In this medical video learn about the new revolutionary surgery that can help to reconstruct faces more successfully.
Read the full transcript »
Jennifer Matthews: Last year, George Sakellaris had a tough time going out in public. George Sakellaris: Because I'm HIV-positive and the type of medication that I was taking, what was happening was what they call wasting. Jennifer Matthews: George had lipoatrophy, fat loss that causes a sunken look in the face. George Sakellaris: It was hard to look in the mirror and see that that was happening, and there was nothing I could do. But Doctor Ciro Martins could do something with a new filler called Sculptra. Ciro Martins: It stimulates your body to produce collagen to actually increase the thickness of the skin. Jennifer Matthews: Sculptra is polylactic acid tissue filler. Doctors inject it in up to 60 spots on the face. Ciro Martins: It's an unbelievable reaction. It's an unbelievable effect that you have on people's lives. Jennifer Matthews: Sculptra can also fight one of the most common signs of aging by restoring fat that's been lost over time. Ciro Martins: It works very well for loss of tissue associated with aging. Jennifer Matthews: But Doctor Martins is most excited about its effect on HIV patients. Ciro Martins: It's a dramatic change in the quality of life. People who are affected by lipoatrophy, they really feel like they have a red flag stamped all over their face saying that they're HIV-positive. Jennifer Matthews: This before and after pictures show just how dramatic the change can be. George Sakellaris: I look in the mirror, and I look healthy. It was so dramatic, I just couldn't stop crying actually. Jennifer Matthews: Now, he's ready to live life with his best face forward. This is Jennifer Matthews reporting.
Copyright © 2005 - 2015 Healthline Networks, Inc. All rights reserved for Healthline.