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Quote Faero Replybullet Topic: Grafting fabrics onto skin
    Posted: April/17/2013 at 4:17pm
Does anyone know if it's possible to remove a patch of skin and replace it with something else, like rubber, latex, plastic, fabric, metal? The idea is to have the body incorporate it and use it as if it were skin.
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Quote JClaude Replybullet Posted: April/17/2013 at 4:33pm
I think it would be nearly impossible, at this time at least, to graft anything other then actual skin to a human body.

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Quote Faero Replybullet Posted: April/17/2013 at 7:36pm
What if you had something with two layers, one solid and one mesh, connected by perpendicular fibres? If you held it in while the scar tissue regrows, it seems like it would grow around the matrix of mesh and fibres. I guess that isn't exactly the same but if you got the solid outer layer flush with the surrounding skin, it might work well enough. Am I being silly or no?
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Quote sh4ky Replybullet Posted: April/18/2013 at 1:17am
The other thing to think about is the bodies propensity to either reject foreign objects in it (same as for some piercings) or treat them like an infection. I don't think what you are proposing would be very successful on many levels. But I'm not a dr so what would I know?!
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Quote PainfullyPoetic Replybullet Posted: April/18/2013 at 12:17pm
That sounds like some scifi stuff to me. But science has come a long way in a short time. Technology is growing at an exponential rate. I'll bet it will be achievable in the next 5 to 10 years.
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Quote AyaMcCabre Replybullet Posted: April/19/2013 at 2:30am
In theory it should be possible to do something like that, but yeah the science isn't there yet. Keep an eye on lab grown skin transplants... that's probably where this sort of thing will have funding. In that field it would be secondary to growing actual tissue though. Something that behaves and feels like skin will always beat something that just looks like skin, from a medical perspective at least.
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Quote Keiran1980 Replybullet Posted: April/19/2013 at 5:14pm
It is possible to get flesh to grow into or through clothing (it happens to people who wear the same garment for months without removing the garment or bathing). It is generally considered a very bad thing from a medical view point.

It is possible to replace parts of the skull with surgical implants from synthetic materials and sometimes this will be left exposed as the surrounding flesh will have been removed. This is a consequence of some specialist surgeries often after a major head wound, it is a major operation.
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Quote Stormchaser Replybullet Posted: July/27/2014 at 4:02pm
What is happening accidentially (fusing of clothes to skin / wounds due to tissue growing into the meshwork), also may work in a planned way.

Medicine tries to avoid this at all cost (or only use things like that temporary to help the natural Skin closing big wounds). Why?

1st: There is a big problem at the edges. While it perfectly works to let skin-underlying tissue grow into meshwork, sealing it into the body, and with a tight surface this will function like skin in aprotective manner - there are edges and sealing SKIN to those materials is pretty hard. But if that is not tight bacteria WILL ENTER, and on the long term, they will kill the transplant by destroying the surrounding tissue.

2nd: Even is this would work (they are getting close, recently for transdermal transplants ...) an artificial skin does not repair itself after damage...


So medicine tries to go to healty normal skin as soon as possible, artificial (sometimes rubber) skin is only a temporary solution to assist healing.


For a bodymod like that the edge problem is the crucial thing. It is not the fuding of any material to the body... it's the question how to make the sealing to the surrounding skin tight in a manner resembling the sealing of fingernails or horns to the skin in nature. And very likely medicine will not explore that too deep. But bodmod experiments like that are quite a bit dangerus.
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