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Precautions and Warnings With Poly-L Lactic Acid

Prior to receiving injectable poly-L lactic acid, there are many precautions to be aware of, including warnings on who should not use the product and possible side effects that may occur. For example, this facial filler could cause severe allergic reactions and may not be safe for use in women who are pregnant or breastfeeding.

What Should I Tell My Healthcare Provider Before Receiving Injectable Poly-L Lactic Acid?

Prior to receiving injectable poly-L lactic acid (Sculptra®), tell your healthcare provider if you have:
  • Plans to undergo magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) or a computer tomography (CT) scan
  • A history of unusual, aggressive scarring (keloid scarring or hypertrophic scarring)
  • Any allergies, including to foods, dyes, or preservatives.
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you are:
  • Pregnant or thinking about becoming pregnant
  • Breastfeeding.
Make sure to tell your healthcare provider about any other medications you are taking, including prescription and nonprescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.

Specific Precautions and Warnings

Some warnings and precautions to be aware of prior to receiving injectable poly-L lactic acid include the following:
  • Choose your healthcare provider carefully. As with any cosmetic procedure, it is important that your healthcare provider is well trained in administering these injections.
  • It is unknown if injectable poly-L lactic acid will show up on an MRI or CT scan. If you need an MRI or CT scan, make sure to warn your healthcare provider that you have received injections of this product, in case it does show up on the scan.
  • If you have a rash, hives, pimples, or other inflammatory skin conditions in the area that will be treated, you will need to wait until the problem clears up before receiving these injections.
  • This product should not be injected into a blood vessel; doing so could cause a blood clot.
  • Injectable poly-L lactic acid can sometimes cause lumps or nodules under the skin. In some cases, these lumps or nodules are severe enough to require treatment with steroids or even surgery.
  • Sometimes, injectable poly-L lactic acid can cause serious allergic reactions, occurring up to one week after receiving the injections. Serious reactions have also been reported.
  • If you develop any injectable poly-L lactic acid side effects that seem severe or unusual, make sure to let your healthcare provider know right away.
  • It is unknown if injectable poly-L lactic acid passes through breast milk. Therefore, if you are breastfeeding or plan to start breastfeeding, discuss this with your healthcare provider prior to receiving the injections (see Sculptra and Breastfeeding).
  • It is unknown if injectable poly-L lactic acid is safe for use during pregnancy (see Sculptra and Pregnancy).
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