Why Does the Doctor Call Sculptra (Crystilline Poly L Lactic Acid Injection) a Sugar and Safe?

Why Does the Doctor Call Sculptra (Crystilline Poly L Lactic Acid Injection) a Sugar and Safe?
Sugar is the generalised name for a class of sweet-flavored substances used as food. They are carbohydrates and as this name implies, are composed of carbon, hydrogen and oxygen. There are various types of sugar derived from different source. Poly(lactic acid) or polylactide (PLA) is a thermoplastic aliphatic polyester derived from renewable resources It can biodegrade under certain conditions, such as the presence of oxygen, and is difficult to recycle.

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Sculptra composition and safety

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First of all, I want to say that Sculptra, if used correctly, is a safe product.  The active ingredient in Sculptra is known as Poly-L-lactic Acid.  It is true that this form of the compound is not a sugar.  I believe that the confusion may have resulted because there is also a general compound, known as Polylactic Acid.  This compound can be derived from resources such as corn starch, tapioca, or sugarcane.  Unfortunately, science is not always the most precise when it comes to language.  

San Francisco Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Sculptra is not a sugar

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Your doctor is correct that Sculptra is "safe" but is misinformed about the structure. It is not a sugar. It is a synthetic material.  Understanding what it is is key to understanding how to use it.

Is Sculptra a sugar?

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Your doctor is mistaken. He is probably thinking about hyaluronic acid filler such as Juvederm which is a polysaccharide (long chain sugar). Sculptra is very safe. The material is the same as Vicryl sutures that has been used for many years.

Peter T. Truong, MD
Fresno Oculoplastic Surgeon
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