Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons

surgeonDentists can undertake minor oral surgeries, but they are not oral surgeons or oral and maxillofacial surgeons (OMS), which is the complete name of these specialists. The word “maxillofacial” means pertaining to the face and jaw. 

An OMS receives four years of dental school and then completes a minimum of four to six years of additional surgical training. In addition, these specialists are trained to administer anesthesia and offer care in an office setting. 

Oral and maxillofacial surgeon Dr. Landon D. McLain provides oral surgery to patients in Huntsville, Madison, Florence, Decatur, Scottsboro, Cullman, Athens, Alabama, and surrounding communities. 

 

Training and Certification

For an oral and maxillofacial surgeon, the average total length of education and training after secondary school is 12 to 14 years.

In general, training includes two to four years of undergraduate study, four years of dental study (DMD, BDent, DDS, or BDS), and four to six years of residency training (six years include two additional years for attaining a medical degree).

Upon completing surgical training, a majority of oral and maxillofacial surgeons undertake final specialty exams. This certifying body in the US is the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (ABOMS). Patients can verify that a surgeon is board-certified through the ABOMS.

Oral and maxillofacial surgeons with board certifications are expected to maintain current standards through continuing professional endeavors. This ensures that they remain updated in their knowledge and skills as well as practice in a safe and contemporary manner.

 

Procedural Expertise

There are various procedures that oral surgeons are trained and authorized to undertake, such as:

Tooth Extractions

Tooth extraction is the most recognized form of oral surgery. Some reasons for tooth extraction are as follows:

  • Teeth beyond repair either from root fracture, tooth decay, or trauma
  • Primary teeth that have failed to fall out, preventing the eruption of permanent teeth
  • Impacted or partially erupted wisdom teeth
  • Orthodontic treatment plans, which may warrant the removal of some teeth to decrease crowding and accomplish the optimum result

 

Cleft Lip/Palate Surgery

This surgery does not refer to a single procedure, rather a series of surgeries to help maximize the advantage to a child while minimizing the risks involved. 

 

Corrective Jaw Surgery

Orthognathic surgery typically is undertaken to treat:

  • Major or minor trauma to the jaw
  • TMJ and dysfunction due to trauma or deformation
  • Malocclusion or incorrect bite
  • Incorrect jaw position, which can cause an out-of-proportion facial appearance

 

Dental Implants

Today, dental procedures are a common procedure to replace missing teeth or offer stability to a new or existing denture. The procedure for fixing a dental implant may differ, depending on the technique used by the surgeon as well as the type of implant used. 

 

Facial Cosmetic Procedures

Their specialized surgical and dental background allows oral and maxillofacial surgeons to undertake a cosmetic procedure that involves the aesthetic and functional aspects of the face, teeth, mouth, and jaws. 

 

Sleep Apnea

Oral surgeons typically serve as a member of the sleep team to help address obstructive sleep apnea. Oral and maxillofacial surgeon Dr. Landon D. McLain receives patients from Huntsville, Madison, Florence, Decatur, Scottsboro, Cullman, Athens, Alabama, and nearby areas for oral surgery.

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.

Now taking patients from Huntsville, Scottsboro, Decatur, Madison, Athens, Florence, Cullman, AL and surrounding areas.

Oral Surgery

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery alabamaAny oral surgery is a delicate procedure, which should only be performed a qualified and experienced oral surgeon. These surgeons are specifically trained to perform a wide range of procedures, and will be able to deliver safe and predictable results.  

Oral and maxillofacial surgeon Dr. Landon D. McLain provides oral surgery to patients in Huntsville, Madison, Florence, Decatur, Scottsboro, Cullman, Athens, Alabama, and surrounding locations. 

Tooth Extraction 

Tooth extraction is a commonly performed dental surgery, which may necessary to resolve trauma or disease or correct teeth overcrowding. A simple extraction may work if the affected teeth are visible above the gum line, and the surgeon can pull them out with forceps.  

A surgical extraction may be required when it is necessary to cut the tissue or bone to remove the tooth. The wound will be closed with sutures following a surgical extraction. It can be particularly difficult to remove wisdom teeth, and the procedure should only be performed by a skilled oral surgeon.  

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 

One of the more complex forms of oral surgery is oral and maxillofacial surgery. The procedure should be performed by an oral and maxillofacial specialist. Dentoalveolar surgery, corrective jaw surgery, maxillofacial dental implants, and pre-prosthetic nerve repositioning and bone augmentation are some of the advanced procedures that are included in this category.  

