Paul Friedman, MD

Houston Office: 713-900-3900

New York Office: 917-745-5029


Rejuvenating lines and wrinkles that appear between the nose and mouth can be accomplished with results that look natural with the new treatment LAVIV™. Recently approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, LAVIV™ is an innovative cosmetic injectable procedure designed to use your own collagen-producing cells to smooth out nasolabial folds with beautiful results that can last up to six months.

Please contact Dermatology & Laser Surgery Center for more information on LAVIV™.

What is LAVIV™?

LAVIV™ is a new, FDA-approved cosmetic injectable treatment designed to diminish the appearance of nasolabial folds (harsh lines and creases between the nose and mouth). There are a variety of injectable dermal fillers available that can rejuvenate facial lines and wrinkles and provide a more youthful, refreshed appearance; however, the new LAVIV™ treatment is quite unique. Where many other injectable fillers use hyaluronic acid, poly-L-lactic acid, or other substances to smooth out signs of age, LAVIV™ utilizes your own collagen-producing cells (fibroblasts) to increase the amount of collagen and elastin under the skin, working to give your skin a smoother and more youthful appearance.

How does LAVIV™ Work?

Once our dermatologist has evaluated you and determined that you are a candidate for this procedure, a sample of your skin cells will be taken from a small area behind your ear. After these skin cells are sent to a laboratory and more cells have been grown from the initial sample, they will be ready to inject into the area targeted for treatment. Our dermatologist will inject a solution containing the skin cells into the nasolabial folds with a very fine needle. In order to achieve the most optimal results, LAVIV™ is typically administered over a series of about three treatment sessions over a period of several weeks.

Results of LAVIV™ can last up to six months, and the process can be repeated to maintain the effects. You will typically not need to have additional skin cells taken since the original sample can still be used to grow more.

Some bruising, swelling, and redness can be present after LAVIV™ treatment; however, this should dissipate within a few days. As with any injectable cosmetic enhancement, LAVIV™ does carry some risks. One of our dermatologists will go over all aspects of the procedure with you during your initial consultation and help determine if LAVIV™ is the best option for your needs. Patients should also note that the process for growing new skin cells from your initial sample takes about 90 days to complete. However, once there are enough cells for treatment, your LAVIV™ sessions can begin in earnest.

One of the best things about LAVIV™ is that, with a treatment based on your own body’s cell’s production of collagen the results can look completely natural.

Schedule Your Consultation for LAVIV™

If you would like to schedule a consultation for LAVIV™, or if your want to learn about other wrinkle reduction procedures, please contact Dr. Paul Friedman. We will be happy to answer your questions and talk more with you about how this treatment can help you achieve your goals.