Hyaluronic Acid Treatment for the Vagina
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New and revolutionary vaginal rejuvenation treatment called Desirial (first hyaluronic acid specifically formulated for intimate feminine problems and benefits from the CE safety mark) and has been approved by the authorities for gynaecological specifications. The treatment has been developed specifically to improve women’s intimate health and restore confidence during menopause and after childbirth
What are intimate area fillers?
Injections of hyaluronic acid for rehydration of the vulva and vaginal areas. These are for women suffering from dryness or irritation and the ‘labial puff’ procedure to enhance the appearance of laxity and deflation and reshape the labia majora (outer lips of the vulva). DESIRIAL® by Laboratoires Vivacy is an antioxidant hyaluronic acid-based gel specifically formulated to preserve women’s intimate health.
Who is it suitable for?
For women who suffer a lack of oestrogen during menopause, following cancer treatment or after weight loss. When there is a lack of oestrogen secretion, there is thinning of the skin in the genital area with dryness of the vaginal mucosa. Thus causing flaccidity, fragility and loss of elasticity. Hyaluronic Acid injections around the vagina can help with rehydration as well as promoting suppleness of the tissue. With the increase of age or weight loss, the labia majora can appear flaccid or deflated. HA injections can reshape the labia majora to give a rejuvenated appearance, conceal the labia minora and give a better appearance in proportions between the labia.
How does it work?
Desirial, produced by the French company Vivacy, combines Hyaluronic Acid with mannitol, a natural antioxidant that is found in fruit and vegetables.
Hyaluronic Acid – which is already used in many facial fillers – behaves like a sponge and can improve water retention capabilities in the vulva-vaginal area. The addition of mannitol, an antioxidant, protects against the breakdown of the gel from free radical damage and preserves the hydrating effect and longevity of the treatment. This helps rehydrate and ‘puff up’ the area to maintain elasticity, firmness, and the proper functioning of female genital tissue. It also helps reduce any swelling that may occur from the injections.
Desirial is available in two formulations:
Desirial, for peri-menopausal women or in reproductive age suffering from dehydration of the vulva with or without irritation
Desirial PLUS – for peri-menopausal, menopausal, and women in reproductive age with signs of moderate to severe withering.
What does it involve?
Injection of cross-linked hyaluronic acid DESIRIAL® into the labia majora (labial puff) or around the vagina (for irritation and dryness). Before the procedure, a local anaesthetic cream is applied to the area to be treated, followed by a local anaesthetic injection for added comfort. DESIRIAL® HA filler is then injected into the area to be treated.
How long does the procedure take?
No more than half an hour
How long does it last?
The effects could last between 6 and 12 months.
Any potential side effects?
Common side effects are initial redness, swelling (lasts for a few days) and mild bruising.
Risks of HA fillers are rare. They include bruising, skin necrosis from injection into a blood vessel, overfilling, asymmetry, infection and lumps.
Caution: Tissue fillers are not given to women who are pregnant or breastfeeding or to those under the age of 18 years. Avoid blood thinners for at least one week before treatment to reduce bruising. These include aspirin, warfarin, dipyridamole, clopidogrel, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), fish oil, vitamin E supplements, St John’s Wort, garlic tablets, ginkgo biloba, and ginseng. HA fillers are not given to those with a history of hypersensitivity or allergy to lignocaine (local anaesthetic), or where there is evidence of broken skin or an infection.
It is necessary to avoid: sexual intercourse, touching or massaging the treated area, extremes of temperature such as excessive heat (sauna or steam bath, hot drinks) or cold (swimming), alcohol, smoking and vigorous exercises for at least 24 hours after the procedure.
In those who have a history herpes simplex infection, there is a risk of reactivation of infection with injections to that area. Please discuss this with your practitioner
With a special thank you to Pauline Madden for researching and preparing this article.