Polylactic Acid Dermal Fillers

Polylactic Acid Dermal Fillers

What are Polylactic Acid Dermal Fillers?

Polylactic Acid is a type of Semi Permanent Dermal Fillers and belongs to specialized class of substances known as ‘stimulators’. The action of this stimulator promotes the natural production and deposition of collagen where it is required to correct imperfections of the face. Polylactic Acid 1 Designed particularly for the lower half of the face, this dermal filler causes the augmentation of lips to make them appear fuller, the elimination of frown/laugh lines and removal of creases the develop around the naso-labial fold as age progresses.
Unlike most dermal fillers, the results of this particular one are not instant and immediate. Instead of ‘filling’ the areas that require correction with the material, it stimulates the gradual production of collagen, allowing it to deposit at the target sites of injection. It is for this reason that polylactic acid dermal filler procedures require at least 2-3 months before their results can be fully appreciated.
Also, unlike the rest of the dermal fillers, Polylactic acid fillers require three consecutive monthly treatments for ideal results. The procedure is performed using a specialized technique known as threading, or tunneling which ensures even and balanced distribution of the material within the skin. Dermal filler can be injected in combination with other procedures such as facial rejuvenation for ideal results.
Some of the advantages of opting for Polylactic Acid Dermal Fillers include:

–          Nontoxic, fully compatible material

–          Completely biodegradable

–          Ideal correction of skin imperfections particularly in the lower half facial region

–          Stimulates natural collagen production and deposition

–          Natural results

–          Side effects and complications are rare


What are the risks and complications associated with Polylactic acid dermal fillers?

Similar to all other highly or minimally invasive medical procedures performed globally, polylactic acid dermal fillers also have several potential risks and complications that patients must discuss with their surgeons prior to the procedure. All patients must ensure that their medical histories are assessed beforehand. Leading plastic surgeons around the world first acquire the consent of their patients as part of medical protocol.
Because this procedure is non-surgical and minimally invasive, it does not pose any serious threats to the patient. Complications associated with polylactic acid dermal filler procedures are rare, but there are several risks that can occur during or after the procedure including:

–          Swelling

–          Altered sensation of the face

–          Weakening or paralysis of the muscles of the face

–          Post operative bleeding

–          Scarring and bruising

–          Irritation or itching at the site

–          Acne

–          Development of facial rash

–          Loss of facial symmetry

–          Clumping of fillers and gradual formation of nodules

–          Death of skin cells, also known as necrosis

–          Infections

–          Sensitivity reactions

–          Inadequate correction of signs of aging

–          Redness

–          Formation of antibodies against the fillers which may neutralize the effects of the remaining injections


What are the steps involved in Polylactic Acid dermal filler procedures?

  1. Evaluation and assessment of the patient: The surgeon first examines and assesses the patient, performing complete evaluation of the natural facial tone, contour and general appearance prior to augmenting the dermal fillers within the skin.
  2. Creating points: Once the evaluation has been done, the surgeon then marks the areas or points where the dermal fillers will be injected on the skin.
  3. Cleansing the Skin: The skin is them cleansed with a medicated antibacterial agent in order to ensure ideal conditions for surgery and to prevent chances of infection.
  4. Administering anesthesia: These days, dermal filler injections already contain a percentage of anesthetic agents because of which local sedation of the site may not be required. Otherwise, a topical anesthetic agent is first used on the skin, particularly at the sites marked for injection to ensure a painless and comfortable experience for patients.
  5. Dermal Filler injections: Once the anesthesia has become effective, the dermal fillers are then injected into the skin at the points marked by the surgeon prior to the procedure. The duration of the procedure depends upon the extent of skin affected by aging signs that require correction. Unlike other dermal fillers, Polylactic Acid is injected using a technique known as tunneling. Tunneling or threading ensures proper distribution of the filler material in order to avoid the formation of granulomas or clumps. Three consecutive monthly visits are required for the completion of this dermal filler procedure.
  6. Cleansing the Skin: After the dermal fillers have been injected at their target sites, the face is once again cleansed using the antibacterial agent.
  7. Icing: An Icepack is placed on the face, especially at the site of infection to prevent swelling and discomfort after surgery.


Polylactic Acid Dermal FillerRecovery from Polylactic Acid Dermal Fillers :

Polylactic Acid Dermal Fillers do not offer immediate results and may take up to six weeks before the effects become obvious and evident. Many people may consider this a drawback, but the greatest advantage of this procedure is the fact that it stimulates a natural mechanism of the body. The production and deposition of collagen at the site of injections can take up to three months in some cases, but the results are far more natural looking than many other cosmetic procedures.

Results from Polylactic Acid Dermal Fillers (Click here to view Before & After Photographs):

After a period of at least two months or six weeks, the patients will be able to appreciate the results of the procedure. With prominent frown/laugh lines, facial creases and wrinkles gone, patients look several years younger and can flaunt their flawless skin with more confidence.