LAVIV is a type of treatment that can reduce the appearance of smile lines, or the lines or folds that form on either side of the mouth as a person gets older. The treatment is approved by the FDA, and involves injections into the smile-line area over the course of three doctor’s visits, which take place between three and six weeks apart from each other.
The substance injected is made especially for each patient using a sample of his or her own skin cells. The likelihood of having a serious negative reaction to the treatment is relatively low, and its side effects are typically minimal. The patient might experience such side effects as bruising and swelling at the site of the injection. Among the patients in LAVIV’s clinical trials, these and other negative effects usually cleared up on their own. If a person is interested in LAVIV as a cosmetic treatment for wrinkles, he or she should contact a qualified medical professional for more information about its potential risks and benefits.