Poly-L Lactic Acid – Augment Volume with the Body's Own Collagen

Poly-L lactic acid counteracts the natural aging process. Because aging facial skin gradually loses the ability to produce collagen: The skin loses volume, the resilience of its elastic fibers disappears. Poly-L lactic acid stimulates collagen production again and gives the face new volume.

Poly-L lactic acid is suitable for

  • the correction of sunken cheeks
  • injection of nasolabial folds and creases at the corners of the mouth (marionette lines)
  • for large-scale volume augmentation of the cheeks
  • for extensive injections of decolleté wrinkles
  • for the treatment of creases on the upper arms, thighs and on the backs of the hands

    What is poly-L lactic acid?

    Polylactic acid has been used for more than 30 years in cosmetic surgery. For about ten years, poly-L lactic acid has had a role in aesthetic medicine.

    The lactic acid gel promotes the production of the body's own collagen:

    • The connective tissue gets new resilience.
    • The skin becomes firmer and tighter.
    • The facial contours are reconstructed.
    • Sunken areas, especially on the cheeks, can be lifted.

    Poly-L lactic acid is the only product which is scientifically proven to achieve this biostimulating effect with long-lasting results.  

    Since poly-L lactic acid is manufactured in a purely synthetic fashion, it is well tolerated. The body fully breaks it down and permanently replaces a portion with the body's own collagen.

    Even in the case of medically induced facial fat loss, poly-L lactic acid has proven its value for many years, for example in the treatment of the consequences of HIV therapies.

    How is it administered?

    Poly-L lactic acid is injected using a very thin needle or a mostly blunt cannula in the subcutaneous tissue and massaged in. Normally the treatment involves two to three sessions, each one about eight weeks apart. The build-up of connective tissue is stimulated. After about three months, the final volume treatment result is achieved, due to the body´s own collagen production. This result can last up to one and a half years.

    Is some sort of anesthesia required?

    The procedure is frequently performed with light local anesthesia. For more information about your options for a comfortable, pain-free treatment see the anesthesia section.

    When can I resume normal daily activities?

    Depending on the size of the regions to be treated and the number of injections, a session generally lasts about one hour in total. Temporary redness and minor bruises at the injection sites are normal. They can be easily concealed with a gentle cosmetic preparation before you return home.

    Our poly-L lactic acid experts

    Expert tip:

    Dr. Birgit Buxmeyer: "Sleep wrinkles in particular on the decolleté can be nicely smoothed with repeated treatment with poly-L lactic acid and the results are long-lasting."

    What else you can do

    • We recommend that you avoid signifcant heat and also cold for three to four days after the treatment. You can perform skin care as usual, however.
    • The skin experts of Rosenpark Clinic will provide you with comprehensive information and give you detailed recommendations – from pure skin care to high-quality, individually prepared anti-aging creams.
    • Volume augmentation of the face can be easily combined with other non-surgical aesthetic dermatology procedures, for example with botulinum, a laser treatment, superficial wrinkle injections oder a peel. The methods complement each other, since they address the various causes of skin aging.
    • The effect of the volume therapy can be supported by regular skin care with a moisturizing cream containing hyaluronic acid.
    • To emphasize the skin-smoothing effect of the volume therapy in a lasting manner, we recommend individual follow-up care. In the cosmetics department of Rosenpark Clinic are competent staff members who will create your personal anti-aging care regimen.