For Burn Experts, Fish Skin and Plasma Pens Offer Hope
They’re shooting for the scars. In a quest to free burn and injury victims from carrying the marks of their trauma forever, plastic surgeons are exploring some unusual avenues. Iceland and Brazil use the healing properties of tilapia scales to dress wounds, while South Korean scientists make bandages from mussel secretions, and a British company peddles plasma-generating pens. Scar treatment is projected to be a $34.5 billion market by 2025, but doctors caution they still haven’t stumbled on the holy grail that can erase scars altogether.