Researchers at Binghamton University, State University of New York, have found a method to calculate the length to which human skin can be stretched, which could lead to a way to grow new skin and help burn victims.
“Surgeons use a variety of techniques to grow skin for tissue expansion procedures designed to grow skin in one region of the body so that it can be auto-grafted on to another site (sometimes used for burn victims),” said Guy German, assistant professor of biomedical engineering within the Thomas J. Watson School of Engineering and Applied Science at Binghamton University.
The procedure stretches the skin by inflating it with silicone or air under the surface. Skin is stretched during pregnancy (since skin grows more when it need to expand), but if it stretches too much, it can possibly damage the tissue. German’s predictive technique could be used to learn the limit of the skin’s elasticity.
The study also touched on some major points, for example, skin isn’t smooth and actually has small triangular patterns on it. Dry skin has the ability to crack more so than hydrated skin that retains moisture.
What This Means
With the help of the researchers’ findings, the results could help make new medical creams that need to be applied topically, as well as soaps and cosmetics that are used to help burn victims.
“Researchers stretch understanding of skin’s limits,” Binghamton web site, Sept 22 2016; https://www.binghamton.edu/mpr/news-releases/news-release.html?id=2429.