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Author Topic: Just how painful are facial injections?  (Read 264 times)

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Offline etherize

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Just how painful are facial injections?
« on: November 13, 2015, 02:30:37 PM »
After many many years of HIV/AIDS, I'm finally seriously considering a facial filler.  My insurance (Kaiser) will pay for Sculptra, I think.

I've avoided it for all these years because I have a VERY low pain threshold and I hate needles in general.  But I had to switch meds during cancer treatment, and my best options at the time were AZT/3TC and Isentress.  My already wasted face became virtually skeletal thanks to AZT, and I've become a recluse in part due to how I look.

This month I finally switched to a regimen that doesn't contain AZT, but apparently IF (a big IF) that does reverse any lipoatrophy, it could be many years before the results are even visible.  :'(

During cancer treatment, I did manage to inject myself every day with ... I can't remember what, but it was a superthin needle injected into the prodigious fat (thanks HIV) of my stomach. 

So, can anybody give me a clue as to how painful the actual injections might be -- like on a scale from paper cut to kidney stone ... ?  ;)

Seriously, any help is much appreciated.  Thanks!
HIV+ since 1982, AIDS dx 1995

Current HIV meds:  3TC, Prezistra, Norvir, Isentress

Breast cancer: 2011

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Re: Just how painful are facial injections?
« Reply #1 on: November 13, 2015, 03:15:29 PM »
I donít remember feeling much of any discomfort at all .  Best of luck !

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Re: Just how painful are facial injections?
« Reply #2 on: November 13, 2015, 08:47:34 PM »
Hi , I had injections back in 2002 It was New Fill ,which is now known as Sculptra.
If I remember correctly they used a topical numbing agent.
The pain was very minimal ( paper cut ).
My face has filled in slowly over the years , only to droop as I aged ....LOl
Go for it you will feel much better about yourself, especially if Kaiser is paying !
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Re: Just how painful are facial injections?
« Reply #3 on: November 21, 2015, 11:46:38 PM »
Thanks for the replies, guys! :)
HIV+ since 1982, AIDS dx 1995

Current HIV meds:  3TC, Prezistra, Norvir, Isentress

Breast cancer: 2011


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