Dental Implants 

Dental implant surgery is the most reliable and long-term solution to replace a missing tooth. Dental implants do not require support from the adjacent teeth, which avoids any compromise to the natural health of those teeth.  

To replace the missing tooth, the oral surgeon will insert a metal post (usually titanium) into the jawbone. The post will serve as an artificial tooth root and will fuse with the bone and gum tissue over time. This creates a solid foundation for the placement of a dental crown over the implant.  

Oral Biopsy  

Sometimes the presence of a lesion in the mouth may have to be evaluated to rule out cancer. A biopsy will have to be performed for this purpose. The oral surgeon will remove a small piece of tissue from the affected site, which will be then analyzed in the lab to check for oral cancer.  

Jaw Surgery 

If you suffer from poor jaw alignment, it may not only cause you cosmetic concerns, but also interfere with your oral function. Jaw surgery may be required to correct this condition and restore normal oral function. 

Sleep Apnea  

Sometimes it may not be possible to successfully treat sleep apnea with non-invasive treatments. In severe cases, the oral surgeon may remove excess tissue from the back of your throat. This will considerably relieve you of the sleep apnea symptoms.  

Reconstructive Surgery 

Facial injuries and knocked-out teeth can severely compromise oral function as well as appearance. The oral surgeon may perform a reconstructive surgery to replace damaged or broken teeth, treat gum tissue or jawbone damage, and correct problems of the jaw joint. Severe facial trauma may cause deformities that can be best restored with a reconstructive surgery. 

Oral and maxillofacial surgeon Dr. Landon D. McLain receives patients from Huntsville, Madison, Florence, Decatur, Scottsboro, Cullman, Athens, Alabama, and nearby areas for oral surgery. 

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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.

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Tooth Extraction 

Common Oral Surgical Procedure Tooth ExtractionTooth extraction is a dental procedure to remove a tooth from its socket in the bone. When you have a decayed, damaged or broken tooth, your dentist will first try to restore it with a filling, dental crown, or another treatment. However, if the damage cannot be repaired with these treatments, a tooth extraction may have to be performed.  

Sometimes a very loose tooth may also have to be extracted, if even bone grafting surgery cannot save the tooth. Oral and maxillofacial surgeon Dr. Landon D. McLain provides oral surgery to patients in Huntsville, Madison, Florence, Decatur, Scottsboro, Cullman, Athens, Alabama, and surrounding locations. 

Types of Tooth Extraction Procedure 

Simple Extraction 

If the tooth is visible in the mouth, it is usually removed with a simple extraction. In this procedure, your dentist will loosen the affected tooth using an instrument called elevator. Thereafter, they use dental forceps to take out the tooth.  

Surgical Extraction 

If the tooth has broken off at the gum line or has not yet erupted into the mouth, it will have to be removed with a more complex procedure called surgical extraction. Your oral surgeon will make a minor incision into the targeted gum tissue area. It may also be necessary in some cases to remove a part of the bone around the tooth or to cut the tooth in two pieces in order to extract it.  

Anesthesia for Tooth Extraction 

While a simple extraction can be performed using a local anesthetic, a surgical extraction will usually require local anesthesia as well as IV sedation. General anesthesia may be needed in some cases, such as with young children or with patients suffering from specific medical conditions. 

The surgeon may administer steroids and other medications through IV if you are undergoing conscious sedation. The steroids will help to keep you pain-free after the surgery and mitigate post-surgical swelling. While you may experience some pressure during the tooth extraction process, you will not feel any pain.  

Post-Treatment Pain Management 

You will receive post-op care instructions from your dentist following your tooth extraction. Before you leave their office, make sure you clarify any questions or concerns that you may have. After the treatment, some discomfort is expected even in case of a simple extraction. NSAIDs such as ibuprofen can be highly effective to reduce pain after your tooth extraction. 

Take the medications in the dosage prescribed your dentist. Once the local anesthesia effect wears off, you should take your first pills. You may have to continue taking the pain meds as prescribed for at least three days. However, the actual degree of discomfort and how long the pain lasts will depend on the type of extraction and how complicated it was to extract your tooth.  

