A new Artificial Organs study has revealed that artificial skin with living hair cells used for dressing wounds can speed up the time it takes for an injury to heal.
The researchers tested the effects of a wound dressing created with hair follicular cells.
The study was led by Jung Chul Kim.
The technique was applied to wound surfaces on mice and the subjects with this biological dressing then produced two times better wound closure than the control set.
This method provides the proper environment for cell attachment and growth, and even doubles up as an effective biodressing to keep wounds moist and maintain structural strength during healing.
"This technique shows promise as a biological dressing that is not only efficient and strong but also can be produced with less time and effort," said Kim.
Because of its expensive price, the use of skin alternates for wound healing has suffered setbacks in recent years.
However, this method of wound dressing improves early-stage wound healing and reduces the time between preparation and patient use.
This study is published in the recent issue of Artificial Organs.