The survival of cells shooting out of the SkinGun is instrumental, since cells “Injured” in the process of spraying might not grow properly.
Dr. Robert Glatter, an emergency physician at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York, believes CellMist and SkinGun are promising, based on his knowledge of existing studies as well as one ongoing human trial in Argentina using stem cells to heal wounds.
Though a lot of stem cell research for use in healing burns is happening now, “Unfortunately, there are very few big randomized controlled studies to date,” noted Dr. Tom Rohrer, a dermatologic surgeon and board member of national organizations including the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery and the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery.
“Researchers have used stem cells from bone marrow, fat and skin cells,” said Rohrer, who is not affiliated with RenovaCare. Not only is the SkinGun an effective treatment for burns and other skin disorders, according to Bold, the scarring is also minimal compared with grafting. New techniques using stem cells address these issues, he said.
Stem cells functionally work better: “If you burn your shoulder and you used a stem cell technique, it would look the same as the skin on your shoulder. It would not appear different.”