cancer survivor. Watch now!


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C. Kramer is back in the Mitten State after a brief residency in the Sunshine State. She has an adorable dog-child, and enjoys reading, writing, going to the theatre, and finding pins on Pinterest. Her mother is a breast cancer survivor.