Short Pulsed Electric Fields For Prevention Of Burn Scars, Tel Aviv University Study
Although the proliferation of collagen-producing cells following burn injury is the body’s natural response to trauma, the excessive collagen production leads to the formation of permanent, painful scars. Burn scars secondary to collagen cell proliferation cause intense and ongoing physical and psychological suffering to burn patients who survive the initial destruction of skin and tissue. A recent publication in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology by a team of researchers at Tel Aviv and Harvard Universities details a novel non-invasive technology that mitigates the proliferation of the collagen-producing cells that contribute to scarring. Using short, pulsed electric fields, the researchers showed that debilitating burn scars, which develop due to the overproduction of collagen, can be prevented.