Injectable Body Contouring is used for the enlargement and enhancement of the breasts, calves and buttocks and also for evening out discrepancies in skin surface such as those sometimes caused by liposuction. The first body shaping and volume restoration product which uses hyaluronic acid to achieve this is called Macrolane™ VRF which is no longer indicated for breasts. Treatment involves a small incision in the area and the injection of the substance using a thin cannula or large gauge needle. Due to the fact that the body will metabolise the hyaluronic acid over time, yearly top-ups are required to maintain the optimal results, which should last 12 – 18 months. The quantity required at top-ups may reduce over time. Private costs for injectable body contouring treatment depends on the type and size of the area(s) being treated, such as breast or buttock reshaping and the amount of product required.
Desirial is a hyaluronic acid dermal filler that has been developed for treating female vulvo-vaginal conditions, such as vaginal atrophy and dryness by non-surgical vaginal rejuvenation treatment.
MACROLANE™ VRF is an innovative product currently indicated for volume restoration and shaping of body surfaces, for example, the calves and buttocks.
Historically, men and women around the globe have submitted to the introduction of all sorts of substances, some more desirable than others, into their bodies in order to achieve an augmentation of areas such as the breasts and buttocks, or to even out discrepancies in the skin’s surface caused by trauma or disease. From early attempts with paraffin and non-medical grade silicone to harvested autologous fat and permanent dermal filler products, the science of adding volume to the body has thankfully come along way.
2008 saw the launch of a new product on the UK market called Macrolane™ VRF which has become the first body shaping and volume restoration product which uses hyaluronic acid, a natural component of our own bodies.
It is currently indicated for shaping of the breasts, calves and buttocks and also for evening out discrepancies in skin surface such as those sometimes caused by liposuction.
If you are considering Injectable Body Contouring the following information will give you a basic understanding of the procedure. It can’t answer all your questions, since a lot depends on the individual patient and the practitioner. Please ask a practitioner about anything you don’t understand.
What happens during an Injectable Body Contouring treatment?
Careful discussions regarding your reasons for wanting treatment are very important before you begin the process. You must also make sure that this treatment can deliver what you want and how you would like to look afterwards. Your practitioner should be able to answer all these questions.
A medical history should also be taken to make sure that there are no reasons why you shouldn’t undertake treatment. You may be asked to read detailed information and sign a consent form which means that you have understood the potential benefits and risks associated with the procedure.
Photographs may also be taken by the practitioner for a “before and after” comparison at a later date. This information is describing the use of Macrolane.
A local anaesthesia will be used in the area to be treated before commencing; therefore you will remain comfortable and awake throughout the procedure.
Treatment, lasting 30 – 45 minutes, involves a small 2-3mm incision in the area, (e.g., normally the crease under each breast or buttock), and the injection of the substance using a thin cannula or large gauge spinal needle deep into the subcutaneous skin layer above the muscle.
Due to the fact that the body will metabolise the hyaluronic acid contained within Macrolane over time, yearly top-ups are required to maintain the optimal results. Althought it is noted that potentially over time this top-up may reduce in quantity. It will be some time however before long term data on the average duration for particular indications is properly known.
The results are seen immediately and over the following days as any swelling or bruising disappears. Macrolane is intended to last for 12-18 months in the body according to the manufacturers, depending on the area treated and the amount of volume used and will require top-ups.
How long will it take to recover from Injectable Body Contouring?
You may be required to rest in a room afterwards for an hour or so following treatment, but normal activities can usually be resumed the following day.
It is best to avoid vigorous physical activity or sports for one to two weeks after this procedure and a support garment, such as a sports bra or lycra cycling shorts may be worn.