What is Lipodystrophy?

Lipodystrophy, also known as facial wasting, refers to a characteristic fat loss in the cheeks and temples.  When the fat wastes away it results in a bony “sunken” facial appearance. Facial Lipodystrophy is more likely to occur in individuals who have taken HIV medications and can be quite stigmatizing.  

What causes Facial Wasting?

  • Nucleoside analog Anti-HIV drugs (long-term use)
  • Natural aging
  • Low body fat percentages
  • Anorexia or bulimia
  • HIV/AIDS, cancer, and Other diseases resulting in extreme weight loss

Treatment for Facial Wasting

The most common treatments for facial wasting is Sculptra. It is used to treat all four stages of facial wasting, normal, mild, moderate, and severe facial wasting.

Sculptra: Sculptra injections increase facial volume. Sculptra can be performed in-office with no pretesting and normal activity can be done immediately after treatment.