What is ReCell?

ReCell™ is an innovative device that enables a doctor to apply your 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, a 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.

Cosmetic surgery medical requirements

From 1 July 2023, new regulations around cosmetic surgery were implemented by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulatory Agency (AHPRA) and the Medical Board of Australia. Please make sure you have read and understood these new reforms when considering your cosmetic surgery


Common names

Spray on Skin

Targeted areas

Any scarred or damaged area of skin on your body.

Procedure Information

Procedure Type



Full results can take 12-18 months. Results are permanent.

Recovery Time

5-7 days to recover from this procedure.

Treatable Area's


How does ReCell™ work?

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. Once applied to the wound, these cells multiply and spread throughout the skin, resulting in increased healing.

What happens 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 1-2 cm 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 to enable the surgeon to separate the cells, allowing them to be easily sprayed onto the skin.

ReCell™ recovery and aftercare

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’re usually allowed to take medication to reduce any discomfort.

After 3-5 days, depending on your reason for having ReCell™, the dressing will be removed by your doctor or clinical nurse. The skin may be red, but your doctor will give you advice about creams you can use and what you should expect after the treatment.

What should you expect in the longer term?

The results following surgery with ReCell™ are dependent on your reason for undergoing the treatment, the severity of your condition, and the ability 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, this may occur slowly over several months as the skin grows, matures and starts to produce pigment (melanin).

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How can we help?

Whether you have a treatment in mind, or you have a condition that you’d like to discuss with one of our professionals, please make an enquiry using this form. Be sure to include your ideal date and time for your appointment

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