Polylactic acid

An in-depth look at Polylactic acid, a key component used in aesthetic skin care treatments.

Understanding Polylactic Acid

Polylactic acid, also known as PLA, is a biodegradable polymer derived primarily from renewable resources such as cornstarch or sugar cane. In the field of aesthetic skin care, it has gained significant attention for its ability to stimulate collagen production. Let's delve into what makes this compound an essential part of various skin enhancement therapies.

The Role of Polylactic Acid in Skin Care

PLA is widely used as dermal fillers and thread lifts due to their collagen-stimulating properties. When PLA particles are injected into the skin, they start working on enhancing the natural elasticity and volume of the skin by stimulating collagen synthesis.

One popular brand that uses polylactic acid is Sculptra. Known for its non-surgical facelift effects, Sculptra treatments target wrinkles and facial folds by restoring lost collagen.

Benefits of Polylactic Acid Treatments

The benefits of using polylactic acid in skincare are numerous. Notably:

  • Non-allergic: Being a synthetic material, PLA does not cause allergic reactions.
  • Long-lasting: Effects can last up to two years.
  • Natural-looking results: Since PLA stimulates your own collagen production, the results are more natural-looking compared to other fillers.

Potential Side Effects

Though generally safe, like any treatment it can have potential side effects[^2^]. These may include bruising or swelling at the injection site. Always consult with a certified professional before undergoing any aesthetic treatments.


In a nutshell, polylactic acid plays a significant role in the field of aesthetic skincare. By stimulating collagen production, it helps restore facial volume and smooth out wrinkles and folds.

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Nancy Park, RN, BSN
Certified Aesthetic Nurse