I've lived with HIV for more than 25 years and I'm grateful for that. But my face belies my good fortune. I've begun developing "the look" of a long-term survivor -- the telltale troughs in my face (facial lipoatrophy) that bear witness to my history of taking HIV medications.
Fortunately, treatment for this condition is available, and my video blog takes you along as I meet the talented Dr. Gerald Pierone. Observe my consultation with him, hear answers to common questions and see my own procedure and the results. Dr. Pierone used a combination of Radiesse (calcium hydroxylapatite, Radiance) and Sculptra (poly-L-lactic acid, New-Fill) to begin restoring the loss of facial fat, and I look forward to follow-up procedures in the months to come. Maybe my experience can help you decide if this is right for you or someone you care about.
By the way, patient assistance is still available for Sculptra. Ask your HIV physician about forms to submit that reduce the cost considerably to those in financial hardship.
In the meantime, my friends, please be well.
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Episode Seven: Treating My Facial Wasting
Got a question about facial wasting? Ask Dr. Pierone at The Body's Ask the Expert forum.