Dental Implants

big smileDental implants are the most effective and long-term tooth replacement solution available today. Over the last two decades or more, dental implant technique has revolutionized the field of restorative dentistry. Success rate of implants has improved dramatically, making it a very safe and predictable procedure.

In many cases, dental implant procedure is complex and invasive, requiring the expertise of a highly trained oral and maxillofacial surgeon.  Dr. Landon McLain is a board certified in cosmetic surgeon and oral & maxillofacial surgeon providing dental implants to patients in Huntsville, AL and surrounding areas. Notably, Dr. McLain’s cosmetic training enables him to perform procedures from an aesthetic perspective as well.

Advantages of Implants

The biggest benefit of dental implants is that this solution can be used to replace the total structure of the missing tooth from root to crown without compromising the health of surrounding teeth. Once an implant root is placed, it will mimic the role of the natural tooth root and will integrate with the bone. This makes dental implants the next best option after a natural health tooth.

Stability and sustainability of implants is very high, and the patient can use them just like their other healthy teeth. Only minimal maintenance is typically  required for an implant in the long run. In terms of aesthetics and comfort too, implants will prove to be superior to any other tooth replacement alternatives.

How does it Work?

Titanium is an advanced, light material that is well tolerated my almost everyone.  This material has long been used to repair facial fractures, replace joints, and even used in heart valves and stents.  Over a short time, a titanium implant will fuse or integrate with the bone and provide permanence to the replacement tooth structure. In some cases, implants may also be used to add stability to bridgework or dentures.

Procedure

Once the titanium root is placed surgically in the jawbone, it will fuse with the bone over a few months and the site will heal completely. Once fused, Dr. McLain will attach a collar to each implant. Thecollar extends through the gums to hold space and shape the gums until your dentist attaches the replacement tooth. Once the replacement tooth is fitted, the collar will not be visible.

Wherever possible, Dr. McLain will use the ‘flapless’ technique to place the dental implant. This will enable complete preservation of the gums, normal blood flow, and minimal discomfort and risk of complications. In more challenging cases, Dr. McLain will use CT 3-D imaging to achieve a better topography of the lower and upper jaws. This will enable optimal placement of the implants for function and aesthetics.

Finally, the tooth structure will be completed with the fitting of a dental crown over the implant post. Dental crowns are available in various types of materials, and the patient can choose the right material in consultation with the surgeon.

McLain Surgical Arts is a leading cosmetic plastic surgery practice headed by Dr. Landon D. McLain MD, DMD, FACS in Huntsville, AL. Dr. McLain is a double board certified cosmetic and oral & maxillofacial surgeon, offering a variety of procedures such as dental implants, wisdom teeth extraction, breast augmentation, liposuction, rhinoplasty, tummy tuck, facelift, Botox, and laser skin resurfacing. For more information or to schedule a consultation call 256.429.3411 or click here.

Otoplasty Ear Pinning Surgery Before and After Photos

Otoplasty Ear Pinning Surgery Before and After Photos

Otoplasty ear pinning surgery may be performed on children or adults with equal efficacy. The procedure should be performed only by a cosmetic surgeon with experience in otoplasty in order to ensure safe and sustainable outcomes. At the time of initial consultation, the surgeon will discuss all aspects of the procedure with the patient.

Many surgeons also prefer to provide otoplasty ear pinning surgery before and after photographs to the patient. This enables the patient to have a fair idea of the potential effectiveness of the surgery. Board certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon Dr. Landon D. McLain provides otoplasty to patients in Huntsville, Alabama, and surrounding communities.

What are Otoplasty Before and After Pictures?

Before and after pictures in case of otoplasty refer to a pair or group of images belonging to a previous patient who has undergone the same procedure with successful results. The images include pictures taken prior to the surgery and after the surgery at a stage when the swelling and bruising has disappeared and full effects of the procedure are visible.

The cosmetic surgeon will obtain these pictures with the consent of the patient, and will present them before new patients in an appropriate manner. The only purpose here is to use the images as a visual aid to educate new patients about various aspects of otoplasty. When new patients understand what the procedure can or cannot do for them, they are in a better position to make an informed choice.

Benefits

When a new patient is considering otoplasty, they will usually have only a limited understanding of how the procedure may impact their overall facial appearance or meet their personal aesthetic needs. Some patients may need a more invasive or reconstructive otoplasty, while others may simply require an ear pinning procedure.

In a few cases, the surgeon may recommend an additional surgical or non-surgical procedure along with otoplasty. In all such situations, it can be hard for a patient to make the best choices. This is where the surgeon will use otoplasty before and after photos to help the patient make the right decisions. As a board certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon, Dr. McLain receives patients from Huntsville, Alabama, and nearby areas for otoplasty.

Having Realistic Expectations

In any aesthetic procedure, a pre-requisite is that the patient should be well-informed and should have realistic expectations. An experienced surgeon will always prefer that the patient reviews as many otoplasty before and after photos as possible. This will allow them to formulate a realistic visualization of how their facial appearance will change with this surgery.

Patients with realistic expectations typically achieve higher levels of satisfaction in any aesthetic surgery. Otoplasty before and after photos will also help to ensure there are not any disappointments or misunderstandings in the end for the patient.

Photos on the Website

The plastic surgeon has an option to provide otoplasty before and after photos on their practice website. New patients can access the photos directly online even before their first appointment with the surgeon. This will place them in a more confident frame of mind if they are interested in going ahead with the surgery.

