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.

    You can find more information in our "Wrinkle treatment" information sheets, which you can request from us free of charge.

    Are you interested in a no-obligation personal consultation for poly-L lactic acid treatment at Rosenpark Klinik? We would be happy to schedule an appointment for you.

    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.