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Improving facial appearence.
May 12, 1999

My doctor mentioned to me a new treatment, not collagen, to improve my "sunken cheeks" look: cilicone. How safe is it? How long has it been used for this purpose on HIV patients? Any studies have been conducted on this subject? Note: I never had a plump face, so the only area that looks different is on both sides of my nose, agravated also because I had all my third molars extracted over 40 years ago (I am 60 now). Any suggestions other than cilicone or collagen to improve the condition?

Response from Dr. Fisher

I am not aware of studies specifically in HIV patients for this, but the use of silicone or collagen I believe are common in plastic surgery. However none of us are plastic surgeons...so you better consult with one. Alvan Fisher, M.D.


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