One of the telltale signs of aging is facial fat loss or lipoatrophy, giving rise to flattening of once youthful contours and a general sagging or drooping of the features. Polylactic acid (PLLA) is a dermal filler which stimulates the body’s own natural production of collagen, specifically for people who are starting to show the first signs of volume loss, especially in their cheeks and around their eyes and temples.
PLLA is injected into the skin in areas where fat has been lost. It causes the skin to thicken via collagen neo-synthesis, improves appearance of folds and sunken areas, and hides the fat loss. For most people the effects will last for 2 years. It has been known as ‘the liquid facelift’ because re-volumising the upper face can help to lift other areas of the face which are starting to sag.
Unlike other fillers, PLLA does not give immediate results, rather by stimulating collagen production it gives a subtle gradual effect which builds over 4-6 weeks. You will likely require three monthly treatments to achieve the desired result.