What is ReCell ™?
ReCell™ treatment is an innovative device that enables a doctor to apply a patient’s own skin cells, collected from a small sample, to an area that requires re-texturing, healing or the reintroduction of pigment. ReCell™ has been developed by Australian of the Year, Dr Fiona Wood, plastic surgeon and burns specialist.
ReCell™ treatment helps to avoid the formation of scars and can replace old scar tissue or damaged skin with the skin tone and colour of the surrounding tissue.
It can also be used to reintroduce skin colour (pigment) to areas of skin that are whiter than the surrounding skin.
Doctors use ReCell™ to treat acute wounds such as burns, old scars or during cosmetic surgery operations to enhance healing and reduce the formation of scars and blotchy skin.
ReCell™ produces a “Spray Solution” that contains all of the skin cells necessary to promote healthy skin growth. This includes keratinocyte cells that form the basis of healthy skin and melanocyte cells that produce skin colour (melanin). The cells are processed while the doctor prepares the area to be treated and are then sprayed onto the skin by the doctor. Once applied onto the wound, these cells multiply and spread throughout the skin, resulting in increased healing.
What to expect during ReCell™ the procedure?
A small sample of skin (biopsy) is collected from an area close to the skin you want to treat. This ensures the treated area has the same texture and colour as the surrounding skin. The biopsy is collected after you have received medication to numb any discomfort. The biopsy is usually around one to two centimetres (half an inch) square and is also treated with the spray to help it heal properly. While the doctor is preparing the area to be treated, the skin will be placed into the ReCell™ kit. The ReCell™ kit will enable the surgeon to separate the cells, allowing them to be easily sprayed onto the skin.
What to expect after the ReCell™ treatment?
After the procedure, the treated area and biopsy site will be covered with a dressing. The area will initially be numb but may sting soon after the operation. This is normal and you are usually allowed to take medication to reduce any discomfort.
After three to five days (depending on the reason why you had ReCell™) the dressing will be removed by your doctor or clinical nurse. The skin may be red. Your doctor will give you advice concerning what creams you are allowed to use and what you should expect after the treatment.
What to expect over the long term?
The results following surgery with ReCell™ is highly dependant on the reason for undergoing the treatment, the severity of your condition and the nature of your body to recuperate after an operation. It is normal for the pigmentation to take some time to reach its optimum state. If you have had the treatment to reintroduce pigment (e.g. Vitiligo), the re-pigmentation may occur slowly over several months as the skin grows, matures and starts to produce pigment (melanin).
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