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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.

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.

Enhancing Your Face and Buttocksattractive woman looking in mirror

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.

Rejuvenate Your Face

Facial Rejuvenation with Injectable Fillers and Fat Transfer

Injectable Fillers and Fat Transfer for Facial RejuvenationFacial aging is a natural process that occurs as we get older. While many people spend a lot of money on things like creams and at-home treatments to maintain a youthful face, plastic surgery still provides the most effective results. However, some people simply do not have time to set aside to recover from procedures like facelifts, brow lifts, and neck lifts. Fortunately, there are other procedures that can give patients the rejuvenating facial appearance without the downtime of invasive surgical procedures.

Injectable Fillers

Injectable fillers restore fullness to areas of the face that exhibit a loss of volume. There is a variety of injectable fillers that are available in cosmetic treatment, but fat transfer is often highly desired because it uses the patient?s cellular tissue and eliminates the risk of an allergic reaction.

Fat Transfer

Each fat transfer procedure 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 are expected to be long lasting.

Fat transfer can improve your facial appearance by:

  • Restoring volume around the eyes
  • Adding fullness to the cheeks
  • Filling in folds around the mouth
  • Plumping the lips
  • Filling in deeper lines, wrinkles, and creases

If you would like to rejuvenate your appearance with a fat transfer procedure, we welcome you to schedule your consultation with Dr. Carlton H. Scroggins. Simply call (301) 220-0400 or fill out our online contact form to get started today. Dr. Scroggins and his highly qualified staff look forward to meeting you at your initial consultation.

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.


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.

Start Protecting Your Skin Now

Start Protecting Your Skin NowMany people desire to project a youthful face that is free of signs of aging. Unfortunately, factors like genetics, sun exposure, and the stresses of life can lead to wrinkles, fine lines, and dark spots. And while these conditions typically worsen over time, cosmetic treatment can provide effective improvement. Dr. Carlton Scroggins regularly performs a variety of procedures, such as brow lift surgery, facial fat transfer, or nonsurgical skin resurfacing, for men and women of all ages. If you?re still considering cosmetic treatment, just know that it?s never too late to start protecting your skin from future damage now.

Below are some tips that can help stave off the aging process.

Consume Less Sugar

Sugar raises insulin levels and accelerates aging in the skin through a process called glycation. While eliminating sugar from your diet completely would be best, it?s not realistic. Aim to consume no more than 30 grams of sugar per day. This can be done by drinking water instead of sugary sodas or juices and by eating fresh fruits and vegetables instead of processed foods.


Although it?s no secret that lotions and creams can keep the skin hydrated, there are some products that just work better than others. When moisturizing your face, try to use a lotion that is alcohol-free and contains retinol to fight against dryness and wrinkles.

Vitamins & Minerals

You may be shocked by this, but chances are you don?t get your daily recommended value of vitamins & minerals like Vitamin D, iron, and magnesium. To fulfill these needs, try to eat foods like green vegetables, milk, and nuts. It may also be a good idea to take a multivitamin on a daily basis.


Dead skin cells are constantly lurking on the surface of your skin. Exfoliating your face once or twice a week not only removes these dead skin cells, but it also enables the healthy cells beneath to come to the surface.

Wear Sunscreen

Protecting your skin from the sun?s harmful ultraviolet rays is one of the most important things you can do to ward off premature aging. Wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 15 or greater every day, rain or shine.

If you?re unsatisfied with signs of aging on your face, we recommend you call (301) 220-0400 or fill out our online contact form today. Dr. Carlton Scroggins and his caring staff strive to provide you with results that you can feel confident about.

Luscious Lips for the Perfect Valentine?s Kiss

How to Give the Perfect Valentine’s Kiss

shutterstock_128268989As February 14th is getting closer, you will be preparing for chocolates, flowers, and kisses. With the lips being one of the most sensitive and alluring parts of the body, it only makes sense that they receive tender loving care so you can dish out luscious kisses this Valentine?s Day. Here are some helpful tips to ensure that your lips are plump and ready for action:


Dryness is something that your lips are constantly fighting against. Gently rubbing a scrub on the lips will remove dead skin cells and promote the growth of healthier cells. While facial scrubs can be used, a mixture of sugar and olive oil will also work as a less expensive alternative.


Making sure your lips are well hydrated is also important to delivering the perfect kiss this Valentine?s Day. Generic lip balms are usually effective, but to get ready for the perfect kiss use one that contains shea butter or vitamin E as a primary ingredient.

Plump Up the Volume

Luscious lips aren?t complete without a certain degree of plumpness. If you have thin lips or just wish to add more volume to your Valentine lip smacking, apply lip liner that is darker than your actual lipstick. The contrast of light and dark colors will make your lips look larger.


Protecting your lips against the environmental elements (sun exposure, wind, etc.) is important for improving their overall appearance. Wearing a lip balm that contains an SPF of 15 or higher will help prevent wrinkles and fine lines from developing.

While these tips will help prevent future aging in the lips, cosmetic treatment through fat transfer can immediately improve the volume of the lips and provide long-lasting results.

To find out how you can achieve fuller lips or to learn more about the different procedures we offer, please call our practice at (301) 220-0400 or fill out our online contact form today. Dr. Carlton Scroggins and his friendly staff look forward to seeing you soon and helping achieve the luscious lips you desire.

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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