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Author Topic: Radiesse Or Sculptra When Choosing A Temp. Filler For Mild Lipoatrophy  (Read 14520 times)

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Offline Betty

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I am seriously considering a temp. filler for my grade 1 Lipoatrophy of the face. Can anyone tell me which is considered better for facial lipoatrophy and why ?  Thanks for all your imput and advice.


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Re: Radiesse Or Sculptra When Choosing A Temp. Filler For Mild Lipoatrophy
« Reply #1 on: February 06, 2008, 09:17:23 AM »
well radiesse is not permanent,sculptra(bio-alcamid is and so is pmma

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Re: Radiesse Or Sculptra When Choosing A Temp. Filler For Mild Lipoatro
« Reply #2 on: February 06, 2008, 04:50:40 PM »
BTW  Scultra is considered  "temporary"  I am part of a 5 yr study..( in the second year now) and I can tell you it is definitely "temporary"....it fades slowly  and can be refreshed..the study is to determine the typical "refresh" time...

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Re: Radiesse Or Sculptra When Choosing A Temp. Filler For Mild Lipoatrophy
« Reply #3 on: February 07, 2008, 01:23:58 AM »

Sculptra is definitely not permanent.  It's probably fine if you have mild lipoatrophy, but it won't be cost-effective if your condition looks like it's progressing.  I've had many, many Sculptra treatments, and while the product works, I'm now heading to Tijuana for PMMA treatment.  I simply can't afford to get my face refilled constantly, so I've opted for something permanent.  Mind you, my lipo is progressing pretty fast, so you may be in a different situation.

Hope this helps.

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Re: Radiesse Or Sculptra When Choosing A Temp. Filler For Mild Lipoatro
« Reply #4 on: February 08, 2008, 04:25:25 PM »
Hi Betty:

I am in a similiar situation to you.  I've been HIV + for over 4 years and have only been on ATRIPLA for a couple of years.  THe last year I have notice some lypo in my face (not much) and my butt).  I have had people asking me if I have lost weight (being fully clothed) where I have actually gained weight (I am 5'11, about 200 lbs).  So it is mild but I was thinking of getting something to combat the mild lypo.

Any info you come across please let me know, or experiences.


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Re: Radiesse Or Sculptra When Choosing A Temp. Filler For Mild Lipoatrophy
« Reply #5 on: February 29, 2008, 11:54:33 AM »
I had the sculptra done going on 18 months ago now. There is a program with the company that you can obtain the filler for free . And what you work out with the doc is up to the doc.  Am i totally satisfied with the result? Well if your expecting to look like you did when you were young and fresh  you'll be disappointed. But to take away the sunken in cheeks , it does work . You may feel a slight bumpyness but when I compare what I look like now to before there is a nice difference. Will I go for additiona treatments? I don't know at this time. But it will be available free again after 2 years , so who knows..........
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If you do choose Sculptra you can contact the Patient Access Program by calling 866-310-7551, they have a menu of options including having an application faxed to you.  I started the process for financial assistance and finding an approved cosmetic surgeon and it took me about 4 weeks.  I decided on Sculptra after hearing from an acquaintance that he had it done for no cost and he looked great.  I have had 6 treatments so far, as I had a lot of facial fat loss, and am very pleased with the results.  Radiesse does not last as long as Sculptra and my cosmetic surgeon said it would not be a good filler for the amount of restoration I required and would not recommend it as to treat HIV wasting as it would absorb too quickly.  There must be some reason the FDA approved Sculptra as the only filler for HIV wasting, although Radiesse is fairly new and Sculptra has been in use for years.  I have a few friends that have had the treatments and we are all pleased with the results and one friend has gone 2 years and required 2 further treatments,  after about 18 months, and all of us are pleased with the results. I think it appears to last differently on each person based on viral load, meds., diet, etc.  Hopefully we will get approval of fillers that are permanent and that insurance will cover.
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Re: Radiesse Or Sculptra When Choosing A Temp. Filler For Mild Lipoatro
« Reply #7 on: March 29, 2008, 10:15:05 PM »
Hello All,

Here is my experience

I also had mild facial wasting at the temples and just below the checks. I had a total of three Sculptra treatments by an excellent plastic surgeon.  I waited several years before taking the plunge.   I know Scupltra is a temporary filler but I was drawn to it because it promotes natural collagen production and last longer than Radiese.  I had  concerns about infection, natural blood flow and scarring (keloids) from multiple injections since I have medium brown skin.  I understand that treatment results vary based on the grade of wasting, facial features, skin thickness, weight and so forth.

I am happy to report that my facial results after the last treatment four months ago remain amazing and I am very pleased. I have no scarring.  Even the doctor was amazed at the correction results. I did feel a few bumps under my skin at the temples that were not noticeable to the eye. My doctor told me to vigorously message the bumpy area. 

I must make a point here, though. My facial wasting stopped progressing ten years ago.  People also told me how young I looked before the treatments. It was the lean look, I guess.  Since I had the wasting, I was not able to see what I would have naturally looked like as I aged since everything sort of just stopped. So I guess the face I see now, although fuller, is what would have happened. I had the Sculptra treatments because I  just wanted to get rid of the indentations at the temples and the checks. Now I and others think that I look better and well rested.

I also used the assistance program (no charge for the vials) when I was unemployed, without a hitch.
« Last Edit: March 29, 2008, 10:16:49 PM by OneTampa »
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Offline MitchMiller

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Re: Radiesse Or Sculptra When Choosing A Temp. Filler For Mild Lipoatro
« Reply #8 on: April 08, 2008, 01:24:10 AM »
Just curious how much area of your temples was treated?  I have been watching my temples slowly sink... and veins slowly start to protrude for the last 2 or 3 years.  I would very much like to find some type of filler that could fill out my temples.  So far the only thing I've heard of that works well is liquid silicone.  I'm still reluctant to try it, but if this continues for another year, I figure my lifespan would probably be shorter than the time that the silicone might start migrating... so may as well get it done.

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Re: Radiesse Or Sculptra When Choosing A Temp. Filler For Mild Lipoatro
« Reply #9 on: April 08, 2008, 09:28:33 PM »

I had what I considered fairly deep indentations at the temples although I had no veins showing since I have thick skin. I do have very high cheekbones which made the indentations even more noticeable, though.  I had the temples completely filled in with a  little overfill that the doctor suggested I message vigorously in anticipation of the space becoming level.  It did and that area of my head looks really smooth and level at the edge of the eyes on back. I now have no noticeable indentations and that skeleton head look has disappeared.

I will see how long the treatments last.

I hope this helps you as you decide on your treatment.

Take care.
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