When deciding to have a plastic surgery, do you totally believe that the surgeon’s hands can bring you the perfect result without mistakes? If you are still confused about saying “yes” or “no”, why don’t you think about a robotic surgery? Robotics is a modern technology and today most of the things are being automated with the help of robots. Robotic equipments that are available for the medical industry to use are great and they actually benefit surgical procedures. Therefore, robots should be our best choice for plastic surgery because of these following reasons.
Robotic surgical technology offers an absolute precision of results. The chances of a robot going wrong are very minimal. Robot arms remain steady at all times and robot wrists make it easier for surgeons to work from all kinds of angles – positions surgeons would have difficulty reaching otherwise. Therefore, it permits the surgeon to move instruments with such accuracy that the current definition of surgical precision is exceeded. Robots are possible enough for use in reconstructive and cosmetic procedures that require tremendous precision, such as facelift and eyelid surgery.
The robotic equipments are capable of making tiny and accurate incisions which are highly required in plastic surgery. Small incision brings many benefits to patients such as less bleeding, less risk of infection, quicker recovery, shorter hospital stay and especially less scarring. The patients leave the hospital just about one or two days after the operation. Approximately 90% of patients can return to work or resume full activity in only two to three weeks. The main benefit of small incisions by robots is minimal scarring.
Most of patients having plastic surgeries are women; therefore, they all hopes to have no scars or at least small scars. Breast augmentation is one of plastic procedures needing tiny incisions to minimize scars for female patients. Robots are considered as the best way to do this because even the most dexterous surgeon would be unable to operate through such a small incision. The robot equipments will be free from human limitations. As hours of exacting work can tire anybody, surgeons can become exhausted and experience hand tremors as a result. Even the steadiest of human hands cannot match those of a surgical robot.
Robotic surgery systems are programmed to compensate for tremors, so if the doctor’s hand shakes, the computer ignores it and keeps the mechanical arm steady. And in spite of being one of the top surgeons, he or she is still human being who sometimes will be in the bad moods or stressful, which can affect their surgical performances. More seriously, it can lead to unexpected results due to the carelessness of surgeons. Such tasks requiring high precision like surgical procedures, robots which do exactly what they are programmed without being distracted will become our best choice.
Some people might argue that plastic surgery is like a kind of art because it highly requires aestheticism that only human beings have; robots cannot know what is beautiful and suitable for patients. This view seems to be right on the surface. In fact, these following reasons will make them change their opinions. Firstly, surgeries are very dangerous and difficult tasks which are related to humans’ health and even lives, plastic surgery is not an exception. Therefore, plastic surgery cannot be considered as art because art sometimes includes carelessness or inaccuracy.
Secondly, the essence of plastic surgery is to have innovative thinking, capacity to find new methods and to adopt newer technologies to its benefit. It needs science and robot is one of the greatest inventions that science brings to human life. Finally, with the modern technology, robots will be more innovative with many functions that can totally benefit plastic surgical procedures. One day, with only 1 button or 1 click, an American patient will have a Korean – style nose with the height as she wished.
In conclusion, the robotic technology should be applied in plastic surgeries because of its great precision, tiny incisions and freedom from limits of human. With the continued evolution of robotic surgical technology, the robots are expected to become smaller, faster, lighter and dexterous with exponentially increased application in plastic surgery. I strongly believe that robot will probably be of great technical help, and even allow remote-controlled surgery overseas in the future.