Out Of Town Patient Guide

Cosmetic surgery is a life altering procedure, and it makes sense to go the extra mile in choosing the best surgeon for your needs. Discerning patients recognize that the choice of the surgeon is the single most important factor that will impact their results. Therefore, they are often willing to travel out of town to seek the best possible treatment for their aesthetic concerns. 

McLain Surgical Arts, led by cosmetic surgeon Dr. Landon D. McLain, provides cosmetic and reconstructive procedures to patients in Huntsville, Madison, Florence, Decatur, Scottsboro, Cullman, Athens, Alabama, and surrounding locations.  

Long Distance Consultation  

shutterstock_1264838881Out of town patients usually have the choice between an in-person consultation and a long distance consultation with the surgeon. If you are busy or stay afar, it may not be feasible for you visit separately for a pre-surgery consultation. In this case, your surgeon and their team will make all efforts to ensure that you have an equally satisfying and productive consultation over the phone, Skype and email.  

Prior to your virtual consultation, you will have to submit your patient forms, medical history and images pertaining to your areas of concern (typically front-view and side-view images). The surgeon will review these details and prepare a customized surgical plan for you. Feel free to ask questions during the consultation and clear all your doubts.  

Scheduling Your Surgery 

Once you are ready to go ahead with the cosmetic surgery, your patient coordinator at the surgeon’s office will help you schedule a convenient date for surgery.  

You will also receive pre-surgery preparatory instructions, such as avoiding smoking and discontinuing NSAIDs and herbal medications, if any for at least two weeks prior to your procedure. Depending on your procedure, your surgeon may also require you to have some medical tests and blood work and submit the results to their office.  

Travel Plans 

Your patient coordinator will help you to make advance reservations for your transport and accommodation in the city for your surgery. The entire surgical team will do everything to make your out of town surgery experience as seamless as possible. 

You should ideally arrive in town a day or two head of your surgery, and plan to stay for a few days until you have recovered enough to safely travel back home. Your surgeon will give you an estimated recovery timeline according to your procedure. In general, you should expect to stay back for about one week after your surgery to allow the incisions to heal well.  

Post-Operative Care 

Your best option would be to bring along someone you can trust to assist you during your surgery and a day or two afterwards. Your caregiver can accompany you back to your hotel after the surgery, and preferably stay for at least 24 hours to provide you physical and emotional support.  

Hotels in Huntsville 

  • Embassy Suites  
  • The Westin Huntsville 

Airport 

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

Cosmetic surgeon Dr. Landon D. McLain receives patients from Huntsville, Madison, Florence, Decatur, Scottsboro, Cullman, Athens, Alabama, and nearby areas for safe and proven cosmetic procedures.   

Contact Us to Schedule a Consultation

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.

Actual patient: Facelift Plastic Surgery Before

Actual patient: Facelift Plastic Surgery Before

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Facelift Plastic Surgery After

…and cosmetic surgery is not plastic surgery!

It can be difficult in this modern day climate of heavy advertising, social media and internet searches for prospective cosmetic surgery patients to learn the truth about cosmetic procedures and the surgeons who perform them. Unfortunately, the online plethora of marketing, advertising and websites has muddied the waters about cosmetic surgery and unscrupulous groups and individuals have taken advantage of the flotsam and jetsam to advance their own agenda. It is disappointing to see, but the “turf battles” in healthcare and among physician specialties are often the nastiest and most intellectually dishonest encounters imaginable. The battles between surgical specialties that encompass esthetic/cosmetic surgery are no exception. This is especially evident in the attempt by some to equate plastic surgery and cosmetic surgery.

Cosmetic surgery

The truth is that no one specialty owns cosmetic surgery. Cosmetic surgery is recognized by the AMA (American Medical Association) as a separate and distinct specialty from plastic surgery. In fact, the nation’s largest cosmetic surgery group, the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery (AACS) which is comprised of physicians from multiple specialties, including plastic surgery, has voting delegates in the AMA House of Delegates. Cosmetic surgery is the surgery of appearance. It is elective and focuses on the aesthetics of beauty.

Plastic surgery

Plastic surgery is primarily reconstructive in nature and was born out of the need to repair severe head and neck injuries during World War I. As there were no “plastic surgeons” at the time, the U.S. Surgeon General (William C. Gorgas) combined oral surgeons and general surgeons to form the Department of Oral and Plastic Surgery to treat these injured soldiers. Interestingly, Dr.’s Robert Ivy and Varaztad Kazanjian, who are considered the fathers of plastic surgery in the U.S. were originally oral surgeons. The prestigious American Association of Plastic Surgeons (AAPS), which limits its membership to only the most accomplished plastic surgeons in the country, was originally founded by oral surgeons and physicians and was called the American Society of Oral and Plastic Surgeons until 1931.

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Actual patient: Buttocks Liposuction Before

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Actual patient: Buttocks Liposuction After

Unfortunately, some (not all) organized plastic surgeons attempt to mislead the public about who is competent to perform cosmetic surgery and the most deceptive lies are those that contain some grains of truth. Plastic surgeons (like many other surgical specialists, including but not limited to, Otolaryngologists/ENT, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, Dermatologists and Ophthalmologists) do learn cosmetic procedures during their residency. However, the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) only recommends that residents in plastic surgery perform 110 cosmetic procedures to be considered adequately trained. These include ten breast augmentations, seven face lifts, eight blepharoplasties, six rhinoplasties, five abdominoplasties, ten liposuctions, and nine “other” cosmetic procedures.

