Isolagen for Hypertrophic Scars from Hidradenitis Suppurativa?

Can Isolagen be used for hypertrophic scars from hidradenitis suppurativa?

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Hidradenitis suppurativa scars on the armpits

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Chronic inflammation has worsened this scar.  I would recommend a combination of IIT, intralesional therapy, laser, and pressure treatment for these scars. 

Promising Results with Isolagen

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Hopefully a white knight will rescue Isolagen. It is presently in bankruptcy. This may be too bad since they have developed very interesting technology.

In the Isolagen technique, a biopsy is taken from behind the ear. The specimen is sent off to the Isolagen laboratory where fibroblasts are isolated and grown. When ready, the patient's own fibroblasts are sent back and injected into the desired areas.

In a few cases this was done to contractures, scars and burns. The results were sometimes amazingly successful. For instance, in one case, a woman had sustained a thick scar following a burn. She had not been able to use her arm for twenty years or so. Using Isolagen technology, her fibroblasts were injected. Gradually, it softened the scars, unleashed the bands and the woman was again able to use her arm.

Arnold R. Oppenheim, MD
Virginia Beach Dermatologist

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