What is an autologous cellular transplantation?

Autologous transplant or autograft, is a transfer of cells harvested from a normally pigmented body skin area to another area of the body having a pigmentation defect. These cells will take root and multiply in the grafted area and contribute to re-pigmentation
 

A. Taking skin tissue from a healthy area


Under local anaesthesia, a superficial sample of healthy skin will be taken using an appropriate tool (i.e., dermatome). The sampling area will be protected with a greasy dressing and it will take a few days to heal.

B. Recovery of cells from the healthy zone


Using the Viticell® kit, the skin sample will be used by your doctor to extract from it the cells responsible for the re-pigmentation of the skin: keratinocytes and melanocytes.

C. Preparation of the area to be treated


The area to be treated will be first dermabraded, usually using a laser, in order to facilitate the implantation of cells from the skin sample. This intervention is performed under local anaesthesia.

D. Cell grafting

The cell suspension will be then spread over the dermabraded area. The area will be covered with a dressing which will be changed by your doctor at your next visit.

 

Mis à jour le 2016-11-15

 

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