Plastic surgical options for HIV-associated lipodystrophy

J Plast Reconstr Aesthet Surg. 2008;61(4):359-65. doi: 10.1016/j.bjps.2007.11.014. Epub 2007 Dec 21.


With the reported prevalence of HIV-associated lipodystrophy approaching 80%, this patient group presents an increasing challenge to plastic surgeons. Based on a literature search conducted using OVID Medline, this review shall describe the various treatment options employed by plastic surgeons to deal with the problems of fat distribution in patients suffering from HIV-lipodystrophy, and examine the evidence for each treatment.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Collagen / therapeutic use
  • HIV-Associated Lipodystrophy Syndrome / epidemiology
  • HIV-Associated Lipodystrophy Syndrome / pathology
  • HIV-Associated Lipodystrophy Syndrome / surgery*
  • Humans
  • Lipectomy / methods
  • Prevalence
  • Reconstructive Surgical Procedures / methods*
  • Rhytidoplasty / methods
  • Subcutaneous Fat / transplantation
  • Surgical Flaps


  • Collagen