In many cases, the dentist may first prescribe pain medications for a few days, followed by an NSAID. The intensity of discomfort will significantly reduce after the first two days. Oral and maxillofacial surgeon Dr. Landon D. McLain receives patients from Huntsville, Madison, Florence, Decatur, Scottsboro, Cullman, Athens, Alabama, and nearby areas for oral surgery. 

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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.

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Types of Oral Mouth Cancer | Huntsville | Scottsboro | DecaturA wide variety of cells constitute the mouth tissue. Malignancy may originate in any particular type of cells, which will determine the type of oral cancer. Before the mouth cancer treatment begins, it’s necessary to identify its type. 

Oral and maxillofacial surgeon Dr. Landon D. McLain provides oral surgery to patients in Huntsville, Madison, Florence, Decatur, Scottsboro, Cullman, Athens, Alabama, and surrounding communities. 

Squamous Cell Carcinoma

One of the most common forms of oral mouth cancer is squamous cell carcinoma (SCC), which begins in the oral cavity. Squamous cells are flat, thin and appear like fish scales. These cells are found in the tissue that builds the skin surface, the lining of the body’s hollow organs, and the lining of the digestive and respiratory tracts.  

Oral verrucous carcinoma is a rare subtype of SCC. Another type of mouth cancer is oral melanoma, which occurs in the pigment-creating cells in the body. Melanoma of the head and neck may develop on the skin in these areas, or the tissue inside the oral or nasal cavity. 

Location of Mouth Cancer

Although nine out of 10 oral cancers are SCC, the treatment will depend on the precise location of the cancer. 

Floor of the Mouth Cancer

This type of head and neck cancer occurs when the cells constituting the floor of the mouth start growing out of control and form tumors or lesions. This type of cancer may initially be mistaken for canker sores. Therefore, it is important to see an experienced oral surgeon for early diagnosis. 

Gum Cancer

Gum cancer is easily treatable if detected early, but patients sometimes mistake it for gingivitis. This type of head and neck cancer occurs when the cells forming the lower and upper gum tissue grow out of control and start creating tumors or lesions. 

The risk of gum cancer is higher for people who chew tobacco or drink alcohol excessively. An experienced dentist may be able to notice the early signs of gum cancer during a periodic dental exam. 

Hard Palate Cancer

Cancers of the hard palate are relatively rare. An ulcer occurring on the roof of the mouth may be the first sign of this cancer. This type of cancer occurs when cells constituting the bony portion of the roof of mouth form tumors or lesions and growth out of control. Hard palate cancers in an advanced stage may spread into the nose cavity.

Buccal Mucosa cancer (inner cheek cancer), tongue cancer, and lip cancer, are the other common types of mouth cancer. These cancers are often curable if detected early.

Stages of Oral Cancer

If your dentist finds pre-cancerous cells in the oral cavity, which could eventually develop into a cancer, it is called carcinoma in situ or stage 0. Localized oral cancer only affects one area of the mouth, but has not spread to the surrounding tissue. 

Distant mouth cancer has spread to other body parts, possibly including the liver or lungs. If oral cancer is left untreated, it may first spread to other parts of the mouth, and then to the neck, head, and the remaining areas of the body.

Oral and maxillofacial surgeon Dr. Landon D. McLain receives patients from Huntsville, Madison, Florence, Decatur, Scottsboro, Cullman, Athens, Alabama, and nearby areas for oral surgery.

Contact Us

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.

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Breast Implant Exchange And Replacement | Huntsville | ScottsboroComplications may sometimes result from your primary breast augmentation cosmetic surgery, making it necessary to have the breast implants replaced. Breast implant exchange or replacement surgery should only be performed by a trained and experienced surgeon in order to achieve safe and sustainable outcomes. 

You should familiarize yourself with the procedure, and clarify any doubts and concerns with your surgeon during the pre-operative consultations. Cosmetic surgeon Dr. Landon D. McLain provides breast implant exchange and replacement to patients in Huntsville, Madison, Florence, Decatur, Scottsboro, Cullman, Athens, Alabama, and surrounding locations.

Breast Implant Replacement Surgery

Breast implant replacement is a surgical option for women who may have suffered from capsular contracture or another type of implant damage, causing the implants to lose their shape, position or become leaky, hardened, or rippled. The life of a breast implant on average is 10 to 15 years. With time, even the best quality and well-placed implants could ruptured or develop capsular contracture. 

