Treatment of postoperative soft tissue loss with injectable poly-L-lactic acid

J Drugs Dermatol. Nov-Dec 2006;5(10):1000-1.


We present a case of a 40-year-old woman with a history of a wide local excision for a melanoma and subsequent postoperative soft tissue loss who was successfully treated with injectable poly-L-lactic acid (Sculptra). After only one treatment with the filler agent, the treated area showed significant volume enhancement and improved cosmesis 10 months postinjection. We propose a possible role for injectable poly-L-lactic acid in improving the appearance of postoperative volume loss.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Cosmetic Techniques
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Injections
  • Lactic Acid / administration & dosage
  • Lactic Acid / therapeutic use*
  • Melanoma / surgery
  • Polyesters
  • Polymers / administration & dosage
  • Polymers / therapeutic use*
  • Postoperative Care / methods*
  • Postoperative Complications / drug therapy*
  • Soft Tissue Injuries / drug therapy*
  • Treatment Outcome


  • Polyesters
  • Polymers
  • Lactic Acid
  • poly(lactide)