The Clinical Efficacy of ReCell® Autologous Cell Regeneration Techniques Combined with Dermabrasion Treatment in Acne Scars

Aesthetic Plast Surg. 2020 Apr;44(2):535-542. doi: 10.1007/s00266-019-01481-8. Epub 2019 Aug 26.


Objective: To evaluate the efficacy of ReCell® autologous cell regeneration techniques combined with dermabrasion treatment on the therapy of acne scars.

Methods: We analyzed retrospectively 78 patients with acne scars who presented to the Department of Plastic Surgery at Peking Union Medical College Hospital from May 2015 to May 2017; 30 patients were treated with dermabrasion (Group 1), and the other 48 patients were treated with ReCell® autologous regeneration techniques combined with dermabrasion (Group 2). Efficacy was evaluated through self-evaluation of the patient, third-party evaluation and photographs taken before and after treatment. The wound healing time and postoperative complication rate were also recorded.

Results: The study revealed a significant difference in healing time (P < 0.001) between patients treated with dermabrasion (Group 1) and patients treated with ReCell® autologous regeneration techniques combined with dermabrasion (Group 2). The average healing time of Group 1 was 12.30 ± 1.725 days, while the average healing time of Group 2 was 5.27 ± 1.086 days. In Group 2, patient self-evaluation and third-party evaluation were more satisfactory than those of Group 1 (P < 0.001). Moreover, there were no postoperative complications in Group 2 such as pigmentation and scar hyperplasia.

Conclusion: The ReCell® technique is simple, minimally invasive, biocompatible and effective in the treatment of acne scars. It can shorten healing time and reduce the occurrence of postoperative complications, thereby providing a safe and effective treatment approach for patients with facial acne scars.

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Keywords: Acne scars; Dermabrasion; ReCell®.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Acne Vulgaris* / complications
  • Acne Vulgaris* / therapy
  • Cicatrix* / etiology
  • Cicatrix* / pathology
  • Cicatrix* / therapy
  • Dermabrasion
  • Humans
  • Retrospective Studies
  • Treatment Outcome