An HIV-related condition called lipodystrophy causes a wasting away of fat tissues in the face. This distinctive facial wasting stigmatizes HIV and AIDS patients, contributing to heightened levels of anxiety and depression.
“There are several soft tissue-augmenting substances now legally available in the U.S., each with its own pros and cons,” says Dr. Jochen. “For anyone considering this type of treatment, it’s very important to evaluate whether the substance is FDA-approved, how permanent the correction will be, how many treatments are recommended to achieve the desired results, and the costs involved. It’s also vital to find a physician who is experienced in the specialized injections of these substances.”
“I had the silicone micro drip done nearly two years ago,” wrote one patient to Dr. Jochen. “My face still shows no signs of the effects of the lipodystrophy. I’ve been able to land a good-paying job with great health benefits. I don’t believe I would have gotten the job without your help. I want to thank you and let you know that you are helping to change lives.”