McLain Surgical Arts is a leading plastic surgery practice headed by Dr. Landon D. McLain MD, DMD, FACS in Huntsville, AL. Dr. McLain is a double board certified cosmetic and oral & maxillofacial surgeon, offering a variety of procedures such as dental implants, wisdom teeth extraction, breast augmentation, liposuction, rhinoplasty, tummy tuck, facelift, Botox, and laser skin resurfacing. For more information or to schedule a consultation call 256.429.3411 or click here.

Otoplasty Ear Pinning Surgery Cost
Otoplasty Ear Pinning Surgery Cost

Otoplasty or cosmetic ear reshaping surgery is a proven and effective way to permanently improve the appearance of ears. During the initial consultation process, the cosmetic surgeon will discuss various aspects of the procedure, including its estimated costs. The goal of the surgeon is to help the patient make an informed decision.

Dr. Landon D. McLain is a leading board certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon as well as a board certified cosmetic surgeon. His specialized training and qualifications enable him to perform otoplasty and other facial procedures in the best possible manner. Dr. McLain receives patients from Huntsville, Alabama, and surrounding communities.

Worth the Cost

When an otoplasty procedure is performed by a qualified cosmetic surgeon with expertise in facial procedures, the patient can expect most dependable and expected results. The procedure may cost a significant amount of money, if all pre- and post-op care, medication, tests, and other expenses are included. However, the patient will usually have various financing options available to make the payments in convenient monthly installments.

It is also important for the patient to check their insurance coverage to determine if full or partial costs may be covered. In any case, for an adult or a child who is self-conscious and suffering because of deformed or protruding ears, the benefits of otoplasty will far outweigh the cost of surgery. As a board certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon, Dr. McLain provides this procedure to patients in Huntsville, Alabama, and nearby areas.

Factors Affecting the Price

The cost of otoplasty surgery will usually vary from one practice to another, and even from one patient to another in some cases. Key factors that will impact the monetary amount include the following:

Location of the Practice

Otoplasty costs will vary throughout the United States because the cost of living index varies from one region to another. Coastal states and other major urban centers will typically have higher costs for procedures such as otoplasty.

Surgeon’s Expertise

If the plastic surgeon has a well-established or long standing practice, a strong professional reputation and high credentials, along with expertise in procedures such as otoplasty, the demand may be higher for such surgeons. This will result in a higher fee of the surgeon in many cases.

Extent of Surgery Performed

The costs involved in a fairly straightforward ear pinning surgery to correct protruding or flapping ears will be relatively lower as compared to the costs incurred in correcting a deformed ear. If ear reconstruction is involved, the dollar figure will go up considerably.

Reconstructive Surgery

Reconstructive ear surgery will usually cost more than cosmetic otoplasty. This is a more complex surgery that will correct deformation or improve traumatic injury to the ear. It will generally involve skin and cartilage grafting from other areas of the body in order to create a natural looking ear.

Insurance Coverage

Depending on the purpose of procedure, the cost of otoplasty may sometimes be covered under health insurance. If otoplasty is aimed at correcting a defect in the ears or a congenital deformity, some insurers may provide coverage.

Practice Overview
Otoplasty Ear Pinning Surgery Overview

Ear pinning surgery, clinically called otoplasty, is a cosmetic procedure designed to improve the shape, size, and appearance of ears to bring them in harmony with the rest of the facial features. Otoplasty procedure may be performed by a cosmetic surgeon on children as well as adults with equally effective outcomes. Any child or adult who has attained full growth of the ear, and is bothered by the unsightly or protruding shape of the ears, may be a good candidate for otoplasty.

It is important to choose a trained and experienced surgeon who has the necessary expertise in facial surgery procedures and a close understanding of the facial anatomy. Dr. Landon McLain is a board certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon as well as a board certified cosmetic surgeon providing otoplasty and other facial procedures. Dr. McLain receives patients from Huntsville, Alabama, and surrounding communities.

Who is a Suitable Candidate?

Individuals with flapping ears or oversized ears on one or both sides of the face can benefit from otoplasty, and achieve effective and permanent results. Children with poorly shaped ears can make good candidates for this procedure as long as they meet the following conditions:

• The child is in suitable health, and shows no signs of an untreated ear infection.
• The age of the child is five years or above, and the ear cartilage has achieved stability.
• The child is able to understand the advice of the cosmetic surgeon and cooperate for a successful procedure.

Teens and adults can also go for otoplasty if they feel the need. Board certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon Dr. McLain provides otoplasty surgery to patients in Huntsville, Alabama, and nearby locations.

Procedure

Otoplasty procedure is usually performed on an outpatient basis. Depending on the case, the surgeon may perform it with the patient under general anesthesia or IV sedation. If the ears are excessively protruding, the surgeon may enhance or build the anti-helical fold within the rim of the ear. The surgeon will also reduce the enlarged conchal cavity, which is the deepest external ear concavity at the same time.

Incisions will be placed discreetly behind the ears to keep the scarring minimally visible. In some cases, the incision may be made on the front side, but within the ear folds to ensure minimal visibility of scars. The surgeon will secure the newly shaped cartilage firmly in its position with internal sutures.

Once the procedure is completed, the surgeon will close the incisions carefully with external sutures. When the procedure is performed by a skilled and highly trained surgeon, the results of otoplasty can be very natural looking. In case of otoplasty, the results will typically last for a lifetime.

Recovery

Most patients will need about five to seven days for the initial recovery. The surgeon may prescribe pain medications to ensure patient’s comfort during the first week. If the incision area is bandaged, the patient should take care to keep the bandage clean in order to minimize the risk of infection.