December 2008 brought the news that an almost total face transplant had been
completed in Ohio, America further highlighting the huge improvements that have
been made in the medical sector. More commonly burns and ulcers are the most
frequent causes of wounds that need skin replacement treatment. Skin repair
biomaterials have grown in prominence as a solution to the growing demands being
placed on skin replacement and represent a significant development in the field
of medical science.
Biomaterials for treating skin loss from Woodhead
Publishing comprehensively reviews the variety of biomaterials used for
treating skin loss and examines the technological advances driving market changes.
The basis of skin replacement is discussed from changing medical practice and
regulation to the biomechanics of skin and skin replacement products.
A further examination of epidermal and dermal technologies extends the reach
of this title with the inclusion of specific chapters on alternative delivery
of keratincytes, collagen-based and human origin-based dermal replacement. Additional
chapters also examine the success of combined dermis and epidermal technologies
such as cultured skin substitutes.
With its distinguished editor and international team of contributors, Biomaterials
for treating skin loss is a standard reference for those researching skin replacement
technologies, particularly those interested in treating burns and ulcers.