Benefits & Side Effects of Poly-L-Lactic Acid Injectable Fillers

What is a poly-L-lactic Acid (PLLA) injectable filler?


Poly-L-lactic acid (PLLA) is a type of biodegradable and completely synthetic medical grade polymer. This polymer has been extensively researched and used in biomedical device applications such as sutures. This material is a permanent fixture in biomedical applications as it has supreme biostimulating properties. Once implanted, it encourages fibroblasts to produce more collagen fibres for reinforced structures. This is why PLLA is used in aesthetic treatments to revitalise skin affected by extreme depressions like sunken cheeks and temples, as it will stimulate collagen fibre proliferation and strengthen skin integrity. Sculptra is a popular PLLA filler.


What are the benefits of poly-L-lactic Acid (PLLA) injectable fillers?


Injectable implants made of PLLA are famed for their outstanding durable performance. Since PLLA particles provide deep-tissue regeneration by encouraging collagen synthesis, the natural-looking aesthetic improvements become apparent over a gradual period but are sustained for a long time. Besides that, the risk of immunogenic or rejection reactions are quite paltry as the material is synthetic.


What are the side effects of PLLA fillers?


Poly-L-Lactic Acid (PLLA) implants are administered via deep injections to ensure proper deep tissue regeneration. As a result, patients may exhibit localised inflammatory reactions associated with injections such as swelling, redness, pain, bleeding, itchiness, and small temporary lumps. These aftereffects should resolve with good hygiene and correct aftercare methods. Patients may develop rare reactions like inflamed nodule formation if the volumising implant is not administered correctly. Inform your patients of the probable side effects to ensure quick medical intervention if needed.