Sculptra treatment for people with lipoatrophy and HIV
HIV can cause changes in the way your fat is distributed in your body.
Losing fat from your face is called facial lipoatrophy.
Sculptra® is the brand name of a treatment we use to restore volume to your face. This is done using injections. You might also hear this treatment called New-Fill (the old brand name).
A course of treatment is made up of 4 sessions.
The improvements from a course of Sculptra treatment can last between 12 and 24 months.
How Sculptra works
Sculptra is made of poly-L-lactic acid. It is injected into the skin on your face.
It has been used safely in medicine and surgery for decades.
It stimulates collagen (a natural protein in your body). This helps to restore the appearance of your face.
It works both immediately, and gradually over time.
It is not the same as a ‘filler’, like some used in cosmetic procedures.
Your course of treatment
What is a course of treatment
A complete course of treatment is made up of 4 sessions. You will have a session every 4 to 6 weeks.
How many courses of treatment you need will vary from person to person.
After you’ve finished a complete course of treatment
Improvements from a course of Sculptra treatment can last between 12 and 24 months.
You can ask to be referred back for another course of treatment if the results start to wear off.
How long the improvements last depends on your skin structure, how much fat you have lost in your face, your lifestyle and your age.
Please be aware that some of the initial volume might be lost between 1 to 6 weeks after a course of treatment.
Do not worry. Your collagen production will increase over time and your face will return to its usual appearance, usually between 5 and 6 weeks after treatment.
Further courses of treatment
When you feel that the result of your treatment has disappeared by about 50%, ask a clinician to refer you back to the Sculptra service.
Please speak to a clinician before all of the Sculptra effect has been lost.
Risks and side effects of treatment
After treatment, you might experience some numbness, swelling or discomfort. It's important to look out for signs of infection.
Risks of treatment can also include:
- a rare (less than 1 in 100) risk of blindness or damage to sight from skin injections to the face. The person treating you will talk to you in detail about this risk
- allergic reasons are rare but can happen. They can lead to prolonged redness, itching, swelling or a hardening around the injection site
Giving your permission (consent)
We want to involve you in decisions about your care and treatment. If you decide to go ahead, you will be asked to sign a consent form. This states that you agree to have the treatment and you understand what it involves.
Complete confidentiality will be maintained at all times.
Chelsea and Westminster Hospital deals with referrals for all local providers.
If a referral is requested to a different site, it's implied that you are giving permission for Chelsea and Westminster Hospital to pass on referral details and patient history from your referring site. This information will be transmitted securely.
Change or cancel your appointment
Sculptra appointments are managed by Chelsea and Westminster NHS Foundation Trust.
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