LAVIV, $3,500 to $4,500 (Avg. cost for initial therapy) The rapid speed at which injectables are evolving makes us think we may never have to look a day over 35. And this newest advancement in the treatment of smile lines/nasolabial folds/marionette lines (call them what you want) is one more step toward this dream. LAVIV is the only FDA-approved (for aesthetic use) personalized cell therapy. Here's how it works: The substance that is injected into your lines is made from your own skin cells. They get the cells from a small skin sample that's removed from your body, and the fibroblasts -- which produce collagen in normal skin -- from that sample are extracted. The fibroblast cells are then multiplied in the "Fibrocell Science lab" over 90 days and frozen until you're ready to use them (you can get multiple treatments out of one sample). Finally, the cells are injected into your skin in three separate treatments three to six weeks apart. Sounds Frankenstein-ish, but it really works.
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