scar removal through Recell
When I was a year old, I accidentally spilled hot tea on my arm. It left a burn scar which is about three and half inches long and two inches wide. Over the years I've done quite a bit of research on treating all kinds of scars, including burn scars and the treatments available are chemical skin peels, tissue expansion, laser surgery, and microdermabrasion. Well, now there is a new proceedure called Recell. This new technique was developed in Austrailia by Dr. Fiona Wood and Marie Stoner. In a nutshell, the old damaged skin is removed and a small sample of the patient's own skin is taken from the patient's own body, which is then replicated to promote new healthy skin cells to the appropriate size, then it is implanted to the wound, where the texture and color are an exact match, resulting in a remarkable outcome.
Quote from the site:
ReCell at a glance
Imagine being able to treat burns, improve scars or smooth irregular coloured areas of your body, leaving minimal scarring, simply by having your consultant spray on your own new skin. This is not a vision for the future - this is available right now. No gimmicks, no catches, no wild claims; just a clinically proven unique culture technology from which hundreds of patients world wide have already benefited.
ReCell is an innovative device that enables a surgeon to apply skin cells, collected from a small sample of the patient's own skin, to an area that needs new cells to ensure appropriate healing, skin texture and skin colour.
ReCell produces a suspension that contains all of the cells necessary to promote healthy skin growth. The spray has cells to promote healing (keratinocytes) and cells that reintroduce colour in scars or areas of excess whiteness (melanocytes).
Avita Medical | ReCell at a glance
See link for more information:
Avita Medical | What is ReCell
I've also included some links of before and after photos of the Recell proceedure.
I would like to undergo this proceedure, but I'd like to get in contact with other people who have already undergone the Recell proceedure. Has anyone here been through the Recell proceedure?
RE : scar removal through Recell
good information about getting free from scar..
Very nice information.Thanks for sharing.
Normal scarring goes through various phases before it reaches maturation. Initially we will have a period of wound healing during which the scar obtains strength and no longer requires sutures for support. Generally this will take one to two weeks. At this point the scar is often quite fine and there may not be a significant amount of pinkness surrounding it.
Next, pinkness increases and there is swelling around the wound such that the scar can become more prominent, thickened and even lumpy. This process will last for a variable period of time that is dependent upon a number of factors which included the genetic predisposition of patient perform bad scars. Other factors that can contribute to poor scarring include infection, bleeding or haematoma formation, excess movement, wound breakdown and delayed healing as well as the location in the body that the scar is made.
There are standard modalities that we apply to all patients to maximise the outcome of their scar. These methods are applied to all of our patients from the smallest procedure to the most complex.
There will still be patients who have difficult scars which may be due to the presence of a problem with healing, excessive movement due to the location on the body or due to a genetic predisposition towards bad scarring.
What causes problem scars:
Problems with wound healing such as infection or wound breakdown causing delayed healing Excessive movement such as around the shoulders and joints of the arms and legs Certain areas have a predisposition for poor scarring such as the skin in front of the breastbone and the upper part of the breasts
Young patients scar more aggressively than adults and the elderly
Many people with poor scars will have a genetic predisposition
How can scars cause problems:
Problem scars can demonstrate a variety of different problems:
Hypertrophic scars: thickened and raised scars that tend to be quite pink and take significantly longer periods of time to lose their colour and flatten than normal scars. They tend to become pink and raised within the first month of surgery. With time they will eventually lose colour and flatten but there are a variety of modalities that we can apply to increase the rate of this maturation and improve the final outcome. These scars are more common in younger patients especially between the ages of six and 20 and genetically susceptible patients.
Widespread scars: these are often the result of fully resolved hypertrophic scars. They are more frequent in certain areas where the is a lot of movement such as around the shoulder, around the joints of the arms and legs and on the back. All patients are at risk of this type of scarring in these locations.
Keloid scars: these scars will often settle quite normally and abnormal changes occur sometimes many months after the initial surgery or even after fairly minor trauma such as a mosquito bite. These scars are the most difficult to treat and have very strong genetic tendency. They are more frequently seen in patients of Asian races and heavily pigmented patients. In these patients the scar actually expands beyond the original wound and spreads into normal tissue. It is frequent for patients to feel that they have a keloid scar or keloid scarring tendency however in the vast majority they are actually suffering from hypertrophic scars. Keloid scars are definitely the most difficult to treat.
Scars can also cause problems because of their location. During normal wound healing, scars shorten in length. If this scar crosses a joint surface then this shortening may limit the amount of movement that can be obtained in a joint before the scar becomes tight. This can create deformity. The same problem can occur across a curved surface such as the breast, nose or angle of the jaw. As the scar shortens it will attempt to travel along the shortest distance between the two ends of the scar. As a result of this, it will act like the string on a bow and either cut into a curved surface creating a contour deformity or create a webbing between the two ends of the scar.
