Facial Wasting Correction in Beverly Hills
New-Fill to treat facial wasting
Facial wasting or facial lipoatrophy is the loss of subcutaneous fat from the face and is associated with medication for treatment of HIV infection. The risk of facial wasting has been lessened because of advances in antiretroviral therapy, but it still occurs. The longer a person is on HIV medications, the greater the likelihood of developing problems with facial wasting. Signs of lipoatrophy include the loss of subcutaneous fat primarily in the temporal region and cheeks and this tends to produce an emaciated appearance. There are two FDA approved facial fillers that can be used to treat facial lipoatrophy — Radiesse and Sculptra. Our team offers treatment of facial lipoatrophy with facial fillers in order to improve facial appearance. For individuals with limited financial means there are patient access programs that provide discounted facial fillers.
This condition occurs when fat wastes away from the fat pads in the cheeks, the temples, below the cheekbone, and alongside the nose. Lipoatrophy can be part of an overall condition known as Lipodystrophy Syndrome LDS , which ranges from mild to severe, and can occur synonymously with other symptoms, such as fat loss in the limbs and buttocks, and fat accumulation in the abdomen. Facial wasting is a debilitating condition that can have a negative psychological impact on patients who suffer from it. Facial wasting has many causes, including aging and weight loss and medication effects.
Facial wasting syndrome is part of a lipodystrophy that occurs as a complication of highly active antiretroviral therapy. The loss of subcutaneous fat in the cheeks and temples results in a hollow-eyed, bony, emaciated appearance that is characteristic of the results of treatment of human immunodeficiency virus. Cessation of therapy results in a rebound in viral load and subsequent morbidity. The appearance of facial wasting syndrome is optimally treated with custom-designed implants that are made using high-resolution computed tomography combined with surgeon input and computer-aided design and manufacturing technology. Twenty-two patients with facial wasting syndrome were treated using either submalar implants in more moderate cases or custom-designed implants in more severe cases.