The surgeon will perform breast implant exchange surgery in a similar way to the original breast augmentation procedure. Their first choice will be to use the old incision lines, through which the old implants can be removed and replaced with new ones. This will create only minimal additional scarring in nearby areas. But if the patient seeks differently sized or shaped implants, the surgeon will have to adjust the breast pocket and create new incisions. 

If only breast implant removal is performed, it may be accompanied by breast lift. Over time, the aging effects will cause loss of skin elasticity, resulting in sagging breasts. Therefore, for women who want to remove the old implants without replacing them with new ones, the procedure may be to be combined with a breast lift. 

The surgery can be performed using general anesthesia and IV sedation. Most patients can go back home the same day after the surgery.

Choosing Between Implant Removal and Replacement

Breast implant replacement is often preferred over removal because the firm and natural looking breast appearance can be easily achieved. Also, implant replacement surgery is relatively less complicated and the risk of infection and bleeding is reduced. In case of implant removal, the breasts may deflate or become saggy. Therefore, to restore firmer and tighter breast appearance, the surgeon may perform a breast lift in conjunction with implant removal surgery.

Recovery 

Breast implant exchange and replacement recovery will vary from one patient to another depending on several factors. The kind of surgical technique used, the size of the implants, your age and health condition, and how diligently you follow the surgeon’s post-op care instructions will make a difference to the recovery.

In general, you can expect to go back to your workplace or resume your regular routine in about one to two weeks. Mild bruising, swelling and discomfort may occur initially. The surgeon will prescribe pain meds in the first week. Swelling will take longer to resolve fully, and the patient may have to wear a special surgical bra for several weeks until the new shape of the breasts is firmed up.

Cosmetic surgeon Dr. Landon D. McLain receives patients from Huntsville, Madison, Florence, Decatur, Scottsboro, Cullman, Athens, Alabama, and nearby areas for breast implant exchange and replacement surgery.

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.

Now taking patients from Huntsville, Scottsboro, Decatur, Madison, Athens, Florence, Cullman, AL and surrounding areas.

Out-of-Town Patients Visiting Huntsville, AL

Huntsville, AL Plastic surgeonMany patients now choose to travel for their cosmetic treatments in order to receive the best possible care and enjoy a quiet and anonymous recovery period. No longer are patients limited to their own local area when looking for the most trusted and experienced doctors to meet their cosmetic needs.

As a board certified plastic surgeon in Huntsville, Dr. Landon D. McLain MD, DMD, FACS works with patients from all over the world who want expert care in a private, convenient setting. McLain Surgical Arts’ staff is dedicated to making the process positive for our out-of-town patients, and we will work with you every step of the way to ensure your travels and surgical experience are safe, successful, and convenient.

If this is your first time in Huntsville, here is a little information about our city:

The Huntsville metro area is the third largest in Alabama, with a population of nearly half a million people. Huntsville, which sprawls at the foot of a mountain in North Alabama, is itself home to about 200,000 residents. The city is nicknamed “The Rocket City” for its historical association with US space missions. Huntsville has been a part of space technology development since the 1950s.

Weather 

Summers in Huntsville are hot and humid, but the temperature rarely goes above 100°F. Strong thunderstorms may appear from nowhere in the afternoons. Autumn is a fairly comfortable season in Huntsville. First frost normally occurs around Halloween. In winter, snow is a possibility, but not a guarantee.

Airport

Huntsville International Airport is located 15 miles west of town. Flights are available to and from cities such as Dallas, Atlanta, Washington, DC, Cincinnati, Denver, Memphis, Detroit, Charlotte, Chicago, Houston, and New York City. 

Hotels Nearby

Embassy Suites Huntsville

This 10-story hotel opened in 2006. It offers excellent views of the city, downtown, and the skyline. It is connected by a “skybridge” to the Von Braun Center.

The Westin Huntsville

Located near the Cummings Research Park and adjacent to Bridge Street Town Center in Huntsville, Alabama, this hotel features an indoor and outdoor pool and numerous other amenities. Sensational shopping locations are at a walkable distance. 

Historic Districts

Twickenham Historic District 

The Twickenham and Old Town historic districts are located east of downtown. They feature large homes that were constructed as early as two centuries ago. In the months of June and July, you can take free guided walking tours of the area every Saturday.

