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Side Effects of Injectable Poly-L Lactic Acid

Although most people do not experience problems with injectable poly-L lactic acid, side effects can still occur. Some of the most common reactions include swelling, tenderness, and bruising. In most cases, side effects are minor and easily treated. However, contact your healthcare provider immediately if you develop serious problems, such as difficulty breathing, severe swelling, or an unexplained rash.

An Introduction to Side Effects of Injectable Poly-L Lactic Acid

As with most facial fillers, injectable poly-L lactic acid (Sculptra®) can cause side effects. However, not everyone who uses the product will have problems. In fact, most people tolerate it quite well. If reactions do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or are treated easily by you or your healthcare provider.
(This article covers many, but not all, of the possible side effects with injectable poly-L lactic acid. Your healthcare provider can discuss a more complete list with you.)

Serious Injectable Poly-L Lactic Acid Side Effects

There are a few potential side effects that may be serious. Make sure to report any of the following problems to your healthcare provider:
  • Signs of an infection, such as pain, redness, and warmth
  • Severe swelling or lumps
  • Signs of an allergic reaction, such as:
    • An unexplained rash or hives
    • Severe itching
    • Widespread swelling, especially of the mouth, lips, or throat
    • Wheezing or difficulty breathing.
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