I do not believe that number of procedures is enough to become truly efficient in the full scope of cosmetic surgery and in fact, most plastic surgery educators agree with me. This is exemplified in a 2008 article published in the Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery journal, where a survey of cosmetic surgery training in plastic surgery programs in the United States found that the majority of the plastic surgery program directors encouraged their residents to pursue some type of postgraduate cosmetic fellowship. There is no doubt that the residency experience pales in comparison to formal fellowship training in cosmetic/esthetic surgery.

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Actual Patient: Tummy Tuck & Breast Augmentation Before

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Tummy Tuck & Breast Augmentation After

Fellowship training is widely recognized as the highest level of training available after residency and denotes extraordinary commitment to that field of medicine or surgery. Personally, I was fortunate enough to perform over 1400 cosmetic surgeries during my accredited fellowship.   Also, in contrast to many residency experiences, as the cosmetic surgical fellow, I was responsible for the patients’ from their initial consultation to their surgery and through their postoperative course. Unfortunately, many residents do not gain enough experience in the university setting to meet cosmetic surgery requirements and are sent out to private offices to “scrub in” on cosmetic cases to gain sufficient numbers.  This means that many of the nuances of patient selection, treatment planning, informed consent, and management of postoperative complications are likely missed.  That said, I have many plastic surgery colleagues who are very experienced in esthetic surgery and are excellent at it; but just having the designation “plastic surgeon” does not assure a patient of that surgeon’s proficiency in cosmetic surgery.

Dermatologists

Contemporary educators will freely admit that cosmetic surgery is a multi-specialty field that includes leaders and contributions from many surgical specialties. For instance, dermatologists pioneered laser surgery, chemical peels and invented tumescent liposuction.  Oral and maxillofacial surgeons also made significant advances in aesthetic facial skeletal surgery and facial implants.  Ophthalmologists have contributed many techniques for cosmetic eyelid surgery and cosmetic uses of botulinum toxin. Gynecologists have introduced or improved cosmetic vaginal surgery.  ENT physicians have advanced the field of rhinoplasty and facelifting techniques on a continual basis.   Plastic surgeons have made remarkable advancements in breast and body contouring procedures. The list goes on and anyone that disagrees with the fact that contemporary cosmetic surgery is a multi-specialty realm simply has their head in the sand or has intentions of secondary gain.

The real bottom line is that there is no residency for cosmetic surgery and in my opinion, the ideal surgeon is one who has completed a formal fellowship in cosmetic surgery, or has a vast amount of cosmetic surgical experience.  This could be a surgeon or surgeons from a multitiude of specialty backgrounds. Although board certification is an indicator of basic surgical competency, it is only one component that should be considered when choosing a cosmetic surgeon. Depending on the community in which you live, the best person to perform your rhinoplasty may be an oral and maxillofacial surgeon or an ENT/Otolaryngologist and the best person to perform your liposuction procedure may be a board certified cosmetic surgeon or a general plastic surgeon.

Also, any honest and competent surgeon should be willing to discuss their actual training and experience in the procedure(s) considered and not just hide behind some board certification. Lastly, successful and accomplished surgeons seldom disparage their competition because they are: 1) confident in their own abilities, 2) are too busy with surgery to waste time belittling others, and 3) realize that their competition will not last long if they aren’t getting good results, and if they are, they should be respected as colleagues.

If you would like to learn more about cosmetic surgery in Huntsville, AL with Dr. Landon McLain, please visit our website at McLainsurgicalarts.com

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. 

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 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.

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.

We are now your doctor office open on Saturday.

Saturday appointments now availableWe know you’re busy. We have listened to you, our patients, and have extended hours to be available for limited Saturday appointments on the weekends.

Here are a few reasons to visit the doctor office on Saturday:

  • Convenient Saturday Times
  • No Need to Miss Work
  • Flexible Appointment Scheduling

Location:

McLain Surgical Arts   |   2045 Cecil Ashburn Drive SE, Suite 101   |   Huntsville, AL 35802

Our physicians offer the following consultations / appointments on Saturday for:

COSMETIC

  • Breast Augmentation
  • Breast Lift
  • Breast Revision
  • Tummy Tuck
  • Liposuction
  • Facelift
  • Rhinoplasty
  • Botox

ORAL SURGERY

  • Wisdom Teeth
  • Dental Implants
  • Jaw Surgery
  • Facial Trauma Surgery

SCHEDULE YOUR CONSULTATION NOW!

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.

How to Prepare For Breast Implant Removal | Huntsville | ScottsboroFor a significant procedure such as breast implant removal surgery, thorough preparation is essential. Patients considering this plastic surgery should devote time and energy to prepare carefully for the pre and post-op phases. 

The patient should prepare adequately for breast implant removal surgery to enjoy a safe and effective surgical and recovery stage. 

