This permanent injectable filler is used to fill the lips, face and other parts of the body.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Is Bio-Alcamid for HIV Wasting?
- What Are the Possible Bio-Alcamid Complications?
- Are There Alternatives to Bio-Alcamid?
- Is Bio-Alcamid Unsafe?
Is Bio-Alcamid for HIV Wasting?
Bio Alcamid is used by people with HIV to fill out their facial and buttocks areas which have lost volume as a result of wasting. However, the product is not limited to HIV patients. It can be used by anyone with lipoatrophy (localized loss of fat tissue due to insulin injections, human growth hormones or Copaxone injections for multiple sclerosis). Persons with facial wasting, acne scarring, facial atrophy, age lines and even sunken cheeks can use this filler.
What Are the Possible Bio-Alcamid Complications?
The use of bio-Alcamid does have its complications, with people reporting negative side effects years after the treatment. Immediately after insertion, you will experience swelling and redness. The swelling usually remains for a few hours. In some cases the filler has caused serious infection, requiring antibiotics.
Some report granuloma (small nodules caused by inflammation which normally occur where the body’s immune system tries to fight off a foreign substance). Many people have reported migration of the filler to another area, creating an unsightly appearance. The manufacturer states that migration and granulomas occur due to incorrect placement of the product by doctors.
Are There Alternatives to Bio-Alcamid?
There are alternative synthetic and natural fillers which can be used to plump out areas of the body, although many of them are temporary. A fat transfer (where fat is suctioned from one part of the body and inserted into a sunken area) is a natural alternative which does not pose risk of an allergic reaction (since it’s the body’s own material). However, the fat is eventually reabsorbed by the body, requiring touch up treatments.
Other filler options include PPMA (polymethyl methacrylate), Contura’s LTF (long term filler), Artecoll, Autologen, Fat Injections, Botox, Juvederm, Perlane, Dermolagen, Restylane, Zyderm and Zyplast. For sunken cheeks such as facial or buttock cheeks, it may be best to opt for implants. Although the insertion of implants does involve surgery, it’s more permanent than most fillers.
Is Bio-Alcamid Unsafe?
The product provides a permanent dermal filler option because it’s not absorbed by the body and does not require surgical insertion. Many injectable fillers are only semi-permanent, being absorbed by the body over time. Also the body does not try to forcibly remove the filler. This is because when Bio-Alcamid is inserted it becomes covered by a thin capsule of collagen (about 0.02mm). However, many doctors claim it’s these qualities which also make Bio-Alcamid potentially dangerous.
Doctors argue that unlike other fillers, the collagen layer is not fed by blood vessels and accordingly, does not have the protection of the immune system. The lack of blood flow means that if an infection develops, the immune system can’t fight it. Whilst the Bio-Alcamid gel itself does not cause infections, one may be introduced through other means such as dental work being done close to the injected gel.
If an infection does occur, you will need to find a doctor to treat the problem and remove the product. Since Bio-Alcamid is not FDA Approved and thus not available in the US, many doctors are unfamiliar with it and don’t like to undertake these removal procedures.
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