May 15, 2005
Dear Dr. Frascino, I'm suffering from Parry Romberg Syndrom, a disease which is wastin away the fat in my face. Recently I heard about Sculptra, a new product which should be able to help patients with facial fat loss. During my internet searches I found your answer regarding the use of Sculptra. Now my questions and I hope you can help me. Do you know if Sculptra can already be used in patients with Romberg? Because I live in Germany I'm desperately looking for an doctor who is experienced in using this product. You would help me very much if you could mail me the address of experienced plastic surgeons, they could also live in the US. I would be very grateful for any help, because, my normal life is vanishing more and more and I have no idea what to do against this. Best wishes, Simone
Response from Dr. Frascino
Unfortunately, I have very little information about Parry-Romberg Syndrome and potential treatment options in Germany. My understanding is that Parry-Romberg Syndrome is quite rare and is characterized by slowly progressive deterioration (atrophy) of the skin and soft tissues of half the face. We call this "hemi-facial atrophy." It usually involves the left side and occurs more often in females than males. A variety of reconstructive techniques have been tried to cosmetically repair the wasted tissues. I do not know if Sculptra has been tried specifically for this condition.
Sculptra/New-Fill in Germany is approved for increasing the volume of depressed areas, such as skin creases, wrinkles, folds, scars, etc. it is also suitable for larger-volume corrections of facial fat loss (lipoatrophy). I suggest you contact the Sculptra/New Fill distributor in Germany for additional information and to locate a physician in your area skilled at using the product. The distributor information is:
Aventis Pharma Deutschland GMBH Asthetische Medizin Konigssteiner Str. 10 D 65812 Bad Soden Tel: 4969 305 7221 Fax: 4969 305 28476
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