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What Can Fat Transfer Enhance?

Fat is a critical part of the human body and plays an essential role in building cell membranes, making your skin healthy, and protecting all your vital organs. Despite its benefits, fat is not very well-liked. Nonetheless, it provides cosmetic benefits as well as health benefits. The soft curves of the body and the youthful curves of the face are in large part due to body fat. In the cosmetic surgery industry, the fat transfer technique can enhance specific parts of your body using your own body fat so that you look beautiful and youthful.

How Fat Transfer Works

The fat transfer procedure has two parts. First, the surgeon conducts liposuction to extract fat cells from unwanted areas such as the abdomen, hips, thighs, or flanks. Then, the fat cells are injected into the target area. The grafted fat enhances the target area to add softness and curves.

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Dr. Carlton H. Scroggins offers the fat transfer technique to enhance the face and the buttocks. In the buttocks, fat transfer adds fullness and softness for a rounder, more pleasing shape. In the face, the grafted fat cells can add volume and reduce the lines and wrinkles caused by aging. By injecting fat into thinning, sagging, or wrinkled areas, these facial features are smoothed and filled out, contributing to a more youthful, smooth, and soft appearance.

Advantages of Fat Transfer

Fat transfer offers many benefits and advantages:

  • More slender body contours: Unwanted body fat is removed from areas that do not respond to exercise or dieting.
  • Body contouring and enhancement: The surgeon strategically injects fat cells to enhance specific body parts according to the patient’s desires.
  • Reduced appearance of facial aging: Fat transfer adds fullness and softness to effectively reduce the appearance of facial aging.
  • Long-lasting results: The results are long lasting to permanent when the patient maintains a healthy body weight.
  • Natural-looking results: While facial implants, synthetic fillers, and body implants can also shape the body, these may look unnatural. With fat transfer, the results look natural and youthful.
  • Immediate results: The results from facial fat transfer are immediately visible. For butt lift patients, results are visible in only a few weeks.
  • Reduced risk of complications: Many cosmetic surgery complications are caused by the injection of foreign material. Injecting the patient’s own fat cells greatly reduces the chance of infection or complications.
  • Customized procedure: Fat transfer is completely customized to match the patient’s anatomy and desires.
  • Limited scarring: Rather than long incision scars from inserting implants, fat transfer scars are limited to the small, inconspicuous incisions made for the microcannulas for liposuction.
  • Single treatment: In most cases, fat transfer requires only one treatment session. Synthetic fillers typically require regular repeat sessions, and implants may need to be replaced over time. This makes it more convenient and more economical for you over time.

With fat transfer, you can have improved body contours and a softer, more youthful face. To schedule your complimentary fat transfer consultation with Dr. Scroggins, call (301) 220-0400 or fill out our online contact form.

Perfect Enhancement for Your Wedding Day

Plastic Surgery for Brides

Plastic Surgery for Brides in Washington DCThere are so many things a bride worries over on her wedding day. Looking amazing should not be one of those things. Weddings can create a lot of anxiety about appearance for a bride. It’s the one day where all eyes and camera lenses are on you. This has led many brides to a surgeon’s office before they walk to the alter. Pre-wedding plastic surgery is on the rise as brides transform themselves for their big wedding day.

Breast Augmentation

A big fear many brides have is that they aren’t going to look amazing in their wedding dress. For some, breasts that are too small prevent their dresses from fitting correctly. To wear your dream dress with confidence, you may want a breast augmentation to fill out the top completely.

Breast augmentation increases the size and corrects the shape of the breasts using implants. You have a choice of the placement of saline or silicone implants. The combination of implant type and placement will provide varying degrees of a natural breast look and feel. Breast augmentation should be performed at least six months prior to your wedding to ensure that all swelling has subsided so your breasts will look their best in your gown.

Fat Transfer

For brides that would like to increase the size of their breasts but prefer a more subtle, natural enhancement, there is fat transfer. After fat is harvested from problem areas of the body using liposuction, fat transfer involves the injection of the purified fat into the breasts. This procedure uses only 100 percent patient-harvested fat tissue to increase the size of the breasts. Results look and feel natural because the fat is natural. Fat transfer is only ideal for women looking to have a slight increase in breast size. One treatment may achieve an increase up to one bra cup size.

Fat transfer has the added benefit of fat removal from trouble areas of the body. The tissue is taken mainly from the abdomen, hips, or thighs. This slims your body contours to allow for a more visibly toned physique. These body contouring enhancements will have you looking gorgeous in your wedding dress and amazing out of it.

Liposuction

Many brides choose to diet leading up to their wedding in order to be at peak perfection on the big day. As time gets closer, there may be stubborn fat deposits that remain despite diet and exercise. Liposuction uses a thin tube to vacuum suction out fatty tissue from trouble areas of the body such as the abdomen, hips, thighs, back, and arms. It can help you shed those last few unwanted inches and eliminate unnecessary fat.

Skin Resurfacing  

Every bride desires that healthy, wedding-day glow. Wrinkles and acne may be dulling your skin and leave you less than fresh-faced. Skin resurfacing using Retin-A® helps reverse the effects of sun damage on the skin. Retin-A® removes the outer, dead layer of skin cells. This leaves new, healing skin cells in their place. Skin resurfacing helps you achieve smooth, glowing skin for your big day.

If you are seeking a helping enhancement for your wedding day or simply desire a boost for everyday life, contact Dr. Scroggins’ office today. Contact us at (301) 220-0400, or fill out our online contact form for more information.

