LaViv represents the next generation of skin treatments using your own body's cells. Currently LaViv is only FDA approved for treatment of the nasolabial folds, but the company is trying to get FDA approval for treatment in the rest of the face for an indication for acne scars and fine lines.
The process for LaViv is very time consuming and "high-tech". A skin biopsy is taken from behind the ear and sent over to the company's lab. Fibroblasts are separated and grown in culture, a process that usually takes about 3 months. When your cells have sufficiently grown they can be ordered back from the lab. The cells are injected back into your skin where they will continue to grow, secrete collagen, and stimulate other fibroblasts in yor skin to do the same.
LaViv is the latest breakthrough in skin science and is showing promise. In my practice, I do not think it is the best possible value for nasolabial folds. I do think it could represent a really good treatment option for patients with acne scars and fine lines on the face. Currently there is no really good treatment for fine lines caused by skin thinning. It might also be a good option for patients with very thin under eye skin and fine lines.