Cosmetic Laser Dermatology in San Diego is one of the first practices in the area to offer LAVIV™ to its patients. LAVIV is the only FDA-approved therapy that uses the patient’s own fibroblasts to reduce the appearance of smile lines.
What Are Fibroblasts?
Fibroblasts are the cells in the dermis (middle layer) of our skin that produce collagen. Collagen is crucial for youthful looking skin as it provides strength and firmness to the dermis. Unfortunately, as we all age the amount of fibroblasts in our skin naturally reduces, leaving our skin looser and more apt to sagging and wrinkling. Wouldn’t it be great if there were a way to replace some of the lost fibroblasts to promote the production of new collagen?
Revolutionary LAVIV Treatment
The cutting-edge, brand new LAVIV treatment is a two-step process that uses your own fibroblasts and stem cell technology to stimulate collagen production and reduce the appearance of smile lines. First, our board-certified San Diego dermatologists use a local anesthetic to take some small skin samples from behind your ear. The skin samples are then sent off to the makers of LAVIV, Fibrocell Science.
A few months later, the harvested fibroblasts, made from your own skin samples, are injected into your smile lines using a small needle. The LAVIV therapy is injected in three separate treatment sessions. The three LAVIV injection sessions are spaced about 3-6 weeks apart, with patients seeing improved smile lines, thus a younger appearance, a few months after the final treatment.
We’re sure you still have some questions about LAVIV, so our expert physicians have answered some frequently asked questions for you here.
Q: What makes LAVIV Therapy unique?
A: LAVIV is the first and only FDA-approved therapy that improves the look of smile lines using your own collagen-producing fibroblasts and stem cell technology.
Q: Is LAVIV only used for smile lines?
A: No. In fact, LAVIV injections are indicated for smile lines, but can also be used by our expert physicians in San Diego to reduce the appearance of other wrinkles on the face or acne scars.
Q: What side effects can I expect from a LAVIV treatment?
A: While there are commonly little to no side effects with LAVIV treatments, there may be some redness, bruising, swelling, itching, or pain at the site of injection that will gradually subside.
Q: Who is a good candidate for LAVIV?
A: LAVIV is often a good treatment option for healthy patients who wish to subtly and naturally improve the appearance of smile lines through minimally invasive means. Because every patient is so unique, be sure to discuss your specific concerns with your doctor during your consultation in San Diego and he/she will help you find the best treatment option available.
Q: Will I see results right away?
A: The results from a LAVIV treatment are not immediate. Because the goal of injecting the fibroblasts is to promote collagen growth, it takes about 2-3 months to see a reduction in wrinkles. The great thing about this is that no one will ever suspect you had work done—they will simply think you are gradually looking younger!
Contact Cosmetic Laser Dermatology today
If you are unhappy with the presence of smile lines on your face, the expert dermatologists at Cosmetic Laser Dermatology are ready to discuss LAVIV with you today. Call us at (858) 365-3621 for more information and to schedule your consultation. Our board-certified dermatologists are leaders in their field and will be able to tailor a treatment plan to your specific concerns to give you the youthful appearance you’ve been dreaming of.
For more information regarding LAVIV™, please contact our medical practice today.
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