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HIV/AIDS and Lipodystrophy Treatments Part II: Treatments for Fat Loss

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Artefill for Lipoatrophy

Dr. Pierone, can you recommend Artefill for minor depressions in the face caused by HIV and or medications? I am wanting something that is more permanent. ThanksWayne
Gerald Pierone, M.D.

Response from Gerald Pierone, M.D.

AIDS Research and Treatment Center of the Treasure Coast
Hello and thanks for posting. Artefill is a facial filler that consists of a combination of bovine collagen and PMMA (poly methyl methacrylate) microspheres. The PMMA component is the permanent component and these microspheres are surrounded by... Read more »

Can Artefill be mixed (injected over) newplastic / metacrill PMMA?

Hi,Can artefill (here in USA) be mixed with newplastic, metacrill or precise PMMA (the pmma offered by Clinica estetica or dr. casavantes in brazil/tijuana) ? Meaning can the artefill filler be injected into a nose or buttocks that already has...
Gerald Pierone, M.D.

Response from Gerald Pierone, M.D.

AIDS Research and Treatment Center of the Treasure Coast
Yes, Artefill is ok to use layered over other PMMA products. The one caveat is that skin testing to rule out allergy to bovine allergy is necessary before Artefill can be used. Good luck! Read more »

Is PMMA fine considering Artefill is not avilable?

Hi, I read your answer about a study comapring PMMA and Artefill. Seeing that Artefill is no longer available and PMMA is much cheaper,would PMMA be a suitable substitute permanent filler. Is the difference between the two so dramatically different?
Gerald Pierone, M.D.

Response from Gerald Pierone, M.D.

AIDS Research and Treatment Center of the Treasure Coast
One of the reasons that people head for Tijuana or Brazil for PMMA treatment is because the product is much more affordable south of the border. Artefill (when it was available) was cost prohibitive for almost all patients with HIV facial... Read more »

how do you get patient financial assist for artefill

How do i find out about a patient assistance for Artefill, I have seen programs for Sculptra but nothing for artefill
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
Does any reader know of a program or link related to patient assistance programs for Artefill? If so please post. KH Read more »
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