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Lipoatrophy

Are you suffering from sunken or hollow cheeks, known as ‘facial wasting’ or ‘Lipoatrophy’?

Lipoatrophy is often the symptom of years of therapy for HIV and AIDS, which may cause fat loss to the face, shoulders, arms and legs. Although you can build up the muscle in your shoulders, arms and legs, your face can remain hollow.

While these life-saving medications are essential they can leave tell-tale signs. You don’t have to live with the indicators of the treatment there are suitable treatments available to assist, such as our Face Rejuvenator treatment.

Medications treating the symptoms cause the collagen or fat layers just underneath the skin start to disappear, which leaves the cheeks sunken, making you looked tired and older than you really are.

Fatty tissue, which helps to fill out the face, is lost, causing the skin to sag and further wrinkle. This reduction in skin volume can make the face look thin and narrow. Fortunately, the Face Rejuvenator treatment we offer can help smooth lines and wrinkles and assist the skin to regain a firm and rejuvenated appearance by restoring lost skin volume.

At Cosmetic Image Clinics we want to help you to feel confident again by using our expertise in cosmetic medicine, so that you regain that healthy facial radiance.

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Why choose Cosmetic Image Clinics to have Lipoatrophy treated?


Cosmetic Image Clinics is owned and operated by former AMA Qld President and TV Medical Journalist Dr Ingrid Tall who has over twenty years of experience in the cosmetic medicine industry. Our clinic is medically supervised and if experience, credibility and a ‘natural look’ is what you are looking for, then make Queensland’s largest cosmetic clinic, Cosmetic Image Clinics your preferred provider.

What is Lipoatrophy?


Lipoatrophy or facial wasting is the loss of subcutaneous fat from the face.

People who suffer from Lipoatrophy can notice fat loss to the face, shoulders, arms or legs. The area inside the hollow can often be tender to touch, and the skin can become slightly lighter or darker than the surrounding skin.

What is the treatment for Lipoatrophy?


The substance used in the Face Rejuvenator treatment is a biocompatible, synthetic material that has been used by doctors for over 30 years. It contains skin-smoothing micro particles to help lift and smooth sagging skin without surgery.

The fatty tissue, which helps to fill out the face, is lost, causing skin to sag and further wrinkle. This reduction in skin volume can make the face look thin and narrow, making you appear older than you are. Fortunately, the product can assist in smoothing lines and wrinkles and help the skin regain a firm and youthful appearance by restoring skin volume that has been naturally lost.

For patients undergoing therapy for HIV and AIDS, the treatment for these hollowed areas in the cheek or temples is now subsidised by the pharmaceutical benefits scheme.

How many treatments are required?


The number of treatments required varies from patient to patient depending of the severity of Lipoatrophy. Commonly, two or three treatments at least are required, at four to six week intervals to create the desired results.

Further treatments may be required for more severe cases for optimal results.

Does the treatment hurt?


With this treatment you may feel some mild discomfort however at Cosmetic Image Clinics we do everything within our power to make the procedure as comfortable as possible utilising ice, numbing cream, vibrating instruments, ‘cannulas’ to minimise discomfort instead of needles. We also offer other forms of pain relief so talk to our team upon arrival.

What can I expect after my treatment?


You will be instructed to massage the treated areas for five days after your treatment. All you need is a minimum of five minutes five times a day. This is very important for the first few days immediately after the treatment and should be continued for the full five days.

You can return to normal activities after your treatment

Are there any side effects?


Some side effects of this treatment may include bleeding, tenderness or pain, redness, bruising, or swelling. Patients can use ice packs to ease any pain and swelling. These effects generally resolve in 2-6 days.  Rarely, an allergic reaction can occur which can cause red, inflamed nodules. This has never to date been seen amongst Cosmetic Image Clinics’ clients however it is still a risk.

The most common long-term side effect is the occurrence of palpable nodules where excess collagen has formed. This can occur; it is estimated in studies, in just fewer than 10% of patients. The formation of these nodules is far less common now with improved techniques and products. The nodules generally are not a problem if they occur as long as they are not visible. Visible nodules are rare and can be treated. The incidence of nodules is significantly increased if the treated areas are not massaged for five days after treatment to help disperse the product evenly throughout the skin.