Production and Research at Laboratories VIVACY

By Ellie Holden / 21 Apr 2022

Aesthetics visits Laboratories VIVACY in Archamps, France, to learn more about the manufacturing of Stylage dermal fillers

Laboratories VIVACY is a French manufacturing company with more than 30 years of experience in developing hyaluronic acid (HA) dermal fillers. All the products are manufactured in France, with its industrial factory located in Archamps in the region of Haute-Savoie, near the French-Swiss border. Since its opening in 2013, the company exports its products to more than 80 countries around the world.

The launch of injectables

In 2008, Laboratories VIVACY released its Stylage HA dermal fillers. At present, the VIVACY production capacities have tripled since the opening of the factory in Archamps. Stylage includes a range developed to fill in superficial to deep wrinkles (Stylage S, M, or L), restore or enhance facial volume (Stylage XL or XXL) as well as two specific products for lip correction and enhancement (Stylage Special Lips, and the new Lips Plus) and two products for skin hydration and elasticity improvement (Stylage Hydro and Hydromax). Every dermal filler is manually packaged with a traceable barcode on the syringe which is scanned and placed into the relevant product box.

The Stylage dermal fillers, which are CE marked, have been developed to adapt to the specificities of the tissues treated: the IPN-Like (Interpenetrated Networks) technology which defines each product’s viscoelastic properties. The skilful combination of three parameters – the molecular weight, the HA concentration and the cross-linking – allows the products to adapt to the specific needs of each tissue. Mannitol or Sorbitol have been added into the gels to preserve the formulation from free radicals during the injection process, minimising the quick breakdown of the HA gel.

Expanding its portfolio

In 2011, Laboratories VIVACY launched Desirial intimate HA injectable gels for aesthetic and functional gynaecology for women. The product is CE marked and aims to restore hydration, elasticity, tonicity and sensitivity to the vulvo-vaginal area.

Furthermore, the additional Bi-Soft injection technology was developed in 2018 for greater precision, comfort and control whilst using the syringe for its injectable products. The syringe is made of polycarbonate which has been designed into four colours to differentiate the Stylage products.

Now, the French based manufacturers are making its debut in the competitive world of dermocosmetics with VIVACY Beauty and Monsieur Skincare, conveying to a new degree their vision of personal, authentic beauty.

In 2021, the company developed an innovative campaign showcasing the individuals who work wholeheartedly to make the brand successful and embody VIVACY.

A trip to the factory

VIVACY UK, which was established in 2019, recently invited 10 aesthetic practitioners along with the Aesthetics journal, to see the site and learn more about the manufacturing process.

Camille Nadal, country director of VIVACY UK, said, “We are delighted to resume trips to our VIVACY factory, where it all starts. Safety is our top priority at VIVACY, and I believe this also entails quality. So, showcasing the high-quality and the optimal conditions in which our fillers are produced in France, is part of our transparency and safety strategy. Also, we believe that the opportunity to exchange with our scientific and production team allows practitioners to have a clear and interactive understanding of the composition of each of our products, and it supports them in choosing the most suitable product of the range when they are in-clinic with their patients.”

Whilst visiting the manufacturing facilities on March 18, the delegation attended an exclusive workshop animated by Mr Hervé Raspaldo, specialist in facial plastic surgery and international key opinion leader for VIVACY.

Dr Priyasma Gauchan from Dr Essex Ltd and one of the practitioners who visited the factory, said, “This trip has given me so much more in-depth knowledge and even more confidence to use the VIVACY products in my clinical practice.”

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