Apligraf® is a skin-like, cell-based substance used to treat venous leg ulcers and diabetic foot ulcers. Leg and foot ulcers are spots of tissue where skin breaks down, revealing raw flesh underneath. Often, these ailments start off as varicose veins, a condition caused by increased blood pressure that collects close to the skin. Not only are these ulcers unsightly, but the exposed flesh is also susceptible to infection.
Common treatments include compression bandaging and skin grafts, such as Apligraf. At Advanced Varicose Vein Treatments of Manhattan, Dr. Ronald Lev uses cutting-edge technology to heal varicose veins and diabetic foot ulcers. Here, he discusses one of the latest, most rewarding advancements in the industry.
What Is Apligraf?
Apligraf is not real skin, although it looks and feels similar. It is a skin substitute made up of living cells and proteins, including collagen and human dermal cells. However, some properties of human skin are absent in Apligraf, including hair follicles, blood vessels, and sweat glands. Once the graft is applied, it promotes the growth of cells on the top layer of skin, allowing each patient’s epidermis to replicate naturally.
Who Is a Good Candidate for Apligraf?
Apligraf is a safe and effective treatment for most people with leg and diabetic foot ulcers. However, it is not suitable for people with infected ulcers or an allergy to bovine collagen. Ask your doctor if you are healthy enough to receive skin grafting surgery.
If you are suffering from ulcers caused by varicose veins, Apligraf provides the transformative benefits of skin grafting without removing a section of your own skin. At Advanced Varicose Vein Treatments of Manhattan, their experts specialize in treating all conditions related to varicose veins, employing revolutionary skin treatments that yield life-changing results. Call (888) 356-8346, or visit the website for more information.