Five Points Historic District 

This area is an example of early 20th-century neighborhood, and is marked by numerous architectural styles, including California Bungalow, Queen Anne and other Victorian styles. The district is now considered one of the trendiest neighborhoods in Huntsville, with art galleries, restaurants, and small shops lining the streets.

Museums

US Space and Rocket Center Museum

This is a top attraction in Alabama. The highlight is the Davidson Center, which features a Saturn V rocket that was never launched. It also includes several exhibits on the program that led up to the moon. The US Space Camp is also based here and has hosted more than half a million visitors since its launch in 1982.

Huntsville Museum of Art

The museum has seven exhibit halls that play host to numerous regional and national art exhibits each year. The museum also boasts of its own 2,500 piece collection. It features a huge gift shop and a coffee shop with a patio that overlooks the park.

Restaurants

Huntsville has its fair share of fast-food restaurants, but you can also save the local food at various high end eateries. Thanks to Huntsville’s diverse population, it has a number of ethnic restaurants that specialize in Greek, Indian, Thai, and many other cuisines. Some of the international dining options include: 

  • Phuket Thai Restaurant – A stylish Thai restaurant in the village of Providence
  • Shogun – An upscale Japanese steakhouse
  • Ruth’s Chris Steak House – A famous New Orleans steakhouse 

Contact Us

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.

Now taking patients from Huntsville, Scottsboro, Decatur, Madison, Athens, Florence, Cullman, AL and surrounding areas.

Breast Augmentation: Bigger or Smaller? | Huntsville Cosmetic SurgeryBreast augmentation is one of the most popular cosmetic surgeries that women undergo each year. Whether you want larger breasts, or you would like to have a smaller chest, you will want to do your research.

Exchanging old implants for a smaller, or larger size is a not uncommon request. While you may be pleased with the size of your initial implants, due to physical changes, you may want to consider smaller or larger implants to find a more aesthetically pleasing body contour.

Breast implants can last from 10 to 15 years and sometimes longer. But here are some reasons that you might consider having new implants:

  • Implant rupture
  • Hardening of the capsule around the implant
  • The implant drops, or becomes out of place
  • Swelling
  • Asymmetry

Dr. Landon McLain says “In my practice and nationally, the most common reason to revisit a breast implant is implant malposition.  Over time, some implants will drop too low or drift laterally.  This can usually be repaired with an internal lift that may preclude the need for a mastopexy and the addition of new scars.”

Dissatisfaction with the look of your implants is one reason some women consider an implant exchange. Some others include:

  • Desire to switch from textured to smooth implants
  • The need for a breast lift
  • An issue with the initial breast implants
  • Changing the implant from saline to silicone
  • Aging

Breast tissue sagging as we age, or after weight loss or gain is another reason that many women may consider breast augmentation. With aging, the body produces less collagen and elastin. A breast lift can help correct sagging from pregnancy and breastfeeding, as well.

Speaking with your board-certified cosmetic surgeon is the best way to make a decision that will work for you and your body. This will also ensure that you achieve the best aesthetic results.   If you’re interested in a breast augmentation, please give us a call.  Dr. McLain will be happy to give you all your options.

How long do cosmetic plastic surgery procedures last? | HuntsvilleIf a patient is planning to undergo any type of cosmetic surgery, one of their main concerns will be whether the aesthetic results with meet their expectations, and what will be the duration of their post-operative recovery. But while selecting a cosmetic procedure, the sustainability or longevity of the outcomes should also be an essential consideration.

This will help the patient to choose a surgery that not only satisfies their immediate post-operative expectations, but also their long-term aesthetic needs. Identifying the right time or stage of life to have a surgical procedures is also crucial while making a cosmetic surgery decision. Cosmetic surgeon Dr. Landon D. McLain provides breast implant removal to patients in Huntsville, Madison, Florence, Decatur, Scottsboro, Cullman, Athens, Alabama, and surrounding communities. 

Factors that will Influence the Longevity of Results

Some important aspects to know about various cosmetic surgery procedures are as follows:

Implants will require replacement at some stage

During their first consultation, many women desire bigger sized breast implants. However, an experienced surgeon will inform the patients whether their choice is suitable for their body type or not. While implants do not have an expiry date, they are not guaranteed to last a lifetime. 

On average, saline or silicone breast implants may last anywhere between 10 and 20 years. Therefore, patients considering breast augmentation are recommended to take into account their future needs to have their implants replaced.

