How Is LaViv Injected?

General considerations to keep in mind during treatment with LaViv include the following:
  • Your healthcare provider will take three small skin samples from behind your ear. These samples will be sent to a laboratory. It then takes about three to six months for the lab to take your cells and make your own special LaViv injections.
  • You will receive three treatment sessions, about three to six weeks apart.
  • Sometimes the laboratory cannot make enough cells to provide you with an adequate treatment. In this case, another set of biopsies might need to be done.
  • LaViv will be injected into your smile lines with a small needle. Afterward, you may apply a cold compress for two to three minutes at a time, if necessary.
  • Do not wash the site for at least 24 hours after the injections.
  • Do not scrub, rub, or disturb the area for at least 72 hours after the injections.
  • Do not apply any products (such as skin creams, cosmetics, or sunscreen) to the area for at least 72 hours afterward.
  • Make sure to get your LaViv injections as scheduled. If you wait too long, the product will expire and must be thrown away.

Dosing Information

There is only one standard way to dose this medication, regardless of your age or weight (click LaViv Dosage for more information).

Side Effects of LaViv

LaViv can cause side effects. However, not everyone who receives the treatment will experience problems. Most people tolerate it quite well.
If side effects do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or are treated easily by you or your healthcare provider. Serious reactions are less common.
Possible side effects of LaViv include but are not limited to:
  • Redness
  • Swelling
  • Bruising
  • Pain.
(Click LaViv Side Effects to learn more, including potentially serious side effects you should report immediately to your healthcare provider.)
Last reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD
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