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Sculptra is a poly-L-lactic acid (PLLA) filler. Unlike other fillers that provide immediate results, PLLA fillers work by stimulating the production of collagen over time. Here’s a description of PLLA fillers:

  1. Composition: PLLA fillers are made of a biocompatible and biodegradable synthetic material called poly-L-lactic acid. PLLA is a biopolymer that has been used in medical applications for many years. It is gradually broken down by the body into harmless components.

  2. Collagen Stimulation: The primary mechanism of action for PLLA fillers is collagen stimulation. When injected into the skin, PLLA triggers a natural response in the body, stimulating the production of new collagen. Collagen is a protein that provides structural support to the skin, promoting firmness and elasticity.

  3. Gradual Results: PLLA fillers do not provide immediate volumizing effects like other dermal fillers. Instead, they work gradually over several weeks to months as the body’s collagen production increases. This gradual improvement allows for natural-looking results that develop over time.

  4. Volume Restoration: PLLA fillers are primarily used for volume restoration in areas of the face that have experienced volume loss due to aging or other factors. They can help address concerns such as sunken cheeks, deep folds, and hollowed temples.

  5. Longevity: The effects of PLLA fillers can last up to two years or more, depending on the individual and treatment area. The sustained results are attributed to the ongoing collagen production stimulated by the filler.

  6. Treatment Sessions: PLLA fillers usually require a series of treatment sessions to achieve optimal results. The exact number of sessions will depend on various factors, including the extent of volume loss and individual response to treatment. Typically, treatments are spaced several weeks apart to allow for collagen stimulation and gradual improvement.

  7. Safety: PLLA fillers have a favorable safety profile when administered by qualified healthcare professionals. Allergic reactions and adverse effects are rare. As PLLA is gradually metabolized by the body, it does not pose long-term health risks.

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