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The Lipogems procedure and technique has been available worldwide for approximately 7 years, primarily in orthopaedics and aesthetics. In the UK, it was first started by The Regenerative Clinic 18 months ago. The Regenerative Woman Clinic is the sister company of The Regenerative Clinic and was founded in September 2017.
Lipogems for Gynaecology has been used on a smaller scale for approximately 5 years, primarily in Italy. The Regenerative Woman is working exclusively with Lipogems to launch Lipogems as a gynaecological treatment in the UK.
This technology is still undergoing assessment. There are some studies that clearly demonstrate its efficacy but in order for new and novel treatments to make their way on to the NHS or private medical insurance, there is invariably rather onerous processes that may take a number of years before it is approved. A good example of this is the use of platelet rich plasma which has been around for approximately 25 years, but it is only recently that it has found its way to the NHS and is being offered across the board now. There still continue to be some insurance companies that do not approve platelet rich plasma despite overwhelming evidence for its efficacy.
It is a very small amount of fat, around 100ml. This is then reduced to about 15-30ml which is injected in the genitourinary area.
The Lipogems treatment is a natural solution relying on the bodies own capacity to heal itself. There are no hormones, oestrogen or synthetic chemicals involved in the treatment meaning the treatment is also suitable for post cancer patients. It is designed to be a single treatment and the healing effects have been clinically proven to last for 3 + years.
The harvesting of stem cells from bone marrow is an invasive treatment, conducted under general anesthetic that can be very painful. The mesenchmyal cells present in the fat tissue are easier and less painful to access. There is also research to show that the quality of stem cells in bone marrow decreases significantly as you get older, especially in women. Age and gender has no effect on the quality of stem cells present in fat tissue. Both methods of harvesting have been tried, tested and have proven to be very affective.
Absolutely, if you would also like to see an orthopaedic or plastic surgeon to discuss the additional applications of the Lipogems technology you can do so free of charge.
The initial benefits of the treatment can be experienced in as little as 4-6 weeks and definitive changes will be felt after 3 months. At 6 months patients are likely to feel the peak benefit and cases have reported benefits for up to 5 years post treatment.
There are no reports of conditions worsening as a result of the treatment. For non-responders, Lipogems also does not impact the effectiveness or eligibility for future treatments.
Cases of very severe Lichen Sclerosus and Planus may need to consider repeat treatment at 6 months/1 year. Lipogems will also not treat cancer or infertility.
No, this will have no effect on the outcome of the treatment. You can proceed with the Lipogems treatment 6 weeks after your last laser therapy session.
No affect. Your Gynaecologist will advise you more specifically, but you should be able to continue taking your HRT medication all the way up to your procedure and directly afterwards.
All patients are offered 4 follow-up appointments with their gynaecologist as part of their Lipogems package. Patient progress will be monitored closely in these appointments and for non-responders they can discuss on on-going alternative treatment plan with you. All non-responder cases are reviewed by The Regenerative Woman MDT team.
Everybody responds to General Anaesthetic differently; however you should be OK to return to work 2 days post procedure. Most of our theatre dates are on a Friday which gives you the weekend to recover.
All patients leave the clinic with an abdominal binder, thrush medication and 2 weeks’ worth of pain medication to be taken as and when required. You will receive a telephone call from our practice nurse 1- and 7-days post-op and you will have follow-up appointments with your gynaecologist at 2 weeks, 3, 6 and 9 months post-op.
We usually recommend between 1 – 3 treatments approximately 40 – 60 days apart, followed by 1 annual maintenance treatment. The number of treatments needed can vary depending on how severe your symptoms are. Your gynaecologist will advise you on the best treatment plan for you following a full clinical examination.
There are some minimal risks. The treatment is performed on an outpatient or day-hospital basis. Most women report temporary side effects, slight redness or swelling: some discomfort that usually disappears.
Once your course of treatment is complete, the results can last for one year at least, depending on the severity of your presenting symptoms and life style.
Most women report slight discomfort for the first few days following their laser treatment session but most report that they were able to resume their normal routine 2-3 days post treatment.
There are no exclusion criteria as such for MonaLisa Touch, other than those related to serious local or systemic diseases. As with all of our treatments your gynaecologist must determine your suitability for treatment after your full clinical examination.
We usually recommend 3-4 days of rest before resuming regular sexual activity.