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What Are PLLA Fillers?
Poly-L-lactic acid fillers, commonly known as PLLA fillers, are synthetic and bio-stimulatory dermal fillers designed to restore facial and body volume loss. Unlike traditional dermal fillers, PLLA fillers do not produce instant results. Instead, they act directly on the dermal fibroblast, stimulating the production of new collagen in the skin. This collagen stimulation leads to gradual and natural-looking results that appear over a few months.
PLLA fillers offer a unique approach to volume restoration, addressing the depletion of collagen in the skin, which contributes to the signs of aging. The gradual nature of PLLA fillers allows for a more natural transformation and avoids the sudden changes associated with other fillers.
Ideal Candidates for PLLA Fillers
Generally, patients around the age of 50 and above, who present significant volume loss, skin laxity, and sun-damaged skin, make ideal candidates for PLLA fillers. It is important to manage patient expectations and educate them about the gradual effects of PLLA fillers compared to hyaluronic acid fillers. Patients must understand that results will appear progressively over time and continue for several months.
Injection Areas for PLLA Fillers
PLLA fillers can be injected into various areas of the face and body to restore volume loss and improve skin texture. Common injection areas include deep dermal deficiencies, facial wrinkles and folds, marionette lines, temples, sagging jowls, and areas with scarring. However, certain facial areas, such as the forehead, eyelids, tear trough, and lips, should not be treated with PLLA fillers.
Results and Timeline for PLLA Fillers
Unlike hyaluronic acid fillers that provide immediate results, PLLA fillers work gradually to stimulate collagen production. Patients can expect to see noticeable improvements in their skin over the course of several months. The collagen-stimulating effects of PLLA fillers continue to enhance the skin’s quality and volume, resulting in long-lasting and natural-looking results.
PLLA fillers have been extensively studied and are considered safe when administered by trained healthcare professionals.