Some scars will heal quite adequately leaving a fairly fine line however there may be a contour change at the junction of the skin edges with either a small groove that may resemble facial line or a prominence.
Some scars, particularly those associated with burn injuries treated by skin graft surgery, will have irregular or uneven surfaces. Irregularities in contour and pigment can also occur with acne scarring. A combination of dermabrasion and ReCell® can be applied for these patients.
Some scars can have pigment abnormalities associated with them. People with Mediterranean type complexions can frequently have hyperpigmentation (increased colour compared with a normal skin). Hyperpigmentation is often the result of sun exposure to fresh healing wounds and may be relatively permanent. For many patients this can be managed with bleaching creams. All patients are capable of also producing hypopigmented scars. This commonly occurs in grazes, burns and cryotherapy wounds associated the treatment of skin cancer by freezing. It can also be associated with injuries such as dermabrasion, the deep skin peels (typically phenol and TCA peels) and Dr Magnusson treats many patients who suffer this after laser treatment. This is a problem that will often slowly reduce in size over time but for other patients will not resolve.
Does this option exist for the public or is it still in testing? I have a hair transplant scar that I would love to get rid of.
Dr. Harold A. Lancer
9735 Wilshire Blvd., The Penthouse
Beverly Hills, CA 90212
If you have any questions regarding scar treatments, just call the above phone number and ask for either Tess or Angeli. I spoke with both of them on the phone and they're very nice and helpful. Just a tip: if you call the office and you reside in the east coast, keep in mind that the office is located in the west coast and there is a three hour difference.
Also, if you're interested in Recell, check out the Aesthetic Beauty Centre, located in the UK:
Aesthetic Beauty Centre
The Old Vicarage
4 Grainer Park Road
Newcastle NE4 8DP
Telephone number: 0191 5672900
I also spoke with the founder, Dr. Ash Dutter on the phone and he's a specialist in scar treatments, as well as hair transplants and he's very good at what he does. Hope this helps and if you have any questions, feel free to PM me. :)
This thread is little old, but has any of you asked for Avita if ReCell would work for you? I have few old scars from broken glass which I would like to get rid off. I consulted a plastic surgeon who offered an excision surgery, but I'm worried about resulting surgery scar as scars to be removed are already quite thin but slightly raised and discoloured. I'm wondering what kind of results ReCell would give if old scars are processed with laser or dermabrasion and ReCell is then applied to wounds? Or could it be used to make plastic surgery scar less obvious? I planning to get something done in the future but I think it would be a good idea to wait for some new methods like ReCell and maybe Juvista become available :)
Here is the address:
Aesthetic Beauty Centre - Newcastle
4 Grainger Park Road
Newcastle Upon Tyne
Also, here is the link for Recell:
You may also want to consider seeing Dr. Harold A. Lancer, a renown cosmetic dermatologist, he is the leading dermatologist for celebrities in Los Angeles. He is a specialist in scar removal, as well as hair loss. You will have to book an appointment weeks in advance and I believe the consultation visit is $100 dollars. He is expensive but all of his clients are very happy with the outcome, so he definitely gets results, and I'm sure he can help you out too. I'm planning to see him soon. Ask for Tess, his head nurse for more information. I've spoken with her and she's very nice and helpful.
Here is his address:
Dr. Harold A. Lancer
The Penthouse @ 9735 Wilshire Blvd.
Beverly Hills, CA 90212
Here is the link for the website, followed by his email address:
Good luck and please keep me posted on your progress. :)
Thanks for info. I'm interested of ReCell and other cell therapies, because I got an impression that they could be used in situations where conventional scar revision surgery is impractical. I think I'll wait until such methods gain more usage and more information about actual results become available. I know it has already been used in scar revision, treatment of vitiligo and reconstruction of skin after failed laser treatments.
I already got one session of MCA dry needling done. It's a procedure where a tattoo gun or similar device is used to cause micro injuries to faulty skin so natural healing process is reactivated. I think it has the same effects as laser resurfacing but without possible complications like additional scarring or hypopigmentation because surface of skin is not destroyed. I heard it could even restore pigmentation to hypopigmented scars.
One session I got has already made scars flatter and they even look thinner now. I don't know about pigmentation because I haven't got a sun exposure after the procedure. I will probably go again because it can be redone multiple times. It doesn't damage healthy skin because it's practically same thing as regular tattooing. Here is a paper describing the process. http://www.karinskorner.net/skin-needling.pdf :)
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