Laviv Review: New Dermal Injectable Uses Stem Cell Technology

by Marisa Amorasak

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Stem cell research is a controversial topic in the medical field. While some critics argue that toying around with human embryos goes against utilitarian values, the fact that stem cells could potentially help millions of people can’t be ignored. Presently, stem cell technology is used to treat cancer patients whose existing cells are destroyed by chemotherapy. Research has suggested that stem cells also have the potential to treat brain damage, hair loss, blindness, birth defects, diabetes, and infertility.

LAVIV™ Approved by FDA for Nasolabial Folds

Stem cell therapy also has cosmetic applications. In June 2011, the Food and Drug Administration approved a dermal filler that utilizes the cell technology. LAVIV™ is approved for the treatment of nasolabial folds, or the smile lines that run from the sides of the nose to the edge of the mouth. The technology behind this advanced injectable is quickly making it one of the most talked about anti-wrinkle treatments in years.

The LAVIV™ Process

LAVIV therapy starts when a certified cosmetic professional takes a biopsy from behind a patient’s ear. He or she specifically collects fibroblasts, which are cells that contain collagen. The biopsy is harvested for about three weeks and then frozen before being injected into a patient’s skin. Most experts recommend three separate sessions of LAVIV, spaced three weeks apart. In all, the LAVIV process takes around nine weeks to complete.

LAVIV injections are mildly painful, and some professionals may choose to use a topical numbing cream. Mild soreness, bruising, and redness may occur for a couple days after LAVIV. The results of LAVIV will last around eight months.

LAVIV™ vs. Botox

LAVIV is already being compared to other injectables, including top dog BOTOX® Cosmetic. Botox and LAVIV are both anti-wrinkle injectables—and that’s where the similarities end. LAVIV is considered a dermal filler, which means that it adds volume to the wrinkle to make it disappear. Also, LAVIV has only been FDA-approved for nasolabial folds. Botox, on the other hand, is regularly used on many facial wrinkles but not usually recommended for wrinkles in need of a fill—like nasolabial folds. Plus, Botox works by temporarily paralyzing the muscle contractions that cause wrinkles. It’s not technically a dermal filler.

LAVIV is more accurately comparable to Restylane and Radiesse. Both of these dermal injectables use ingredients that add volume and elasticity to the skin. They have been used with success in nasolabial folds, undereye circles, and even lip augmentation. Remember, LAVIV is currently only approved for nasolabial folds. It’s possible that as more research is completed, it will be used in more applications.

Scheduling Your LAVIV™ Consultation

While the LAVIV process is rather involved, many youth-minded patients prefer it to other injectables because of it’s autologous (taken from your own cells) properties. There’s virtually no chance of a reaction, and long-term effects are eliminated because no foreign substances are being introduced into your body. If you have been wanting to take a step toward a more youthful appearance but the idea of synthetic ingredients scared you away, LAVIV may be right for you. Contact our representatives today, and they’ll set you up with a free consultation with a cosmetic professional in your area. During you’ll consultation, you’ll have the opportunity to learn more about LAVIV and if it’s right for you.

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