Being Alive provides the best in wellness and supportive care services that empower our client-members to manage their health better.
We offer a variety of no-cost therapies to our client-members in a safe and supportive environment. Services are provided by our caring service provider partners regardless of income. Each service includes consultation on HIV viral load and CD4 cell status awareness, medication regimen adherence, and overall wellness assessment.
Anyone can create a wellness center, but Being Alive provides a comprehensive, individual assessment plan with each person prior to wellness service deliveries.
Being Alive is proud to offer the only free, minimally invasive Facial Rejuvenation Clinic in Los Angeles. Our clinic, which started in 2007, is very popular and available to all qualified Being Alive members.
Robert Cohen, M.D. oversees the clinic and performs all procedures himself. Dr. Cohen has over 20 years experience in cosmetic surgery and in minimally invasive cosmetic procedures. He has helped thousands of men and women gain a new lease on life and enjoy new confidence.
“I really love to help people – and when I can repair damage or enhance beauty in a natural way, I am truly honored! I’ve seen depression lift and new life emerge. I love what I do!” Dr. Cohen’s artistic eye, combined with the precision of his surgical skills and his deep appreciation for natural beauty equip him well for aesthetic medicine and, in particular, for the challenges that come with being a well-respected westside cosmetic surgeon. Dr. Cohen is also available to be seen in two additional westside locations (Westside Aesthetics and Cosmetic Rejuvenation Medical Center).
The primary product used in the program is a biologic filler called Sculptra. Sculptra is a very unique injectable filler, typically used to restore lost volume in large areas. Sculptra is made from a biocompatible, biodegradable synthetic substance called poly-L-lactic acid, which has been used for decades in the medical field. It does not require allergy testing before use. In fact, this is the same material used in dissolvable suture material.
A common seen condition with HIV/AIDS patients is facial wasting or “facial lypoatrophy.” This condition results in the loss of volume in the patient’s face, resulting in a hallow gaunt-like apprearance. Rather than actually filling the area, the material in Sculptra stimulates your body to produce its own collagen in the areas injected. Collagen is a key structural component in skin and is necessary to retain a youthful appearance. By stimulating collagen production, Sculptra causes the skin to thicken and soften in the areas injected, giving both increased volume and smoothing out fine line and wrinkles. This creates a natural and long-lasting cosmetic improvement for up to two years. The process is gradual and not a quick fix, but it offers long-term correction for areas of volume loss in the face, such as the cheeks and temples. The full treatment usually requires two to three relatively painless injection sessions spread out one to two months between each session. Contact Steve Ward to schedule an appointment for an initial consultation.