Using your own fat, and now cells, to enhance your appearance is all the rage these days. And with the popularity of donating autologous fillers has come new applications and treatments, like with the new personal cell therapy known as LAVIV. Already, it’s showing potential in treating acne scars.
Approved earlier this year by the Food and Drug Administration to improve the appearance of nasolabial folds, LAVIV is essentially lab-multiplied, collagen-producing fibroblasts made from a biopsy of a patient’s skin.
“These collagen-producing cells are injected underneath and around facial distensible acne scars and they can permanently improve the depth and appearance of the scars,” says Charlotte, NC, dermatologist Gilly Munavalli, MD, a clinical investigator for the study who recently presented at the annual meeting of the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery in Washington, D.C.
Unlike the harsher laser resurfacing treatments currently used to treat acne scars, LAVIV can smooth skin depressions with minimal downtime and no risk of pigmentary changes. Other fillers can offer similar benefits, but the results don’t last as long. “Hyaluronic acid fillers can also be used for correcting distensible acne scarring,” Dr. Munavalli says. “These can be effective with minimal downtime, but typically last for four to six months.”
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