Treatment of HIV associated lipoatrophy: more than just skin deep
With increased survival rates and individuals living with long-term treatment regimens, side effects of HAART have become more evident . One widely documented side effect of HAART is lipodystrophy in which body fat is redistributed as a result of lipohypertrophy of fat of the viscera, neck and breast and lipoatrophy of subcutaneous fat. Facial wasting has serious implications for an HIV-positive person’s self-confidence and quality of life due to the stigmatising nature of the condition and its association with HIV. In order to counteract the stigmatising nature of the condition, New Fill, which is a polylactic acid treatment, is injected to cover the buccal and/or temporal fat pads to improve facial appearance. The New Fill clinic at North Manchester General Hospital is a nurse-led service that is a once-weekly clinic offering this service to patients in the North West.
HIV Nursing 2017; 17: 24–26.
Michelle Croston & Jennifer Cawsey
Manchester Metropolitan University & North Manchester General Hospital