ReCell™ Spray-On -Skin Aids Burns Recovery, Scar Removal
|Also known as:||Spray on Skin|
|Great for:||Burns, Scars, Pigmentation Loss|
Please read all of below before attending your consultation and to assist you in understanding the procedure:
Absolute Cosmetic Medicine uses unique ReCell™ technology to provide services including skin treatments, tattoo removal and mole removal in Perth and throughout our clinics in Western Australia.
What is ReCell™?
ReCell™ 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™ 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 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 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 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™ are dependent 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 (eg Vitiligo), the re-pigmentation may occur slowly over several months as the skin grows, matures and starts to produce pigment (melanin).
Treating Scars from Trauma, Acne, Skin Cancer or Surgery
Scars are generally the result of healing with the excess growth of tissues called collagen, rather than the growth of the normal cells found in the skin called keratinocytes. Doctors may use ReCell™ to replace the damaged cells with more normal skin cells (mainly keratinocytes) so that the skin looks and feels more normal. Melanocytes are also useful in restoring normal skin colour to old scars. So far, doctors have used ReCell™ to treat all types of scars, including those from burns, trauma and surgery.
Treating Vitiligo, Sun Damage and other Hypopigmented Skin Areas
Hypopigmented disorders such as Vitiligo result in patches of abnormally white skin and are the result of a lack of pigment cells called melanocytes. There are many different reasons why these cells are missing. Melanocytes can be transplanted from an area of ‘normal’ colour to an area of hypopigmentation. If transplanted at the same proportion as normal skin, the resulting skin can be the same colour as the surrounding skin.
Preventing Complications from Cosmetic Procedures
Many cosmetic procedures involve the removal of the top layer of skin to eliminate wrinkles, skin blotches and other skin imperfections. Such procedures, including laser resurfacing, deep peels and dermabrasion, can result in significant redness for prolonged periods of time and are at risk of white patches and scar formation. Doctors may recommend the use of ReCell™ to reduce the amount of swelling and redness in the first days after an operation and to reduce the risk of scar formation. The application of colour skin cells (melanocytes) may also result in more normal coloured skin.
Assisting with Tattoo Removal, Mole Removal and Skin Cancer Removal
Lasers and dermabrasion can also be used to remove tattoos, acne scars, moles and skin cancers. In these cases, ReCell™ may be effective in reducing post-operative swelling and redness and will help to make the resulting skin as close to normal as possible.
Information courtesy of ReCell™
Find Out More Benefits
Download the Recell™ brochure for more information about the benefits and uses of this spray on skin technology or contact Absolute Cosmetic Medicine to book a consultation.
*Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.