A Pakistani doctor has developed an artificial yet affordable skin, which can be used by acid attack victims in the country. The breakthrough provides a new lease of life for the acid attack victims in Pakistan where thousands of women annually sustain the acid injuries and end up giving up on life.
Dr. Rauf Ahmed who works at the Burns Centre of Jinnah Hospital in Lahore claimed that he has created a sample of the artificial skin which is close to the natural skin in contrast to the synthetic or chemical-based skin. Similarly, there are certain cons of the synthetic skin as it does not merge easily with the human cells, also it is also not as durable as the natural skin is.
On the other hand, the biological skin feels almost like real or human skin, it does not feel like something unnatural or synthetic. According to Dr. Rauf, the artificial skin could be created from removed human skin or that of cow or buffalo. Moreover, it is much cheaper than the synthetic skin.
During the procedure, the first layer of the skin is first removed using different chemicals, which is meant at removing viruses and pathogens as well as ruling out resistance to the artificial skin. The artificial skin is then cleaned and sterilized through a machine process.
Nonetheless, the only drawback of the artificial skin created is that it has issues merging with the human cells, which may create issues in the durability of the skin. The price tag of the artificial skin is under $100.
Interestingly, the artificial skin has been approved by the US food and drug administration as it has been used successfully on at least 18 patients.