What is ReCell®?
ReCell Spray on Skin involves having a biopsy to harvest your own cells, which are made into a solution that can be sprayed onto skin. ReCell is used to regenerate, restore and rejuvenate areas of damaged, scarred or discoloured skin with healthy, new skin.
What is the procedure used for?
ReCell Spray-on Skin is used to improve the appearance of skin that is marked by burns or scarring, pigmented from resurfacing treatments, or for those that have Vitiligo.
Who is the treatment suitable for?
ReCell® has been successfully used to improve the skin of patients with: - acne scars - stable Vitiligo - scars (from trauma, burns, surgery and other causes) - pigmentation from resurfacing treatments such as chemical peels and laser treatments.
What happens during the procedure?
A local anaesthetic is applied so that a biopsy can be taken from your skin (about the size of a postage stamp). The skin sample is placed into a processing unit that separates the healthy growing skin cells which are then suspended in a liquid. The area to be treated is prepared using dermabrasion or a laser to remove the affected part of your skin. The cell suspension is then sprayed over the prepared area and it is covered in a non-adhesive dressing to prevent infection.
What are the side effects or risks?
- Dissatisfaction with your results if expectations are too high
What results can I typically expect?
ReCell is not a quick-fix solution and it can takes months and sometimes years to get the final result. Results are also dependent on the size and condition of the area being treated. You will need to set realistic expectations with your surgeon.
Before your procedure
You will meet with your surgeon and patient coordinator before your surgery to work out if the procedure is suitable for you and the risks and possible complications. The surgeon will confirm what you can expect from the procedure and once you feel you are ready, you can sign a patient consent form.
You will then have a pre-operative assessment between 2-5 weeks before your surgery. A doctor or a senior nurse will review your medical history, take your measurements (height, weight, BMI) and perform a blood and MRSA test to ensure you are fit for surgery.
At Zenith Cosmetic Clinics, our patients are at the heart of everything we do. Having a surgical procedure is an extremely personal choice and only you can make the decision about having the operation. Please take away all the information we give you and spend time going through it. If you have any questions please don't hesitate to ask us for advice - we want you to be happy with your choice.
It is important that you stop smoking at least four weeks before your surgery and four weeks afterwards.
In most cases normal routines can be maintained as long as care is taken not to compromise the treated area. You will have a dressing and bandages over the treated area for at least a couple of weeks as the skin heals.