How Long Do Plastic Surgery Results Last?

shutterstock_113038492With the desire of many to maintain a youthful appearance and look their best, plastic surgery has seen a steady increase over the last few decades. And the variety of treatments that exists today allows patients to undergo procedures to improve virtually any physical aspect of their face and/or body. While plastic surgery is typically very safe and effective, some often wonder how long the results will last.

Breast Augmentation

Breast augmentation enhances the shape, volume, and projection of the breasts using either saline or silicone implants. Although implants are not considered to be lifetime devices, the results of this procedure can last for ten to twenty years or longer.

Liposuction

Liposuction removes stubborn fat deposits from areas all over the body through a thin hollow tube, called a cannula, connected to a state-of-the-art suctioning device. The results from this procedure are intended to be permanent as long as patients maintain a stable weight. It’s important that liposuction not be viewed as a form of weight loss surgery.

Eyelid Lift

An eyelid lift, also called “blepharoplasty,” restores a youthful appearance to the face by eliminating excess fat and sagging skin in the eye area. Done well, results from an eyelid lift can last between 10 and 15 years. Although an eyelid lift will not stop the natural aging process, a youthful appearance can be maintained by living a healthy lifestyle and protecting your face from the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays at all times.

If you would like to know more about the procedures we offer or wish to schedule a consultation, please call our practice at (301) 220-0400 or fill out our online contact form. Dr. Carlton Scroggins is a board-certified plastic surgeon and strives to provide you with satisfying results. We look forward to seeing you soon!

Get Back Your Pre-Pregnancy Body

shutterstock_218681281The after-effects of pregnancy often leave negative consequences for women. If you’re like many mothers, you’ve likely tried dieting and exercising after having children to get your pre-pregnancy body back. However, even if you somehow find the time to put together healthy meals and make it to the gym on a regular basis, there’s no guarantee that you’ll end up with satisfying results. At his Greater Washington practice, Dr. Carlton Scroggins offers the “Mommy Makeover” procedure to effectively restore women’s bodies to a physique similar to what they had before pregnancy.

Quickly becoming one of the most desired cosmetic treatments in plastic surgery, the Mommy Makeover consists of a variety of breast and body procedures that are performed together in one single surgery. The areas of the body that need improvement will determine which of the following procedures you will need to achieve the best results during your Mommy Makeover:

Breast Lift

Pregnancy and breastfeeding often leave the breasts hanging with downward pointing nipples. A breast lift corrects these condition by raising the breasts and repositioning the nipples to a more acceptable location.

Breast Augmentation

The breasts tend to lose volume after having children. With the insertion of either saline or silicone implants, fullness and shape are restored to boost the attractiveness of the chest area.

Tummy Tuck

Pregnancy can permanently stretch the abdominal muscles and cause the skin around the stomach to sag. A tummy tuck removes excess fat, tightens the abdominal muscles, and removes excess skin to flatten and tone the midsection.

Liposuction

Weight gain caused by pregnancy typically leaves the body with excess fat deposits on multiple areas of the body, such as the arms, back, stomach, and thighs. Liposuction permanently eliminates fatty tissue from these areas to restore a slimmer, more contoured physique.

Whether you’re just entering motherhood or have been a mother for many years, a Mommy Makeover can noticeably improve the appearance of your body.

To schedule a consultation with Dr. Carlton Scroggins, please call (301) 220-0400 or fill out our online contact form today. Along with his experienced and friendly staff, Dr. Scroggins is dedicated to helping you achieve the best results possible. We look forward to seeing you soon!

Who Is a Good Candidate for Liposuction?

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Good Candidates for Liposuction

If you’re like many middle-aged men and women, you’ve probably gained some weight over the last few years. This is often due to factors such as pregnancy, diet, and an overall slower rate of metabolism. Perhaps you, like millions of others, have attempted to follow numerous diet and exercise regimens to get back the slimmer physique that you once had. For those who end up with results that are less than satisfactory, many choose liposuction to restore the contours of their body.

Liposuction is a cosmetic procedure that involves placing a small thin tube underneath the skin to permanently remove fat tissue via suction. At his Maryland practice, Dr. Carlton Scroggins has helped countless numbers of people achieve a slimmer and more attractive body with lasting results through this procedure.

If you’ve considered undergoing liposuction, you may be wondering if you’re a good candidate for this procedure. Aside from being in relatively good health with no major medical conditions, there are a few other factors that can make you a good candidate for liposuction.

Skin Elasticity

The presence of collagen fibers within the skin determine its elasticity. As we age, these collagen fibers tend to deteriorate, causing the skin to lose firmness and tightness. Good elasticity will allow the skin to adhere to the body’s new contours after liposuction is complete. For this reason, it is recommended that individuals undergo liposuction well before their 50s.

Ideal Weight

Liposuction should not be viewed as an effective form of weight loss because it is only intended to remove stubborn fat deposits. For this reason, potential patients should be at or within 20 pounds of their ideal weight.

Realistic Expectations

Although liposuction is one of the most effective procedures in all of plastic surgery and often presents patients with a new outlook on life, it is important that individuals be realistic about the results. To ensure that patients achieve the best appearance possible, it is important that be at a stable weight before the procedure is performed.

If you think you are a candidate for liposuction, we welcome you to contact Plastic Surgery of Greater Washington. Simply call (301) 220-0400 or feel free to fill out our online contact form to get started today. Dr. Scroggins and his well-trained staff look forward to meeting you at your initial 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!

Call Us Today For A Consultation(301) 220-0400

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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