Using Stem Cells to Remove Burn Scars

Burn scars can occur for several reasons. No matter how you end up with burn scars, one likely thing is that you may want to try and reduce or remove them. 

Several techniques are known to help with any scars that you may have. Some of them you may have heard of, some you may not. 

One method that has been used to treat burn scars is stem cell regeneration. But, how does this work, and what does it do?

stem cells to treat burn scars

Where did the idea come from for a stem cell gun?

Burns may not seem to be too major an issue if you only have a small one. However, if you have a burn that covers more than 30% of your body, then this could actually prove to be fatal. This is why severe burns need to be treated as soon as possible and in the right way.

One common approach that may be taken in treating burn scars is a skin graft. During a skin graft, the skin that is burnt will be covered by skin that has been taken from an area of the body where the skin is not burnt. 

When the burn is more minor, a skin graft can be a viable option. However, when the burn covers a large area, this might not be viable. Not only this but the area where the skin is removed will also be scarred. 

What is the stem cell gun treatment?

An alternative to a skin graft is to have stem cell gun treatment on the burnt areas of the skin. Whilst this treatment is not readily available, seeing as it is a newer approach to take. However, it seems that it has excellent results. 

However, the treatment works in the same way as a skin graft, but rather than cutting the skin away from another part of your body a gun is used to spray your own skin cells onto the patch of burnt skin. 

For this to work, the surgeon will remove a small square sample of healthy cells found in your skin. These stem cells can be found in the basal layer, which is taken within the sample. Unlike skin grafts, the size of the skin that is taken is much smaller. Often only 2cm by 2cm. However, if your burn scar is much bigger, then there is a chance that the sample size will need to be bigger. 

The skin cells will then be mixed with enzymes, in order to separate the skin cells from the stem cells. Once buffered, the cells will be filtered, and a liquid will be created. It is this liquid that is sprayed onto the skin and will contain all the relevant cells that are needed to help the burnt skin to heal. 

If your burn scar is not something that you feel that you want to live with, then the good news is that there are things that you can do to reduce them and make sure that you feel better about the way that you look.

The surgery I chose to improve the look of my scars

My scars cover a large area of my body and for a very long time, I didn’t want to deal with them. I pushed it away and out of sight. But after some time I realized that my scars are hindering my life. In a lot of ways, my scars are keeping me from living the best life.

I know a lot of this has to do with your mindset. In an ideal life, someone’s outer appearance should not play a big role in how they feel about themselves and their life. It might be preventing them from going after the things they want. But in reality, the physical appearance of scars can cause stigma and unsolicited questions and advice from random strangers. And last but not least, seeing your own scars can trigger painful memories of traumatic events.

So I went on a mission to find a scar removal procedure that would work for the type of my scars and make a difference in their appearance. I found a scar surgery that ticked all the boxes. Furthermore, I was provided with photographs showcasing past surgeries of real people, This helped me make the decision to go for it.

My life changed for the better because of this surgery! You can read about my journey in my book Living with Scars

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