PATIENTS HEAL THY SELF, IF YOU HAVE THE PATIENCE!
(Bloomberg News 6/11). The company Fibrocell Science has received FDA approval for a new injectable wrinkle treatment that restores elasticity to the skin, using the patient’s own cells. The treatment is known as LAVIV, and it is Fibrocell’s initial market product as well as the first treatment for wrinkles that is made from the patient’s own cells. It would require taking collagen producing fibroblasts (sample skin cells), from behind a person’s ear. They are then multiplied in a cell culture for 11-22 weeks, and sent back to your doctor who will then inject them into your smile or frown lines. The results of the FDA study of 421 patients who received three LALIV treatments five weeks apart showed 57% improvement in the LALIV group versus 30% in the placebo group. The summary of their results stated 45% of the LALIV group was rated as looking better versus 18% in the control group.
INTERESTING – BUT MANY THINGS ARE UNANSWERED. IT IS ATTRACTIVE TO USE YOUR OWN CELLS BUT IT REMAINS UNANSWERED ON THE LONGEVITY OF THIS PROCEDURE VERSUS STANDARD FILLERS. WAITING 22 WEEKS IS A LONG TIME, NOT SURE HOW MANY COSMETIC PATIENTS WILL HAVE THIS KIND OF PATIENCE! ALSO UNCLEAR HOW EXPENSIVE THIS MAY BE, OR WHAT THE RATE OF INFECTION WILL BE. ALSO, NOT CLEAR ON WHEN THIS WILL BE AVAILABLE. PERSONALLY, I WOULD WAIT UNTIL WE SEE HOW THIS PERFORMS OVER TIME, RATHER THAN BEING THE FIRST IN LINE.
At DSA Dermatology, we bring to you the best of not one but three leading dermatologists in Plano TX, Dr. Daniel S. Achtman, Dr. Carmine G. McConnell and Dr. Jordan. Achtman.
Dr. Achtman is a board-certified Dermatologist with over three decades of experience. Having graduated from the medical school of McMaster University, he also studied at the UTSW Medical Center in Dallas, TX where he also served as Chief Resident in the Department of Dermatology. In addition to possessing extensive training and experience in cosmetic enhancement techniques, Dr. Achtman is widely known as a leading expert in the diagnosis and treatment of various skin cancers. He is an active member of the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery. Dr. Achtman goes the extra mile to understand your medical concerns and to ensure that he helps you meet your unique aesthetic goals.
Dr. Carmine G. McConnell is a board-certified physician in Plano TX. Having been trained at McMaster University, Canada, she went on to earn her board certification in Texas. Having served as Chief of Staff of her department at Plano Medical Center, she has over two decades of experience in practicing medicine in her practice and while assisting Dr. Achtman in the practice of dermatology. In addition to her extensive postgraduate training in laser therapy and aesthetic surgery, among other procedures, she possesses vast experience in both cosmetic dermatological techniques and family medicine. As a conscientious and caring physician, Dr. McConnell provides her patients with customized non-surgical treatments to help address health and aesthetic concerns related to the skin. She is also keen on helping patients understand their skin and how it can be cared for and protected.
Dr. Jordan Achtman is a board-certified dermatologist in DSA Dermatology at Plano, TX. Dr. J. Achtman graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia and completed his residency in dermatology at UT Southwestern. His expertise spans general, surgical, and cosmetic dermatology. Dr. J. Achtman also has various special interests including chronic itch, infectious diseases of the skin, and the relationship between mental health and skin health. He is also very keen on helping patients form healthy skincare regimens and habits. In the hands of Dr. J. Achtman, you can be assured of innovative and cutting edge solutions for all your skin concerns.