Hypertrophic Scars, Treatment.



Hypertrophic scars

Hypertrophic scars occur when the body overproduces collagen, which causes an area of fibrous tissue to replace normal skin and is a natural part of the healing process

These scars take the form of a red raised lump on the skin and do not grow outside the wound area, and are not as prominent as Keloid scars. They are also minimised by the use of a pressure garment.

I believe that my scars were also helped by the liberal application of Aloe Vera Gel prior to putting the pressure suit back on after bathing.


A recently developed Spray-on Skin Cells process invented by Dr Fiona Wood, head of the Royal Perth Hospital Burns Department shows great promise in the treatment of extensive full thickness burns, which will greatly reduce the occurrence of scarring in burns patients

In 1992 a schoolteacher was admitted to the hospital with petrol burns to 90% of his body and Dr Wood used the newly invented US technology of Cultured Skin to save his life.
Working with scientist, Marie Stoner, they moved from growing sheets of skin to producing sprayable skin cells, and gained worldwide acclaim.

Dr Wood had found that burns scarring is greatly reduced if covering skin can be provided within 10 days
Previous techniques needed 3 weeks to produce enough material to cover major burns, but Dr Wood has reduced that to five days by culturing small biopsies into larger volumes of skin cell suspensions.
recell kit
The sampling kit sent out for surgeons to take a biopsy
and grow it into a larger volume of skin cell suspension
These spray-on skin cell suspension kits are being used by
surgeons in Australia, New Zealand and Great Britain.

Skin Cell Spray Gun
A Prototype Skin Cell Spraygun currently being developed

Very reminiscent of a scene in the Film 'I-Robot'

i-robot






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