A randomized study of the efficacy and safety of injectable poly-L-lactic acid versus human-based collagen implant in the treatment of nasolabial fold wrinkles

Rhoda S. Narins, Leslie Baumann, Fredric S. Brandt, Steven Fagien, Scott Glazer, Nicholas J. Lowe, Gary D. Monheit, Marta I. Rendon, Rod J. Rohrich, Wm Philip Werschler

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Abstract

Background: Injectable poly-L-lactic acid (PLLA) is a synthetic, biodegradable, biocompatible polymer device. Objective: We sought to compare the efficacy and safety of injectable PLLA with human-derived collagen in treating nasolabial fold wrinkles. Methods: In this randomized, evaluator-blinded, parallel-group, multicenter study, subjects received injectable PLLA (n = 116) or collagen (n = 117) injections (1-4 visits, 3-week intervals). Wrinkle Assessment Scale scores were calculated at screening; posttreatment week 3; months 3, 6, 9, and 13 (injectable PLLA or collagen groups); and months 19 and 25 (injectable PLLA group). Safety data were obtained from subject interviews and case report forms. Results: Injectable PLLA significantly improved mean Wrinkle Assessment Scale scores (all time points, P < .001). Improvements (up to 25 months after last treatment) were significantly greater (P < .001) than with collagen for posttreatment months 3 to 13. Limitations: Mostly white women and subjects with Fitzpatrick skin types II and III were included. Conclusion: Injectable PLLA provides well-tolerated, effective, and long-lasting (up to 25 months) nasolabial fold wrinkle correction.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)448-462
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of the American Academy of Dermatology
Volume62
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1 2010

Keywords

  • aesthetic
  • dermal filler
  • injectable device
  • injectable poly-L-lactic acid
  • soft-tissue augmentation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dermatology

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    Narins, R. S., Baumann, L., Brandt, F. S., Fagien, S., Glazer, S., Lowe, N. J., Monheit, G. D., Rendon, M. I., Rohrich, R. J., & Werschler, W. P. (2010). A randomized study of the efficacy and safety of injectable poly-L-lactic acid versus human-based collagen implant in the treatment of nasolabial fold wrinkles. Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, 62(3), 448-462. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jaad.2009.07.040