Dr. McDaniel is pleased to be one of the first in the nation to offer a groundbreaking new way to rejuvenate your skin- LaViv®. LaVív® uses a patient’s own natural skin cells to soften smile lines to renew and rejuvenate aging skin as well as other applications such as improving acne. FDA approved for smile lines, LaViv® may also be used off label for other lines and wrinkles on the face including upper lip lines (barcode lines) and crows feet.
LaVív® uses your body’s own skin fibroblast cells, (the cells responsible for producing collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid) which are prepared from a small skin sample removed from behind the ear. This sample is then sent to the Fibrocell laboratory and through a special process the cells are expanded into tens of millions of new cells over a period of about 90 days. The cells are then frozen and shipped to our Virginia Beach location as needed when treatments are scheduled (or the cells may be stored in their cell bank for future use). After these cells arrive at the Cosmetic and Laser Center in Virginia Beach, they are then injected back into the patient’s skin using a tiny needle.
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Typically three treatment sessions are performed about 1 month apart. Results begin to appear gradually as the cells produce new collagen as well as other structural proteins needed to repair and renew the skin. The company is actively engaged in ongoing clinical trials to expand the applications.
Note that the recent introduction of fractional lasers such as the Fraxel® Erbium 1550 nm laser now allow treatment of many patients with skin of color, however, LaVív® is a new important option for patients who for various reasons cannot be safely or effectively treated with current lasers. Acne scar patients who have seen a good response with the newer lasers or other therapies- but who still have remaining scars- may also benefit from LaViv®.
LaVív® has an excellent safety record in extensive clinical trials with most side effects being very mild and transient ones related to injections such as mild bruising or temporary redness or swelling. The procedure is performed in the doctor’s office. No anesthesia or drugs are required although topical numbing or ice may be used. There are some patients whose cells for various reasons may not expand sufficiently in culture to provide enough cells for injection and there is some variability in response to treatment. LaViv® received FDA approval June 22, 2011 to treat the appearance of moderate to severe nasolabial fold wrinkles (smile lines) in adults. In the spring of 2012, another LaViv® breakthrough product will become available- an individualized facial anti-aging lotion made from the growth factors produced by your own cells.
The use of the proper injection technique is vital to obtaining the best possible result. The LaVív® injection technique is very superficial and different than the techniques currently used for other popular volume fillers such as Juvéderm®, Restylane®, Radiesse®, Sculptra®, etc. Unlike these fillers, LaVív® results appear gradually over several months but they are produced by your body’s own cells and can last much longer than traditional fillers. Patients have reported maintaining their youthful look for as many as seven years without further treatment, while conventional fillers require periodic refreshing.
As one of the first sites in the nation to be able to offer LaVív®, we are pleased to have been involved in the development and testing the last seven years here in Virginia Beach and to be able to share this expertise with our patients. Dr. McDaniel is a national physician trainer and his Virginia Beach Center is a training site for the LaViv® technique. A personal consultation and evaluation is needed to determine if a person is a good candidate for this treatment.
If you wish to have a consultation with me or are interested in learning more about the procedure please call or email us. We are all very excited about this new treatment option!