Bio-Alcamid Before and After

April 24, 2012

Bio-Alcamid is a permanent dermal filler used to fill out areas of the face (large or small). It’s particularly helpful if you have deep acne scarring or facial atrophy. With permanent fillers, you can just go to the doctor once without needing to return for touch-up treatments. Many other types of filler are only temporary, so Bio-Alcamid can save you money in the long run. If you have facial wasting from HIV, then you will know how unpleasant the condition can make you look. There are varying degrees which can include sunken cheeks and very evident nose to mouth lines.  It can make a person look too skinny and appear that they are dying.

Whilst the treatment may sound like the best thing since sliced bread, there are patients who have reported problems with this product. Reported complications include migration, granulomas, swelling and infection. In relation to the migration, the manufacturer states that it’s only due to poor placement by the doctors. On the other hand, Aquamid is said not to migrate. ArteFill is another similar product to check out. You should speak with your doctor to see which types of fillers would be best for you. Some patients also seek out removal of Bio-Alcamid where complications have occurred.

Before and after photo

Before and After Photo: Bio-Alcamid for Lip Augmentation

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Simone had Bio-Alcamid injections to make her lips fuller. After the treatment, she has more confidence. You can see her upper and lower lips have substantially more volume and this has improved the overall look of her face.


What is Bio-Alcamid used for?

Bio-Alcamid is a permanent dermal filler which can be injected in larger volumes. This makes the treatment suitable for HIV patients who suffer from facial lipoatrophy or facial wasting. As the person loses volume, their skin starts to sag and facial features such as the cheeks begin to sink. The treatment is not necessary, but many who suffer from the condition feel that their life is being affected by their deteriorating appearance. This dermal filler offers nice smooth results which can restore the patient’s appearance and self-confidence.

Its use is not limited for persons who are HIV positive. It can also assist patients who are looking for a more permanent solution to deeper lines, wrinkles and folds. Millions of adults worldwide turn to short-term fillers such as Juvederm and Perlane to plump out the nose to mouth lines, marionette lines, forehead wrinkles, cheek augmentation and other treatments. Temporary fillers only usually last around 6 months to a year, after which touch up treatment is required. Bio-Alcamid is one of the enduring fillers which patients can turn to for longer lasting results.

Apart from filling out rhytids on the face, the lip form of the product can be used to add volume to the lips and to alter their shape permanently. There is another variation of the product suitable for the body such as filling out the glutes or calves. It can offer more appealing and longer lasting results than autologous fat transfer.

Before treatment

Having the product injected is a simple process which you can get done any time you wish. The key is not to just blindly opt for the treatment without knowing everything about it. There are endless options for adding volume and Bio-Alcamid is just one of them. If you’re a HIV patient the loss of facial volume has probably been gradually diminishing over the past few years. You probably didn’t even notice in the mirror for quite a while, since it’s harder to perceive gradual changes in yourself. So, considering you waited this long to even think about treatment, you may as well take a little time to research.

Your doctor will undoubtedly take you through benefits and risks of each treatment. It’s up to you whether you wish to accept the complication which may come during or after the procedure. Remember that you don’t have to go through with changing your face for anyone but yourself. If you are happy with the way you look, why risk any unwanted complications? These are the factors you need to consider before opting for a permanent solution.

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Once you do make a decision and you’ve recently had temporary fillers or some other type of treatment, then you may need to wait some time before being able to get Bio-Alcamid injected. Your doctor will let you know. At the doctor’s office, you will not need a skin test before you get started. This is because the product is not derived from animal tissue. Prior to the injections, your doctor will apply local anesthetic to alleviate the discomfort. After being injected, you are free to go home and relax if you have that luxury.

Risk, complications & side effects

Immediately after your injections, you will develop slight swelling. The inflammation will increase after a few hours. The area will remain swollen for up to 8 weeks, but improves day by day. Since it’s a foreign implant, there will always be a risk of infection or the body rejecting the material. Opinions found online are not very favorable toward the product. Some people state they have suffered granulomas and migration of the implant. The manufacturer, Polymekon, states this is due to the doctors incorrectly placing the product. Whichever is the case, you may end up with granulomas small bumps at the injection site or you may end up with a new injection site altogether if the material migrates from its original position.

There have been anecdotal reports of patients getting infections some four years after the procedure where the patient required antibiotics and removal of the implants. Some say it’s because Bio-Alcamid doesn’t allow enough blood to flow through it. Luckily, if any side effects occur, the product can be removed from the skin whether it’s one hour after the injections or even years later. Some doctors have stopped using Bio-Alcamid (Polyalkylimide) altogether for fear of patients’ safety and getting a bad reputation and use PMMA and silicone implants instead.

