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Cosmetic Surgery: Poly-l-Lactic Acid (Sculptra Aesthetic)

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Targets: Areas that have lost collagen, a protein in fibrous tissues that give skin elasticity and strength. Sculptra helps fill in deep folds or wrinkles. “It’s similar to a fat transfer without the need to harvest the fat,” says Dr. Ian Lonergan, who has a Wilmington practice.

Procedure: The doctor injects the product into the area. You’ll likely need more than one treatment. 

Time: Generally, you can get in and out in under an hour. 

Recovery: You may have some bruising or swelling. As the body generates new collagen, you’ll gradually see results, which can last up to two years. 

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