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Specific Information on Injectable Poly-L Lactic Acid Indications

Injectable Poly-L Lactic Acid for Wrinkles and Folds

Sculptra Aesthetic is approved to treat "nasolabial folds," as well as other facial wrinkles. Nasolabial folds, also known as laugh lines or smile lines, are the lines that run from the nose to the corners of the mouth. Other areas where Sculptra Aesthetic is usually suitable include "marionette" wrinkles (the lines that frame the mouth) and chin wrinkles.
 
One of the main causes of facial folds and wrinkles is the natural loss of collagen that occurs as people age. Collagen provides structure to the skin, helps to promote skin elasticity, and helps the skin to retain moisture.
 

How Does Injectable Poly-L Lactic Acid Work?

Injectable poly-L lactic acid works differently than more traditional fillers. Instead of just "filling in" the lines or sunken areas, injectable poly-L lactic acid actually stimulates the body to make new collagen. This product contains tiny poly-L lactic acid (PLLA) beads. Over time, the PLLA beads break down and stimulate the body to make new collagen, which also improves the look of wrinkles and lines.
 
Although an immediate "filling" result is seen, this diminishes over the first 24 hours as the liquid portion of the injection is absorbed into the body. The more long-lasting results are seen much more gradually (over weeks or months).
 

Is It Safe for Use in Children?

Injectable poly-L lactic acid is not approved for people younger than 18 years old, as it has not been adequately studied in this age group.
 

Are There Off-Label Uses for Injectable Poly-L Lactic Acid?

On occasion, your healthcare provider may recommend injectable poly-L lactic acid for something other than the uses discussed in this article (this is known as an "off-label" use). Using regular Sculptra (instead of Sculptra Aesthetic) for treating lines and wrinkles is considered an off-label use. Also, using either product on any area of the body other than the face would be an off-label use.
 
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