Fat loss (wasting) is a common complication from older HIV medications. Fat wasting, also called lipoatrophy, usually involves the face, arms and legs. Some people also have fat build up on the abdomen or neck. Fat accumulation and fat loss make up the lipodystrophy condition.
A medication called Poly-L-lactic acid (PLA) or Sculptra is now available through the pharmaceutical benefit scheme for the treatment of HIV-related fat wasting. This means that most of the cost of treatment is covered by Medicare.
Note that Sculptra is injected into the face in areas where fat has been lost. Most people will have a course of injections a month apart for 3-5 months. Following Sculptra injections facial skin becomes fuller which improves the appearance of folds and sunken areas. This effect usually lasts for 1 – 3 years. Side effects can include bruising and lumps.
Doctors at ESD are experienced in Sculptra injections. If you are wondering about the possible benefits of treatment please book in with one of our doctors to discuss.