Medical Minute: Healthy Look for HIV Patients

When Chuck Pepe looks in the mirror Friday, he sees a different person. One who is happier and healthier.

Pepe said, "I was becoming uninterested in things and isolating a little bit more than usual.

Chuck has HIV. The very drugs that keep him a live cause a condition knows as Facial Wasting.

Plastic surgeon Berish Strauch uses a technique called Dermafat Grafts to help patients achieve a normal look. It is a combination of deep layers of skin and the underling fat.

So far, all of his patients have had good results with no serious side effects.

Six weeks since Chuck's surgery, Chuck feels even better physically.

He said, "my appearance has improved greatly since the surgery, and I feel that there is a real link between mind and body."

If you would like more information, contact Eileen Wimmer at 718-405-8444.

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