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Facial volume loss is something that most people struggle with as they grow older. This happens because the fatty tissues beneath the facial skin begin to deteriorate and also become depleted over time.

To help patients address the common issues, we at Mohave Dermatology recommend the use of fillers like SCUPLTRA. We work very closely with each one our patients in order to determine whether a particular treatment would be best to treat their condition.


It is a dermal filler that has been approved by the FDA. It stimulates natural collagen production in the body. This treatment helps thicken the skin in the targeted areas, which eases the hollow and sagging appearance. This filler was specially formulated to treat problems of lost facial volume. It increases the elasticity of the skin and offers long lasting improvements.

The primary ingredient in SCULPTRA is PLLA (poly-L-lactic acid). lactic acid, is the same chemical that our muscles create after we exercise. However, in this filler, lactic acid molecules are connected in strings. When injected under the skin, the filler affects hollowness and wrinkles in two distinct ways. It adds volume under the skin and helps reduce the appearance of wrinkles. But this immediate enhancement isn’t as noticeable as the effects of a hyaluronic acid filler

The PLLA molecules in SCUPLTRA stimulate the production of collagen in the body over time which ultimately helps increase the thickness of the facial skin. These term effects are the main benefits of Sculptra as they make your skin more resilient against loss of volume, repetitive facial movements and gravity.  Since the filler increases the skin’s thickness, it gives the face a fuller appearance.

The Effects of Sculptra

Unlike most hyaluronic acid fillers, SCULPTRA isn’t used to treat under-eye areas or crow’s feet. This is because the skin at these points is too thin and the filler would nor provide the best outcomes. But SCULPTRA is very effective and can significantly improve:

  • Hollowed cheeks
  • Chin wrinkles and indented chin surfaces
  • Sunken eyes
  • Deep facial wrinkles
  • Marionette lines from the chin area to the mouth
  • Skin folds like the nasolabial folds from the mouth to the nose- also called smile lines
  • Marionette lines from the mouth to the chin

The initial injections are always applied in multiple sessions, over a duration of several months. Getting follow-up SCULPTRA injections helps maintain collagen growth and provides long-lasting results.

SCULPTRA Treatment at Mohave Dermatology

  • During your consultation at the clinic, our dermatologist will carefully assess your skin to determine where the SCULPTRA injections will be most beneficial.
  • Sometimes, the best results may be achieved when the filler is used to build up the thickness of the skin in the temples and cheeks.
  • We may recommend the use of other fillers to address problems like fine lines and wrinkles
  • After the first set of SCULPTRA injections is complete, we will schedule an appointment for the follow-up treatments after 4-6 weeks. Multiple sessions are generally needed for the best outcomes.
  • We administer topical anesthetics during the SCULPTRA treatment and our patients are able to tolerate the filler injections very well. You will hardly feel any discomfort or pain during the treatment.
  • Your dermatologist at Mohave Dermatology will recommend whether SCULPTRA alone or a combination of dermal fillers will help you achieve the look you want. The results of this treatment develop over a period of four to six months and the effects can last for at least up to two years.

Our dermatologists are highly skilled and you are assured of a natural-looking result. We have the training and experience required to place the injections at the right locations in the proper dosage. We have worked with various dermal fillers for many years and know exactly how they work.

Our team of experts is here to provide all the information you need about our services. You can also schedule an appointment with us, via this online form.

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10 Do’s and Don’ts
From Dermatologists

To help control oily skin, dermatologists recommend the following tips:

1.Apply sunscreen every day before you go outdoors.
Sunscreen is the closest thing we have to a fountain of youth. It really can slow down skin aging. It can also help prevent skin cancer. Look for a sunscreen that offers broad-spectrum protection, SPF 30 (or higher), and water resistance. While it’s important to protect infants’ skin from the sun, the AAD recommends applying sunscreen ONLY to children who are 6 months and older.

2.Don’t smoke.
Smoking speeds up how quickly your skin ages. If you smoke, your wounds will also take longer to heal. And research shows that smoking worsens some skin diseases, including psoriasis and hidradenitis suppurativa.

3.Check your skin for skin cancer.
Skin self-exams can help you find skin cancer early when it’s highly treatable. If you notice a spot that differs from the others, or one that changes, itches, or bleeds, make an appointment to see a dermatologist.

4.Use a self-tanner if you like looking tanned.
Anytime you tan indoors or outside, you prematurely age your skin. You also increase your risk of getting skin cancer. A self-tanner can give you the look you want without the risks. To keep your skin healthy, you want to protect it from the sun even when using a self-tanner.

5.Use skin care products that match your skin’s needs.
What’s your skin type — oily, dry, normal, combination, or sensitive? Do you have a skin condition? Using products formulated for your skin’s needs will help your skin look and feel its best.

6.Resist the urge to scrub your skin clean.
If you’ve been sweating heavily or have a serious acne flare, it may seem natural to scrub your skin. Don’t! Scrubbing irritates your skin, which can worsen any skin condition, including acne.

7.Wash your face when waking, before bed, and after sweating.
Washing when you wake up removes the dirt and bacteria that settle on your face while sleeping. Before bed, you want to remove makeup and grime, such as smog, smoke, or dirt, which may have landed on your skin.

8.Gently wash your face.
Gentle cleansing helps skin look its best. To gently cleanse your face, wet it with lukewarm water. Then apply a mild cleanser, gently applying the cleanser in a circular motion with your fingertips. Finish by completely rinsing off the cleanser and gently patting your face dry with a clean towel.

9.Stress less.
Finding healthy ways to manage stress can help your skin, too. Some skin diseases like psoriasis and atopic dermatitis (eczema) often appear for the first time when someone feels really stressed. Stress can also cause flare-ups of many skin conditions, including acne, eczema, psoriasis, and rosacea.

10.See a dermatologist if you dislike something about your skin.
When it comes to our skin, dermatologists are the experts. These doctors diagnose and treat thousands of different skin diseases. They also have the expertise needed to help people safely rejuvenate and care for their skin. (taken from the American Academy of Dermatology)

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