Avita ReCell: Product Review
by Trudi Schrieber
Avita ReCell’s Spray-On-Skin is a procedure that uses your own skin cells to treat skin defects such as wounds, burns, and scars. One of the advantages of Avita ReCell is that it provided better results and faster healing than traditional skin grafting when tested on burn victims.
Is it really “spray-on skin”? Well, yes. During the process, your surgeon collects a small sample of your own skin. Then, your skin cells are re-applied to the damaged area, using a simple spray. These healthy skin cells include an appropriate mix of cells needed for healing and regeneration—keratinocytes, fibroblasts, and melanocytes.
When undergoing the Avita ReCell procedure, the patient is usually treated at a hospital, under general anesthesia. The surgeon conducts a small biopsy of the skin near the area that needs to be treated, in order to ensure that as the damaged skin heals, it will regain coloration similar to the healthy skin around it. The doctor then places the healthy skin into the ReCell kit, which reactivates the cells and turns them into a spray that is then used on the area of the biopsy, as well as the damaged skin being treated. The healthy skin cells in the spray regenerate quickly, creating a fresh, healthy layer of skin over the wound site. After the procedure, patients will keep the wound site and the biopsy area covered with dressings for approximately one week.
Benefits of Avita ReCell
In tests, patients showed rapid recovery after ReCell procedures, and less pain sooner than patients undergoing traditional skin grafting surgery (when an area of skin is removed from one part of the body and reattached to another part). Additionally, skin looks more natural after ReCell than after traditional skin grafting, because skin cells are not transplanted from a different part of the body, but rather taken from near the wound site. Because healing occurs quite rapidly, patients undergoing ReCell treatment have a reduced risk of deformity from the healing process.
Avita ReCell Risks and Side Effects
After ReCell surgery, patients can expect to see redness and scabs. These are normal side effects that usually subside quickly. Although ReCell is a significant step forward in cosmetic skin treatments, most patients still require general anesthesia when undergoing the procedure. As with any surgery requiring general anesthesia, there are risks involved. Patients could have an allergic reaction to the anesthesia, and it could range from mild to life-threatening. Patients are also at risk of infection, as with any surgery. Additionally, the treatment is relatively new.
Avita ReCell can be used to treat a wide variety of skin wounds and disorders. ReCell can be used on wounds, scalds, burns, scars, and hypopigmentation disorders such as Vitiligo. Cosmetic surgeons also can use ReCell to speed the healing process after operations or skin treatments such as laser resurfacing and dermabrasion. ReCell is not yet available in the U.S., but is undergoing testing for FDA approval.
To learn more about Avita ReCell and other skin rejuvenation options, you can contact Healthy Skin Portal today and arrange a free consultation with a local skin care specialist.
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