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The Difference Between a Traditional and a Mini Tummy Tuck

The Difference between a Traditional and a Mini Tummy TuckMany people light up with interest when they hear about the mini tummy tuck. This procedure results in a shorter recovery time and smaller scars than you would have with a traditional tummy tuck. While the mini tummy tuck is a wonderful procedure, not everyone will get the best results with this option. The details below will give you a better idea of which procedure is right for you.

Traditional Tummy Tuck

A traditional tummy tuck, also called ?abdominoplasty,? removes excess skin on the abdomen and also tightens the underlying muscles. The tightening of the abdominal muscles is what gives the abdomen the desired flat appearance and thus banishes all signs of a protruding belly.

This procedure is often combined with liposuction if the patient has excess fat to be removed in the area. Typically, patients who experience the best results have significant sagging skin in their abdomen and have maintained their ideal weight for several months.

The vast majority of patients are very happy with the results after a traditional tummy tuck. The only complaint is that a scar remains across the pelvis that spans from hip to hip. In most cases, this scar can be easily hidden beneath most cuts of underwear and swimwear.

Mini Tummy Tuck

The mini tummy tuck, or ?miniabdominoplasty,? is the ideal procedure for those who have excess skin in their lower abdomen only, which is often the result of pregnancy. The mini tummy tuck does not address the middle of the abdomen and it does not tighten the underlying muscles. Recovery time is shorter than the traditional tummy tuck, but the results are less dramatic. Men and women who need minor improvement to the lower abdomen benefit most from this procedure.

The best way to determine the tummy tuck procedure that is right for you is to schedule a consultation with an experienced and qualified plastic surgeon. Dr. Scroggins would be happy to review your options and assess your needs. To schedule an appointment, please call (301) 220-0400 or fill out our online contact form today.

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.


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!

What Is a Mini Tummy Tuck?

shutterstock_141352531-2As many people find out, maintaining a flat stomach and slim waistline are not easy to do as they get older. With factors such as a slower metabolism, pregnancy, and even stress, the skin on the midsection can lose definition. Even if a healthy diet and workout regimen was able to somewhat improve the appearance of the abdomen, many men and women are still unable to feel entirely satisfied.

Similar to a traditional tummy tuck, Dr. Scroggins performs the mini tummy tuck for patients who need less improvement on their midsection. This procedure is an effective option for individuals who have just a tiny bit of excess skin and fat, along with poor muscle tone that exists on the lower region of the abdomen.

How is a mini tummy tuck different from a traditional tummy tuck?

Unlike a traditional tuck, where the main goal is to remove larger amounts of excess skin and fat and tighten the abdominal wall, a mini tummy tuck focuses on improving the definition of the lower abdominal region.

You may be a candidate for a mini tummy tuck if the lower aspect of your abdomen protrudes and has little to no definition. As with many other cosmetic procedures, it is important that people considering a mini tummy tuck have the following:

  • Stable weight
  • Good skin elasticity
  • Realistic expectations

How is a mini tummy tuck performed?

Dr. Scroggins performs the mini tummy tuck procedure at his state-of-the-art facility with his patients under general anesthesia to ensure safety. After making an incision just above the pubic region, Dr. Scroggins removes excess tissue and tightens the lower abdominal muscles. Once the lower area of the stomach achieves a more toned appearance, he closes the incisions with sutures.

If you think that you are a good candidate for a mini tummy tuck or if you have any questions about the difference between a mini tummy tuck and a traditional tummy tuck, we welcome to contact the practice of Dr. Carlton Scroggins today. Please call (301) 220-0400 or fill out our online contact form today. We look forward to seeing you soon!

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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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