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What is AlloDerm?

AlloDerm is a dermal graft/implant material made from donated skin and processed by the LifeCell Corporation. It is strictly regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), as is any other donated human tissue material indicated for transplantation, including kidneys, hearts, corneas, bone and other tissues generously donated by individuals or their families. With AlloDerm, the epidermis, or top layer of cells, and the cells in the dermis are removed from the donor tissue as part of the purification process. All that remains is a collagen framework that provides strength to the skin. AlloDerm contains no cells that can cause rejection or inflammation. Once the AlloDerm graft or implant material is in place, it gradually becomes a natural part of your body.

Is AlloDerm safe?

Yes. The U.S. Tissue Bank rigorously screens all tissue donors' medical records, cause of death and social history. Blood samples are meticulously tested and certified using standards set and licensed by the FDA.

How is AlloDerm used?

Initially, AlloDerm was used as a skin replacement for burn patients. Quickly, plastic, reconstructive, dermatologic, oral and cosmetic surgeons worldwide recognized the benefits provided by this natural soft tissue replacement when used as an implant to repair or replace damaged or inadequate dermal tissue. Since 1992, AlloDerm has been used in more than 30,000 patients.

Some of the benefits of the AlloDerm graft/implant are:

• It is the only graft/implant capable of regenerating normal tissue.

• Since it is human tissue, it cannot provoke any inflammatory response or allergic reaction.

• It is a soft, pliable implant with a natural feel.

• There is no need to harvest tissue from another site on your body.

• It requires a very thin layer when used as a surface graft.

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