Elastolabo Perineal Gel

Elastolabo Perineal M​assage Gel

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Elastolabo reduces the risk of skin tears during childbirth. Additionally, Elastolabo has now been proven to make stretch marks and scars smoother, thinner and more supple! 

Elastolabo is a patented skin elasticiser gel formulated to effectively reduce the risk of perineal tears as well as the need for episiotomy (i.e. surgical incisions) during later stages of childbirth.   

The new indications for use of Elastolabo are now stretch marks and scars! If you want to keep your stretch marks and scars at bay, you can use Elastolabo to smooth them out.  As many as two-thirds of women, who tried Elastolabo for scars and stretch marks said that after 8 weeks of Elastolabo use, their stretch marks looked more like a normal skin.  So - to improve your stretch marks and scars, all you have to do is to apply Elastolabo to the affected area for at least 8 weeks twice daily, gently massaging on application with your fingers. You should, thereafter, see a smoother and suppler, more even looking skin without dominating stretch marks and scars.        

Elastolabo is a soothing perineum massage gel formulation containing Elastocell, a unique skin elasticiser, shown in clinical trials to reduce the risk of skin tears by 33%. Elastolabo is especially designed for use by pregnant women from week 32 of pregnancy onwards to make their perineal tissues more stretchy and elastic in preparation for childbirth.

Elastolabo is fragrance free and non-staining. It is also non-irritant and non-sensitising. Its key component ingredient is the unique skin elasticiser Elastocell* (generic name* lysine carboxymethyl cysteinate) is patent protected and has been extensively tested and studied in clinical studies for safety and effectiveness on perineal tissues in pregnant women. Elastocell is exclusive to Elastolabo and there is no other similar product found with this skin elasticiser anywhere in the world.    

Developed in Switzerland by Polichem SA, Elastolabo is a Class 2a Medical Device (CE0477) and has been thoroughly gynaecologically tested.

Elastolabo is easy to use, safe and effective. It offers tangible immediate benefits to pregnant women, such as reduced risk of perineal tissue trauma and tissue tears, no need for stitches and episiotomy. Long term benefits of Elastolabo include avoidance of problems associated with perineal tissues trauma, such as pain and discomfort, painful sex for up to 3 years after childbirth, trauma to anus or rectum and possibility of some degree of faecal incontinence.

Elastolabo is supplied in 40 ml tubes. It is offered at special discounted price for 2 or 3 tubes purchased at once.   

It is anticipated that a lady commencing use of Elastolabo at week 32 once a day, will use up to three 50 ml tubes.     

Elastolabo ingredients:  Polyglyceryl-3 Beeswax, Prunus amygdalus var. dulcis oil (sweet almond oil), Citric acid, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Lecithin, Petrolatum, Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Silica, Lysine Carboxymethyl Cysteinate (Elastocell®), Paraffinum Liquidum.

Elastolabo Perineal Massage Gel background

Elastolabo Perineal Massage Gel originates from Switzerland, where it has been developed by Polichem SA. It has been clinically validated as safe and effective for perineal massage during pregnancy with the key objectives of making perineal tissues more resilient, supple, elastic and stretchy, thus minimising the risks of childbirth-related perineal trauma.

The latest indications for Elastolabo are scar and stretch marks reduction with 8 weeks of twice daily application of Elastolabo to affected area of skin. Reference for Elastolabo use on Scars and Stretch Marks: Scarci.F. and Mailland.F. Carbocysteine: A New Way for Stretch Marks Treatment. Journal of Cosmetics, Dermatological Sciences and Applications, 2015, 5, 275-282 

Elastolabo is a skin and perineum massage formula that shows 24% increase in skin extensibility (i.e. skin stretchiness) from baseline and 23% increase in skin elastic recovery from baseline measured 30 minutes after application. 

Reference: Acute Instrumental Study for the evaluation of the elasticizing activity of a new composition. Maurizio Caserini, Frederico Mailland, Adele Sparavigna. Clinical Research and Therapeutic Poster. ESDR 2011.

Elastolabo reduces the need for episiotomies and the risk of sustaining perineal tears during childbirth. In a clinical study, perineal massage with Elastolabo was performed one a day from 32rd week of pregnancy until birth, resulting in statistically significant improvements in both perineal tissue extensibility and perineal tissue elastic recovery. There was also significant reduction in episiotomy rates, when compared to reference data. Elastolabo was well accepted and tolerated by the participating women.

Reference: Multicentre, open label study to evaluate the efficacy and tolerability of a gel (Elastolabo®) for the reduction of the incidence of perineal traumas during labour and related complications in the postpartum period. Reggiardo G. Fasani R, Mignini F.  Trends Med 2012; 12(3):143-149.

Perineal tears are common during normal vaginal childbirth and can happen spontaneously, when the birth canal tissues do not stretch sufficiently to allow the passage of the baby’s head. Frequently, attending medical professionals resort to episiotomy, a surgical cut, enabling the birth of the baby. Both the tissue tears and the episiotomy incision wounds cause perineal trauma, which can lead to painful discomfort and even long-term pain. NHS data shows that tears affect 40% of women having vaginal birth. However, some degree of perineal trauma has been reported in up to 90% of women delivering their baby vaginally. About 15% of women require episiotomy.

Perineal trauma frequently requires surgical repairs with stitches. Problems arising from tissue damage can include infections, scarring, discomfort and pain. In some cases of severe perineal trauma extending to anal and/or rectal tissues, troublesome bowel incontinence can develop.    

Perineal massage prepares the perineum for the stretch needed during childbirth. Royal College of Midwives recommends perineal massage during the last trimester of pregnancy. Perineal massage has been shown to reduce the risk of perineal tears and the need for episiotomy. Even a massage with ordinary oil can lead to 9% reduction in risk of tears that require repair with stitches. Elastolabo contains unique skin elasticiser and has been shown to reduce the perineal tear risk by as much as 33%.     

Using Elastolabo

Elastolabo should be used by pregnant women from week 32 of pregnancy onwards. For best outcomes the massage should be performed every day until confinement. You can perform your own massage using your fingers or a thumb. If you have difficulties performing the massage yourself, you can ask you partner for assistance.  

Contraindications to Elastolabo

  • You should not use Elastolabo, if you are allergic or show sensitivity to any ingredients of the Elastolabo formulation listed on the packaging. 
  • Do not perform perineal massage, if you are at risk of pre-term delivery, if you have a low-lying placenta of you have premature rupture of membranes (vaginal bleeding).
  • Do not perform perineal massage if you have vaginal herpes, vaginal thrush or other vaginal or urinary infections.
  • Read instructions for use before first use and retain them for future reference.
  • Follow recommendations listed in user instructions.  
  • If you have any concerns, discuss these with your midwife or a doctor prior to using Elastolabo.   

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