Body contouring requires you to maintain a healthy lifestyle 

Irrespective of the age at which a person decides to go for a cosmetic surgery, some surgical procedures will need permanent changes to their lifestyle in order to ensure sustainable results. For best results, body contouring surgeries such as liposuction and tummy tuck need to be followed by an active lifestyle and a healthy diet. 

If the patient does not keep their body weight under control, they might regain the fat it in other areas. A procedure such as fat transfer breast enhancement or a breast reduction will create long-term results. However, weight gain or loss will still have an influence on the patient’s breast size. Therefore, you should be prepared to maintain a healthy and stable weight after the surgery.

Surgical procedures cannot stop the process of aging 

Gravity is ever-present, and will continue to exist after your cosmetic rejuvenation surgery. It will always push down on your skin and over time, soft tissues will be vulnerable to that pressure. For instance, a facelift may not appear as ‘fresh’ as it did during the first year after the surgical procedure. Almost one in five patients who go through facelift come back within seven years for further tightening or wishing for a revision facelift procedure. 

The aging effects usually manifest around the eyes, and even after an eye lift, the upper face will still age. Due to this reason, upper eyelid surgery may have to be repeated after a period of five to seven years.

You can ensure that the outcomes of facial rejuvenation surgery are extended by keeping yourself hydrated and making use of a high SPF sunscreen on a regular basis. You should also stay away from alcohol and cigarettes, which can lead to premature facial aging. 

Does the Age of the Patient Make a Difference?

Age in itself is not a deciding factor, and if the patient is in good overall health and does not suffer from conditions such as hypertension, osteoporosis, or diabetes, they could still be a good candidate for surgery. There are some surgeries which cannot be undertaken before a particular age because they will not deliver the ideal or most sustainable results. 

For example, if you undergo a facelift much later in life, you will have less elasticity remaining in your facial skin. Therefore, the result is not going to be notable in comparison to someone who undergoes the procedure in their forties and fifties.
Cosmetic surgeon Dr. Landon D. McLain receives patients from Huntsville, Madison, Florence, Decatur, Scottsboro, Cullman, Athens, Alabama, and nearby areas for breast implant removal surgery.

For More Information

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.

Now taking patients from Huntsville, Scottsboro, Decatur, Madison, Athens, Florence, Cullman, AL and surrounding areas.

Choosing The Best Surgeon to Remove Your Breast Implants | HuntsvilleIn many cases, a breast implant removal surgery may turn out to be a more complex procedure compared to the original breast augmentation. Therefore, you should ideally choose a surgeon who has the requisite skills and experience to perform implant removal. 

If you have already had an unpleasant experience at the time of your original breast implantation, it makes sense to be more careful at the time of explantation, and find a surgeon with an impeccable track record of safety and patient satisfaction. Your surgeon should be able to reduce the risk of leakage of silicone or other problems during the implant removal surgery.

Surgeons who know from experience what kind of potential problems can occur in the surgery room at the time of implant removal will be better prepared to handle emergencies and make the best decisions for the patient.

Cosmetic surgeon Dr. Landon D. McLain provides breast implant removal to patients in Huntsville, Madison, Florence, Decatur, Scottsboro, Cullman, Athens, Alabama, and surrounding communities. 

Visit the Surgeon’s Website

New patients should preferably review the surgeon’s website before scheduling the initial consultation. The website can be a valuable source of information to know about the surgeons practice and his or her background. 

In the first consultation, patients should ask questions frankly and without any hesitation. A dedicated surgeon will give detailed answers and ensure that all their concerns are addressed satisfactorily. 

Preferably, your surgeon should have staff privileges to perform surgery at one or more local hospitals or accredited surgical centers. In case of an emergency, you can get immediate access to a hospital.

Focus on Customization

Dr. McLain believes that it is important to individualize surgical techniques such as breast explant surgery in order to effectively address the unique requirements of the patient and achieve best possible results. 

The anatomical features of every patient are different. The surgeon should also keep in mind the personal goals and cosmetic needs of the patient and then decide on a suitable breast implant removal surgery plan. 

The perspicacious Dr. McLain carefully balances the principles of art and science in a way to deliver most satisfying results, which are not only attractive cosmetically, but also sustainable, safe, and natural looking.

Personal Attributes

The safety and cosmetic outcomes are definitely the most important considerations in a surgery such as breast implant removal. But it is also vital for the patient to feel comfortable with her surgeon. The decision to go for an implant removal surgery is a very personal one.

