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Put Your Best Face Forward

shutterstock_341261999Unfortunately, we are all going to face the inevitable of getting older. However, we can slow down the aging process. It all starts with proper skin care; keeping the skin fresh and protected is key to looking and feeling younger. Sunscreen, moisturizer, and anti-aging products can be used to hinder the aging process, especially when used daily and correctly.

For those superficial signs of aging that you can’t get rid of with a regular skin care regimen, cosmetic treatments can dramatically reduce signs of aging such as fine lines, wrinkles, sun damage, and age spots. With these treatments, patients can achieve younger-looking skin with minimal recovery time and pain.

Cosmetic Facial Treatments

  • BOTOX® Cosmetic: A protein neurotoxin derived from botulinum toxin A, which is injected into the facial muscles and inhibits their movement, overall diminishing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
    • BOTOX® Cosmetic targets:
      • Fine lines between the brows
      • Crow’s feet
      • Forehead lines
  • Laser skin resurfacing: Retin-A® is used, which is a prescription treatment that thins the skin’s outer layer, allowing the acid solution used in the peel treatment to penetrate deeply and evenly.
    • Retin-A® targets:
      • Facial wrinkles
      • Blotchy skin
      • Sun-damaged skin
  • Fat transfer: Liposuction is used to remove fat from one area of the body with excess fat, and then the purified fat is injected into the face. The added volume to the face will fill wrinkles and make the skin look and feel fuller.
    • Fat transfer targets:
      • Wrinkles
      • Lines
      • Hollows

By undergoing one or more of these treatments, you can achieve fresher, more youthful skin that can last with a proper skin care regimen. For the best results, you should practice healthy skin habits with these treatments.

Skin Care Tips

  • Protect: Use sunscreen daily. Even when the sun isn’t bright and when it is gloomy outside, UV rays can still shine through and damage your skin.
  • Moisturize: Use a moisturizer daily on the face, hands, and body. The best time to do this is when your skin is still damp after showering or bathing.
  • Avoid long, hot showers: Take short, cool showers to protect the skin from losing its natural oils and nutrients. Do not use scalding hot water.
  • Ease up on exfoliants: Avoid daily use of cleansers and other skin care products with alpha hydroxy acids and other exfoliating agents. Although these help with exfoliation and skin cell turnover, they can dry out the skin. Aim to exfoliate your skin just once or twice a week.

Fine lines, wrinkles, and age spots, can be alleviated with a healthy skin care regimen and anti-aging treatments from Dr. Scroggins. The skin won’t stay young and fresh forever, so be kind to your skin!

If you are interested in facial cosmetic treatments or would like to learn more about skin care, Dr. Scroggins can provide you with all the information you need. You can schedule your consultation by calling (301) 220-0400 or by filling out our online contact form.

Can BOTOX® Cosmetic Treat Depression?

BOTOX® CosmeticFacial expressions and moods are interconnected in powerful ways. Permanent brow furrows and facial lines around the mouth can pull the face down into a perpetually sad or angry expression. Research has found that BOTOX® Cosmetic can treat depression by softening moderate to severe forehead lines and wrinkles, thereby softening your expression and, consequently, improving your mood.

“Your Face Is Going to Freeze Like That”

Do you remember your mom telling you when you were a child that if you didn’t stop making a funny face, your face would freeze like that? There’s an element of truth to the idea that your face can become permanently altered by facial expressions. Repeated facial expressions of anger, sadness, worry, or stress will eventually lead to facial lines and wrinkles. The muscle movements that cause these lines and wrinkles send signals to your brain that you actually feel sad, depressed, or stressed, and your brain sends return signals to reinforce the facial expressions and, therefore, the mood.

Children as Examples of Facial Expressions and Mood

Children who are grumpy often frown, furrow their brows, and pinch their lips together, which only seems to make them grumpier. One of the best ways to help a child get out of a grumpy mood is to get him or her to smile. Tickling, making a funny face, or giving a treat can coax a smile. That smile may take a moment to appear, but as soon as he or she genuinely smiles, you will witness a noticeable mood change as the grumpiness fades away. That is the power of facial expressions – they can make you grumpier, happier, sadder, angrier, or enhance any other emotion. By relaxing your face and smiling, you can bring yourself out of a negative mood and genuinely feel better. However, if your face has permanent lines that have become etched in over the years, it may be difficult to fully relax your facial muscles. This is where BOTOX® Cosmetic can help.

How BOTOX® Cosmetic Can Treat Depression

BOTOX® Cosmetic is a facial injectable that stops specific facial muscles in the upper face from contracting. In doing so, it softens fine lines and wrinkles in the forehead, brows, between the brows, and around the eyes. Relaxing these facial muscles sends new positive emotion signals to the brain, which it then reinforces by sending back similar return signals. Scientific studies have found that BOTOX® Cosmetic can effectively treat depression by smoothing facial lines and inhibiting negative facial expressions such as a pinched forehead or furrowed brows.

If you struggle with depression or if your forehead and brow area has moderate to severe wrinkles that cause you to feel stressed, sad, tired, or angry, you may benefit from BOTOX® Cosmetic treatments. Schedule your consultation with Dr. Carlton Scroggins by calling (301) 220-0400 or filling out our online contact form today.