Recovery time

The procedure only takes about 15 minutes to half an hour. After you have the implant injected, you will be a little swollen but you will still be able to talk and carry out normal daily functions and activities. There may also be a little redness, but this doesn’t last long (usually only a few hours). You shouldn’t need any time off work. For this reason, injectable fillers are a preferable option to surgery. If you want, rent out some dvds and just take a few days to relax and think about your beautiful new face.

You will be able to feel the Bio-Alcamid cushions (the skin will be hard) for about a fortnight. After this, you shouldn’t feel that you’ve had implants at all and the skin should resume it elasticity. If you develop an infection then you may need to have Bio-Alcamid removed and may require antibiotics. If this happens, the recovery time will be prolonged and you may need to wait a few months before you can try another type of filler.

After the injections

You will be able to see the results immediately. The skin will embrace the volume almost instantaneously. Once most of the selling subsides (after about two weeks) you may again see that scar, wrinkle or depression that you intended to fill. Consequently, some patients may require a subsequent treatment in order to achieve the full effect. Your doctor should want you of this before you have the injections. At least this way you will be prepared for the possibility of more injections and the cost that comes with the procedure.

Even though the filler lasts permanently in the body, it doesn’t stop your face from aging. This means, you may need to refill the area after approximately five years to maintain the volume. Since patients claim to be experiencing infections and swelling years afterwards, you should keep in contact with your doctor just in case you develop any side effects. If you or your surgeon relocates, find another one who is experienced in removing Bio-Alcamid just in case anything happens in the future. This way, you will have someone to contact quickly, rather than scrambling around for a phone number if an emergency arises.

Cost

The cost of Bio-Alcamid can range between $1,200 and $2,900 depending on the severity of the loss of volume, the area you have filled, how much filler is required. This typically includes local anesthesia and facility fees. For example, having the lips plumped will cost around $1,500 whereas having cheek augmentation or filling out facial wasting can be around $3,000.

Opinions

I had Bio-Alcamid injected into my face about two years ago to fill out my nasal labial lines. I have been reading up about the product and I’ve come across some disturbing nightmare stories. So far I haven’t had any side effects whatsoever. The gel is smooth and looks absolutely gorgeous. I am worried. What if the capsule breaks or what if I get an infection. I am speaking to my doc next week about this but so far I am very satisfied with what it’s done for me.

Submitted by Billy on April 24, 2012

YouTube video

In this YouTube video Dr Kristina Zakhary explains Bio-Alcamid, what it is and how it works. She injects the permanent but reversible filler into a middle aged patient who has lost volume in her cheeks. She injects a long needle deep under the dermis and feels the application with her fingers to ensure smooth results. Once injected, the doctor needs to mold the gel in order to make it look natural and beautiful.

More before and after photos

Before and After Photo: Bio-Alcamid for Facial Wasting

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Terry had significant loss of volume in his cheeks with very pronounced nose-to-mouth lines. Bio-Alcamid filler has made him look more healthy and younger looking.
Before and After Photo: Bio-Alcamid for Higher Cheekbones
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Samantha has greatly improved her facial contour with Bio-Alcamid. Her cheeks have been augmented, giving her a fresher appearance and more harmonious facial contour.
Before and After Photo: Bio-Alcamid for Nasolabial FoldsPhoto #4
Jill had her nasolabial folds softened with Bio-Alcamid. After the treatment the skin between her nose and the outer corners of her mouth now appears even.
Before and After Photo: Bio-Alcamid for butt augmentation
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Georgia had very droopy buttocks due to significant weight loss. After the Bio-Alcamid treatment, her rear looks rounder and full of volume.

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One Response to “Bio-Alcamid Before and After”

Comment from Linda F
Time May 28, 2012 at 11:42 am

I had a massive staph infection from bio-alcamid done by Dr Soren White in NYC in March 2005. I have necrosis on the side of my face from the infection. I just had fat injections put in and didn’t last. My left eye has a bulge from it. Going to a dentist is frightening. I need a root canal and my Dr is nervous now. It has been a nightmare since 2005. Which Dr in Manhattan is reputable on this product. I wish I never heard of it. Its has ruined my life. I lost my husband during 9/11 and wanted to start over. Now I have lost so much of my self confidence.

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