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

Surgery Blood Work

The main step in preparing for breast implant removal surgery is getting blood work done. Prior to the surgery, the surgeon will ensure that the patient’s creatine, electrolytes, hemoglobin, and blood clotting ability are within the optimal range.

In addition, the patient will need to get an electrocardiogram (ECG / EKG) to make sure that her heart condition is normal if she is over 50 years of age. In case the blood work or EKG indicates a problem, the cosmetic surgeon will explain the next steps to the patient. 

Two Weeks prior to the Surgery

The patient will need to commence preparation for the breast implant removal plastic surgery two weeks before the procedure. To avoid rushing at the last minute, patients can start preparing for the procedure earlier. Timely preparation will ensure that the necessary arrangements are made well in time for the surgery.

Before her breast implant removal cosmetic surgery, the patient may arrange for the following:

  • A responsible individual to drive her back home after the procedure
  • A family member, friend, or caregiver to stay with her for at least 24 hours following the procedure
  • Childcare and pet care, if necessary

Correlating with this, the patient may need to implement some changes two weeks prior to breast implant removal surgery. These may include the following:

Avoid the Consumption of Alcohol 

Alcohol causes blood thinning, which may lead to a prolonged healing period and increased bruising. The patient should, in fact, remain hydrated by drinking lots of water prior to her breast implant removal surgery.

Stop Smoking

Nicotine may cause delayed healing and increase the possibility of the development of post-operative complications. In case the patient is a smoker, the surgeon will direct her to discontinue smoking for a specified duration before and after her procedure to prevent any associated health issues in the future.  

Avoid Aspirin or Ibuprofen

These medications affect the blood clotting ability of the body. In case the patient experiences body pain or a headache, they can use Tylenol (acetaminophen) instead of any of these drugs.

Discontinue Herbal Supplements

The patient may need to stop using herbal supplements such as ginkgo biloba, green tea extract, garlic, ginseng, and St. John’s wort for some time as these may interfere with the anesthesia. Therefore, she will need to discontinue the use of these herbal supplements two weeks before the surgery.

Night Before the Breast Implant Removal Surgery

The patient should undertake the following important tasks on the night before her breast implant removal surgery:

  • Bathe with antibacterial soap and cleanse her hair
  • Not eat or drink anything for a minimum of eight hours prior to the scheduled time of the breast implant removal surgery, including water and chewing gum

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

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 Implant Removal Risks And Safety | Huntsville | ScottsboroBreast implant removal cosmetic surgery is a useful option for women who have suffered breast implant damage or those who experience a change in their aesthetic preferences. 

This procedure may involve breast implant removal or replacement. However, similar to any surgical procedure, breast implant removal surgery also has certain associated risks and side effects.

Breast implant surgery can be a more complicated procedure than the original breast enhancement procedure, especially when it is performed along with a breast lift. Cosmetic surgeon Dr. Landon D. McLain provides breast implant removal to patients in Huntsville, Madison, Florence, Decatur, Scottsboro, Cullman, Athens, Alabama, and surrounding communities. 

Potential Surgical Complications

During the pre-op consultation, the breast surgeon will explain the potential risks and complications of the procedure to the patient. The patient, on their part, should follow the surgeon’s pre and post-op guidelines in a responsible manner to reduce the risks. Breast implant removal surgery has the below-mentioned associated risks:

  • Poor response to anesthesia
  • Bacterial infection
  • Unwanted cosmetic results
  • Bleeding
  • Unfavorable scarring

Risks associated with Breast Implant Removal

Breast implant removal is a relatively simple procedure. However, at times, it may have to be performed along with a breast lift for excellent outcomes. A patient may experience the following exceptional but serious complications during or after an implant removal procedure:

  • Scarring
  • Bleeding
  • Loss in sensation or a changed sensation in the nipple region

The breasts will likely not look the same as they did prior to the breast enhancement surgery. The patient may experience some breast sagginess or deformity, particularly if they had larger implants. In such cases, breast lift surgery, along with a breast removal procedure, can help develop more attractive outcomes.

At times, the patient may experience that her natural breasts seem smaller after the implant removal than what she recalls. The reason for this occurrence could be hormonal fluctuations or weight loss that happened when the patient received the primary breast augmentation plastic surgery

Risks related to Breast Implant Replacement 

The risks involved in breast implant replacement surgery are the same as those present at the time of the primary breast augmentation procedure. While rare, the following complications are associated with a breast implant replacement procedure:

  • Shifting of the implant from its position
  • Capsular contracture 
  • Implant rupture
  • Implant rippling
  • An altered sensation of the breast

A woman who chooses larger-sized implants for her breast implant revision surgery may experience more discomfort as her body will take time to acclimatize to the new implants. In addition, the surgery to place the larger implants will be more invasive and complex.

This procedure involves the surgeon creating new breast pockets to accommodate the larger implants. In correlation to this, they may have to change the placement of the implants as well, which may lead to a slight increase in the risks related to this procedure. 

Patients should understand that any breast revision surgery has some degree of associated risk. For this reason, a patient should only consider replacement surgery if she experiences a complication or wants to change her breast size. 

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

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.