Somatic Cells for Wrinkles

San Francisco plastic surgeon, Dr. Miranda is proud to offer the latest injectable treatment in wrinkle-fighting technology, LAVIV™ (azficel-T) in San Francisco.

LAVIV™ (azficel-T) is the first and only FDA-approved therapy that uses your own collagen-producing cells (fibroblasts) to improve the look of your smile lines—for results that are totally unique to you.

Fibroblasts are skin cells that produce collagen and play a key role in the continued health of your skin.

Collagen provides firmness and structure to the skin and is essential in supporting the dermis (or middle layer) of the skin. The dermis is a supportive and elastic connective tissue. It is here where fibroblasts are found.

As we age, our fibroblasts reduce in number and the collagen matrix that makes up most of the dermis breaks down. This creates an imbalance that causes the dermis to become less stretchable, less resilient, more lax, and prone to wrinkling.

(Composition of the skin)

1. Skin Sample Taken

Dr. Miranda will take small skin samples from behind your ear with the use of a local anesthetic.

2. Creating Your LAVIV™

Your skin samples are sent to the FDA-inspected Fibrocell Science manufacturing facility, where they are expanded into millions of new fibroblast cells to make your LAVIV™.
All of your cells are cryopreserved (frozen) and those that are not immediately used are stored at Fibrocell Science’s FDA-inspected manufacturing facility for future use.
Your LAVIV™ fibroblast cell therapy is ready in about 3 months. It will be shipped directly to Dr. Miranda’s office and will arrive on the same day as your first LAVIV™ treatment session.

3. LAVIV™ Personalized Treatment Sessions

Using a small needle, San Francisco plastic surgeon, Dr. Miranda, will inject LAVIV™ directly into your smile lines. You will receive 3 injections of LAVIV™, spaced at intervals of 3 to 6 weeks. When patients were assessed 6 months after the third and final treatment, LAVIV had effectively improved the appearance of smile line wrinkles.

It is very important that you arrive on time and as scheduled for your treatment sessions. If you need to miss an appointment, you must notify our office no later than 2 days prior to your scheduled appointment to reschedule. Your LAVIV™ therapy is made up of live collagen-producing fibroblast cells. If you miss a treatment session, your LAVIV™ cells will expire and must be thrown out.

In more recent news, a British company known as Pharmacells, has licensed the technology to harvest a new type of somatic cell – called a blastomere-like somatic cell (CORR) – which is found circulating in the blood. Researchers hope to spur the growth of new fibroblast skin cells with only a patient’s blood sample; clinical trials are set to begin within the next 12 months. They believe the procedure could be commercially available in just three years, potentially revolutionizing the market for anti-aging treatments.

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