Hyaluronic acid is a natural component of the skin that can be injected to restore volume and fill wrinkles and folds

What is hyaluronic acid?

Hyaluronic acid is a natural component of the dermis that provides hydration to the skin. Its proportion decreases with age (a 50% decrease by 50 years of age), the skin becomes dehydrated and loses tone.

Marketed in an injectable form (Restylane ®, Juvederm ®, XHA3 Filorga ®, …..), hyaluronic acid dermal filler is the safest, most natural and biodegradable (dissolvable) option. As it has been used for several years in aesthetics, its safety has been proven.

The thickness or fluidity of injected Hyaluronic acid depends on the condition to be treated. The thicker the injection the more viscous it is, and the longer the result. Wrinkles will be treated with hyaluronic acid to the depth of the wrinkle. Thicker acids will restore facial volume.

Treatment of wrinkles and folds

While Botulinum toxin injections are mainly used for deep wrinkles caused by muscle contractions (frown lines, forehead, crow’s feet…), the hyaluronic acid injections are primarily used to treat permanent wrinkles and folds.

The most common conditions :

  • frown lines where treatment with Botox has been insufficient;
  • nasolabial folds;
  • vertical wrinkles of the cheeks;
  • bitterness folds (“marionette lines / puppet lines”).

Restoration of facial volume

To restore the volume, hyaluronic acid injections (treatment done at the doctor’s office, with reversible results) are an alternative to fat injections (with anaesthesia, permanent result).

The hyaluronic acid injections can be used to restore volume for the following features :

  • Lips aesthetics (contouring or restoring volume);
  • Increased volume in cheekbones;
  • Correct hollows and tear troughs
  • Improve earlobes;
  • Increase chin volume;
  • Filling hollow cheeks;
  • Filling hollow temples.

Non-surgical rhinoplasty

Hyaluronic acid helps reduce imperfections on the nose but is not as effective as surgical Rhinoplasty.

Non-surgical facelift

Injections of fillers may delay the need for a surgical facelift when the skin is not too loose. Some injection sites at the cheekbones can have a lifting effect. Other injections at the bottom of the face can smooth out the jowls and bring back a symmetrical oval face.

It is advisable to not overuse injections at the risk of obtaining bad results. After a certain age surgery is the most effective option and injections are considered to be complementary, rather than an alternative to surgery.

Hand rejuvenation

Hyaluronic acid corrects some effects of aging by filling the visible hollows.
Blemishes can be removed with a chemical peel.

Breast and buttocks augmentation

A very dense and thick serum (Macrolane) is designed to increase the volume of breasts or buttocks.

Dr. Laveaux does not inject Macrolane into the breasts due to the inconvenience for the radiological monitoring of the breasts. There are other safer and permanent methods that should be used: breast implants or fat injections.

However, pertaining to the buttocks, Macrolane injections is a viable option along with surgical augmentation (fat injections or implants).

G-spot augmentation and vaginoplasty

The G-spot area ranges from 1 to 2 cm2 and is located at the anterior vaginal wall.

In women who have difficulty having a vaginal orgasm, or women who want to increase their pleasure, this area can be increased with hyaluronic acid and performed under local anaesthesia.

Injections in the entire vaginal wall cause a decrease in vaginal size thus heightening the sensations experienced by both partners during sex.

Penis enlargement

For patients who do not wish to undergo surgery, injections of thick serum of hyaluronic acid can be administered to increase the girth of the penis. The injections are performed under a simple local anesthetic at the doctor’s office. The injections must be repeated about every 12 months to maintain the size of the penis. Stopping of the injections is possible without any side effects.

The injections can be administered specifically at the head, either in addition to penis enlargement (by lipofilling or Hyaluronic acid), or separately. The injections are painless after application of a numbing cream. Injections of hyaluronic acid in the head will increase the volume and also multiply by ten the sensations during sexual intercourse. Some studies also report improved sexual life in patients who suffer from premature ejaculation.

Practical information

The hyaluronic acid Injections are administered in Dr Laveaux’s office.

Before the session :

  • Remove makeup;
  • Avoid taking aspirin or other blood thinners for 10 days before the injections.

The procedure :

  • Depending on the treated areas, local anaesthesia may be proposed either by the application of an ointment or injections with a fine needle. The injections are painless;
  • Hyaluronic acid is then either injected with a fine needle, or soft tube
  • Duration varies according to the treated areas (10 to 60 min).

After the injections :

  • Immediate return to normal activities ;
  • Apply ice and massage the treated areas to reduce swelling ;
  • Avoid taking aspirin or other blood thinners for 10 days following the injections ;
  • The results are immediate, but because of hydration induced by the presence of hyaluronic acid and edema, they develop during the first few days.

The effect is reversible.The lasting effect of the results varies according to the density of the injected product. The average is between 6 and 18 months. To maintain the desired effect, injections need to be renewed.

The cost of a session varies depending on the amount of product used.

Some mild side effects are possible, including small bruises or redness at the injection site that disappear within a few days.

Granulomas (small palpable Lumps under the skin) are rare with hyaluronic acid. They are spontaneously re-absorbed.

Top-up treatments are sometimes necessary to achieve the desired result. They are done after 2 weeks.

The results are very satisfactory and natural.