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Plastic Surgery International
Volume 2010, Article ID 874348, 4 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2010/874348
Clinical Study

Treatment of Mesh Skin Grafted Scars Using a Plasma Skin Regeneration System

1Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Tokyo Women's Medical University, Medical Center East, 8-1 Kawada-cho, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 162-8666, Japan
2Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Tokyo Women's Medical University, 8-1 Kawada-cho, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 162-8666, Japan
3Division of Cosmetic Dermatology, La Jolla Cosmetic Surgery Centre, La Jolla, CA 92037, USA

Received 7 November 2009; Accepted 18 April 2010

Academic Editor: Adriaan O. Grobbelaar

Copyright © 2010 Takamitsu Higashimori et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Objectives. Several modalities have been advocated to treat traumatic scars, including surgical techniques and laser resurfacing. Recently, a plasma skin regeneration (PSR) system has been investigated. There are no reports on plasma treatment of mesh skin grafted scars. The objective of our study is to evaluate the effectiveness and complications of plasma treatment of mesh skin grafted scars in Asian patients. Materials and Methods. Four Asian patients with mesh skin grafted scars were enrolled in the study. The plasma treatments were performed at monthly intervals with PSR, using energy settings of 3 to 4 J. Improvement was determined by patient questionnaires and physician evaluation of digital photographs taken prior to treatment and at 3 months post treatment. The patients were also evaluated for any side effects from the treatment. Results. All patients showed more than 50% improvement. The average pain score on a 10-point scale was 6.9 +/− 1.2 SD and all patients tolerated the treatments. Temporary, localized hypopigmentation was observed in two patients. Hyperpigmentation and worsening of scarring were not observed. Conclusions. Plasma treatment is clinically effective and is associated with minimal complications when used to treat mesh skin grafted scars in Asian patients.