Cosmetic Laser Dermatology is happy to be one of the first in San Diego to offer LAVIV™,  the first and only FDA-approved therapy that uses your own collagen-producing cells (fibroblasts) to improve the look of your smile lines—for results that are 100% YOU.

Imagine using your body’s own collagen- producing fibroblast cells to improve the look of your smile lines.

Your LAVIV™ therapy is made up of tens of millions of collagen-producing fibroblasts that are cultivated from your own skin samples. The result—LAVIV™ contains at least 98% pure fibroblasts, making every dose of LAVIV™ as unique as you are!

Fibroblasts and Aging Skin

Fibroblasts are skin cells that produce collagen and play a key role in the continued health of your skin. Collagen provides firmness and structure to the skin and is essential in supporting the dermis (or middle layer) of the skin. The dermis is a supportive and elastic connective tissue. It is here where fibroblasts are found.

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The Aging Process

As we age, our fibroblasts reduce in number and the collagen matrix that makes up most of the dermis breaks down. This creates an imbalance that causes the dermis to become less stretchable, less resilient, more lax, and prone to wrinkling. Only LAVIV™ cell therapy is cultivated from your own collagen-producing fibroblast cells and is FDA-approved to be injected into your smile lines—producing results that are exclusively yours!

How Does LAVIV™ Work?

To begin, our physicians at Cosmetic Laser Dermatology will take small skin samples from behind your ear with the use of a local anesthetic. These skin samples are sent to Fibrocell Science, the makers of LAVIV™

At Cosmetic Laser Dermatology, your LAVIV™ therapy is injected into your smile lines over the course of 3 treatment sessions, spaced at intervals of 3 to 6 weeks. Using a small needle, your physician will inject LAVIV™ directly into your smile lines. You will receive 3 injections of LAVIV™, spaced at intervals of 3 to 6 weeks. When patients were assessed 6 months after the third and final treatment, LAVIV™ had effectively improved the appearance of smile line wrinkles.

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Q: Are results immediate with LAVIV™?

A: No, it takes approximately 2-3 months for your injected fibroblasts to promote collagen production and therefore, wrinkle improvement. It is a delayed gratification procedure which means people will only notice that you are looking better.  Not that you had anything done!

Q: What are fibroblasts?

A:  LAVIV™ is made up of thousands of fibroblasts, which are a type of cell in your own body that produces collagen and keeps your skin healthy. With LAVIV™ injections, your skin is actually treated with fibroblasts to help erase smile lines and promote continued skin health.

Q: How long do I have to wait between my skin sampling and the injection series of LAVIV™?

A: It takes approximately 3 months to produce enough fibroblasts for LAVIV™ injection. Time to produce enough fibroblasts vary, usually between 11 to 22 weeks.

Q: Where is LAVIV™ used on the face?

A: LAVIV™ is indicated for injection of smile lines or nasolabial folds. Our physicians at Goldman Butterwick Fitzpatrick Groff and Fabi may use it to correct other wrinkles on the face, or even acne scars.

Q: What are the side effects of LAVIV™?

A: Injection-related side effects are most common with LAVIV™, including bruising, swelling, redness, itching, or pain at the injection site. These side effects are uncommon and mild in nature.

Q: How long does LAVIV™ last?

A: The absolute duration of LAVIV™ is unknown. Clinical studies have demonstrated improvement at 6 months, and it is likely that wrinkle improvement lasts beyond 6 months.

Schedule Your LAVIV™ Treatment Today

Please contact Cosmetic Laser Dermatology at (858) 943-2113 for more information on LAVIV™ Therapy and to schedule a consultation. We are located in the UTC area of San Diego, minutes from La Jolla, Del Mar, and Downtown San Diego. During your initial consultation with our team of world-renowned board certified dermatologists, we’ll be able to better address your needs, goals, and concerns to customize a procedure perfect for you.

For more information regarding LAVIV™, please contact our medical practice today.

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