La Viv Autologous Cell Injection Therepy
A Novel Approach to Treating Nasolabial Fold Wrinkles (smile lines).
LAVIV (azficel-T) is the first and only FDA-approved autologous cellular treatment to improve the appearance of moderate to severe nasolabial fold wrinkles in adults. The difference between Laviv and other fillers is that Laviv is from you. "Autologous"
Fibroblasts are responsible for producing collagen, which helps give skin its tone, structure and overall quality. As people age, the number of fibroblasts in their skin decreases and collagen breaks down, resulting in wrinkles and lost skin tone. The patented technology behind LAVIV is an advanced process that extracts a person’s fibroblast cells by taking 3 small biopsies from behind the ear.
The biopsies are then sent to the Fibrocell Science lab, to grow the fibroblasts or collagen injected into your smile lines.
The cells need anywhere from 3 to 4 months to grow and be tested before they are ready to be injected back into your smile lines.
When the cells are ready and have passed all of the FDA tests, our office will contact you to set up the next phase.
The recommended course of LAVIV administration is a series of three treatments, typically four weeks apart.
These injections are very important, and to achieve the maximum benefits, do not skip or miss any of your appointments.
Results vary from patient to patient. Some will see results right away, some will see results throughout the 3 injection periods and some will see results after the last treatment.
"The safety and efficacy of Laviv have been tested by the FDA up to 6 months. Patients that were involved in the clinical trials have found Laviv to last past 2 years. "
LAVIV is made especially for you from your own skin cells. The most common side effects of LAVIV are at the injection site, and may include redness, bruising, swelling, pain, bleeding, lumps, irritation, and itchiness. In clinical trials with LAVIV, most injection-site adverse reactions resolved within one week and most required no treatment
Making the initial Consultation appointment for LAVIV
The first step in starting the Laviv process is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Segal. The consultation fee is $120.00.If you decide to do Laviv , the consultation fee will be applied to total cost of the Laviv treatment. During the consultation, Dr. Segal will help you to decide whether you are a candidate for LAVIV. Before getting LAVIV, tell Dr. Segal if you have any medical problems including allergic reactions to any drugs or food, bleeding disorders or take blood-thinning medicines like aspirin, ibuprofen, or coumadin, keloids or excessive scarring, skin cancer or any malignancy, genetic disorders affecting your skin, immune problems or take medicines that affect your immune system, or any other illness or medical problem.
Please tell Dr. Segal if you are allergic to the antibiotics amphotericin or gentamicin, bovine materials (products made from cattle), or dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO). Do not use LAVIV if you have a skin infection on your face because LAVIV treatment can make the infection worse.
Consent: Dr. Segal requests that you read and sign a consent form before starting the La Viv treatment.
Up and coming research from Fibrocell Science Labs for 2013;
- Phase II program, Laviv for reconstructive burn scars
- Phase III program, Laviv for acne scarring
For more information about Laviv go to http://www.mylaviv.com