Restore a Youthful Appearance with BOTOX® Cosmetic and Fillers

Is your face making you appear tired or angry, even though you don’t feel that way? The natural aging process, combined with other factors like gravity, sun exposure, and the daily stresses of life, can have a dramatic effect on the overall appearance of the face. To restore a youthful facial appearance, individuals all over Washington D.C. seek effective treatments like BOTOX® Cosmetic and injectable fillers.

BOTOX® CosmeticFemale receiving Botox® injection

BOTOX® Cosmetic is an FDA-approved substance produced from a toxin that is derived from bacterium Clostridium. This injectable diminishes fine lines and wrinkles by temporarily relaxing the muscles of the face.

BOTOX® Cosmetic can effectively improve the following:

  • Forehead wrinkles

  • Crow’s feet

  • Frown lines

BOTOX® Cosmetic injections are performed on an outpatient basis and require no anesthesia. After the targeted areas are cleaned, BOTOX® Cosmetic is administered directly into the muscles of the face through a fine needle. The results will not be immediately apparent but will become noticeable over the next few days. Although every patient is different, BOTOX® Cosmetic injections usually last between three and six months.

Injectable Fillers

Injectable fillers restore fullness to areas of the face that experienced loss of volume. There is a variety of fillers that are available in cosmetic treatment, but a fat transfer is often highly desired because it eliminates the risk of an allergic reaction.

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A fat transfer can improve the facial appearance by:

  • Restoring fullness to the eye area

  • Adding volume to the cheeks

  • Filling in folds around the mouth

  • Plumping the lips

  • Filling in deeper lines, wrinkles, and creases

Fat transfer is performed on an outpatient basis. Once the targeted areas are cleaned, fat that was previously harvested from another area of the patient’s body is injected into the face. Patients are usually able to enjoy a refreshed and more youthful appearance immediately after the procedure, and the results can last anywhere from a few months to a few years.

If the signs of aging are starting to make you look older, we encourage you to schedule a consultation with Plastic Surgery of Greater Washington today. Our experienced plastic surgeon, Dr. Carlton Scroggins, and his staff look forward to meeting with you to discuss how you can quickly achieve a more youthful appearance. Call (301) 220-0400 or fill out our online contact form today to schedule your free consultation.

Plastic Surgery Misconceptions

With the rise in popularity of plastic surgery over the last few decades and the media attention on celebrity plastic surgeries gone wrong, many people have a misguided idea of this medical specialty. Here is the truth to several common misconceptions about plastic surgery.

Misconception: Plastic Surgery Results Look Fake

The term ‘plastic surgery’ covers a wide range of procedures and treatments, and when they are performed by a trained and experienced plastic surgeon, the results can appear completely natural. Although some celebrity breast augmentations and facial implants may look fake, this is often because the person desired that appearance or they underwent the surgery with a doctor who was not qualified. Making sure that your surgeon is trained and experienced in performing the procedure you desire will ensure that you get the most natural-looking results possible.

Misconception: Plastic Surgery Is All About Vanity

Plastic surgery encompasses the fields of cosmetic surgery as well as reconstructive surgery. Cosmetic plastic surgery is probably what comes to mind when someone mentions plastic surgery, and this field focuses on creating an appearance that is aesthetically pleasing. Rather than undergoing procedures to be vain, most people have cosmetic surgery to significantly improve their confidence and relieve anxiety they have about their appearance.

Collage of words about plastic surgeryReconstructive plastic surgery provides a normal appearance and regular functioning of the body as a result of an injury or birth defect. A deformity can impair a person physically, and it can take a mental toll by causing a person to feel as though he or she is an outsider and not socially accepted. For example, reconstructive surgery for congenital abnormalities prevents children from the torment of being teased for an aspect of their appearance that is out of their control. Reconstructive hand surgery, burn scar revision, breast reconstruction after mastectomy, and cleft lip repair are just a few examples of reconstructive plastic surgery procedures.

Misconception: Plastic Surgery Is Only for Women

This presumption is most likely based on the fact that the majority of plastic surgery patients are women, but in recent years the number of men choosing to undergo plastic surgery has increased dramatically. Liposuction for a slimmer waist, rhinoplasty for improved nose shape, blepharoplasty for eyelid tightening, and gynecomastia surgery to reduce overdeveloped male breasts are the top four cosmetic surgeries that men underwent in 2012, according to The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS). Less invasive procedures, such as BOTOX® Cosmetic and skin resurfacing for facial rejuvenation, are among the most common plastic surgery treatments undergone by men.

Dr. Scroggins has been performing plastic surgery procedures for almost 20 years and specializes in cosmetic breast surgery and body contouring. If you are interested in plastic surgery in the Washington D.C. or Baltimore area, please call (301) 220-0400 or fill out our online contact form today to schedule your consultation. We look forward to hearing from you!

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Carlton H. Scroggins, M.D.
7525 Greenway Center Dr.
Suite 113
Greenbelt, MD 20770
1010 Wayne Ave # 410
Silver Spring, MD 20910
(301) 220-0400
Fax: 301-220-1719

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