For this reason, you should work with a surgeon who values your personal cosmetic goals and aspirations, and respects your privacy. During the pre-op consultation, the surgeon should ask the patient about the results that she expects as well as the exact treatment options that might interest her.

In case the patient feels that the doctor is not willing to customize the procedure according to her requirements, she may reconsider her choice of cosmetic surgeon. A responsible surgeon will certainly not put pressure on a patient to go through more surgery that she actually requires.

Cosmetic surgeon Dr. Landon D. McLain receives patients from Huntsville, Madison, Florence, Decatur, Scottsboro, Cullman, Athens, Alabama, and nearby areas for breast implant removal surgery.

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.

Now taking patients from Huntsville, Scottsboro, Decatur, Madison, Athens, Florence, Cullman, AL and surrounding areas.

en bloc Capsulectomy breast implant removal

Choose a Facelift Surgeon You can Trust | Huntsville | AthensTo understand en bloc capsulectomy or total capsulectomy surgery, you need to be familiar with a capsule, which is the scar tissue that grows around an implant. The development of this scar tissue is a natural reaction of the body when the implant was placed in the breast.  

In most cases, the scar tissue will not change in the way your breast implant looks or feels. When removing the implants, it is always important to take this capsule (scar tissue) into consideration. 

If the implants are being taken out permanently, a total capsulectomy can help in safer healing and recovery of the tissue. In the en bloc capsulectomy technique, the whole capsule is taken out together with the implant in one single piece.  

The implant will remain within the capsule during the entire surgery. An experienced cosmetic surgeon will withdraw the old capsule via en bloc capsulectomy only when they consider it an appropriate and safe option for the patient. 

Cosmetic surgeon Dr. Landon D. McLain provides breast implant removal to patients in Huntsville, Madison, Florence, Decatur, Scottsboro, Cullman, Athens, Alabama, and surrounding locations. 

When is En Bloc Capsulectomy Not Recommended? 

There are some situations where an en bloc capsulectomy surgery cannot be undertaken or may not be the most suitable option. If the capsular tissue is very delicate and thin to take out in one piece, the surgeon may not perform en bloc capsulectomy. Instead, they will take out as much of the capsule as possible along with the implant and then carefully remove the scar tissue that is left behind.  

Another condition where the surgeon may not carry out the en bloc capsulectomy is when the capsule adheres tightly to some critical tissues. For instance, if scar tissue is found closely enveloped around the rib cage, taking out the full capsule could injure the lungs.  

In these cases, some portions of the capsule will be left inside at the time of implant removal. Your breast surgeon will make sure that all required steps are taken to allow good healing, including sterilizing the remnants of the capsule. In general, the remaining capsule does not cause any health problems to the patient. 

The Process of Implant Removal  

The breast explantation surgery is carried out in an outpatient setting at an accredited surgical facility. The procedure requires the patient to be under general anesthesia and the entire surgery will last for about two hours. The procedure can usually be performed using the incision sites made during your original breast augmentation surgery.  

In certain cases, the surgeon may require to make an extra incision for total removal of the capsule. The surgeon will remove the entire capsule that has developed around the implant and take it out as a single entity. After the removal of both the capsules, the incision sites will be closed, and the breasts will be covered with bandages and a compression garment. 

Removal of implants helps to restore the natural aesthetics of the patient, but it may produce some changes to soft tissue. Drooping or sagging of the breasts may occur in some cases after the procedure because the skin stretches itself to accommodate the implant. If the patient does not wish to get new implants, there could be other ways to address this issue.  

The first is a breast lift surgery, which can be performed along with implant removal. The procedure involves elimination of excess loose skin and relocating the nipple and areola to build a perkier breast. The second choice is to use fat grafting to provide volume to the breast, partly replacing what was created by the breast implant, but with a natural and subtler effect. 

Recovery after the Implant Removal 

If you are not overweight, in good general health, and not a smoker, your recovery should not take long and you may be able to return to your regular activities in less than a week. You can expect some postoperative swelling which usually goes away within the first four weeks after the surgery. 

Cosmetic surgeon Dr. Landon D. McLain receives patients from Huntsville, Madison, Florence, Decatur, Scottsboro, Cullman, Athens, Alabama, and nearby areas for breast implant removal surgery. 

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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.

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