Mole Removal 

Most moles are harmless and do not need any treatment. A mole is likely to be dangerous if you find it looking different from your other moles. Moles that appear after the age of 25 are more at risk. If you notice that your mole has changed in size, shape, color, and height, or has started to itch, ooze, bleed, or hurt, it is time to have it examined by a surgeon. 

Double board certified oral & maxillofacial and cosmetic surgeon Dr. Landon D. McLain provides mole and skin tag removal procedures to patients in Huntsville, Madison, Florence, Decatur, Scottsboro, Cullman, Athens, Alabama, and surrounding communities. 

ABCDE Signs of Dangerous Moles 

If you notice any of the following characters in your moles, it could be a sign that your mole is dangerous. 

  • Asymmetry: The two parts of the mole don’t match up. 
  • Border: The mole’s edges are irregular or blurred. 
  • Color: Mole color is uneven and shows different shades of black, brown, blue, red, or white. 
  • Diameter: The moles size is bigger than a pencil eraser. 
  • Evolution: The size, color, or shape of the mole keeps changing. 

If you notice any of these signs, consult a doctor at the earliest for an expert examination and diagnosis. 

Mole Treatment Methods 

If your surgeon suspects a mole to be malignant or otherwise abnormal, they will cut or shave off the mole in a biopsy. It will then be sent to a laboratory to test for the presence of cancer.  Often, a little of the normal skin are around the mole will also be removed and the wound is then closed with sutures. 

Skin Tags Treatment 

Skin tags are small pieces of tissue connected to the skin through a narrow stem. They are often common in elderly persons and in women who have gained weight. Skin tags mostly occur in the groin, below the breasts, on the back, neck, and chest and in the armpits.  

Skin tags are harmless, and it is best to leave them alone if they are not causing any discomfort. But if they get enmeshed in your clothes or jewelry and cause pain, or if you find them a cosmetic problem, you can have them removed. Your surgeon will cut off a skin tag with a scissors or scalpel, or use an electric current to burn it off, or freeze the skin tag causing it to fall off.  

Lentigo Treatment

A brown-colored skin spot that appears darker than the other skin is known as a lentigo. This condition may run in the family. The major cause of lentigines is exposure to sunlight, so they are often found on the hands and face. Occasionally, radiation therapy may also be a cause.  

Lentigines may be treated using skin creams such as bleaching agents or retinoids. Laser surgery and cryosurgery or freezing with super cold liquid nitrogen are other possible treatment methods for lentigines.  

Double board certified oral & maxillofacial and cosmetic surgeon Dr. Landon D. McLain receives patients from Huntsville, Madison, Florence, Decatur, Scottsboro, Cullman, Athens, Alabama, and nearby areas for mole and skin tag removal procedures.  

Contact McLain Surgical Arts in Huntsville, AL to Schedule a Consultation

McLain Surgical Arts is a leading cosmetic 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.

Taking care of your skin and your body will keep you looking and feeling young for a much longer time. That is where “prejuvenation” comes into play.

We often talk about how to remedy the signs of aging, but there are things you can do to slow down some of those signs. And they will also make it an easier task for your cosmetic surgeon when you do decide to make some surgical changes to your looks.

Some of the things you can do will maintain the youth of the body, and some will help maintain the youth of your face. Together, these practices can contribute to an optimized quality of life.

Here are a few you may consider:

  • Taking a daily dose of Vitamin C. This vitamin is the most important in the development of healthy collagen.
  • Using a daily sunblock of SPF 30, or stronger. Whether you are outdoors or under harsh lights, a good sunscreen will protect your skin from ultraviolet rays. It is also a good idea to use sunscreen on your hands, as well.
  • Get a healthy dose of omegas in your diet. Aside from fish, fish oil supplements have shown to be helpful to psychiatric health, improving cardiac risk factors and keeping skin healthy and pliable.
  • Decrease sugar intake. A diet high in sugar is very damaging to the skin as well as the rest of your body. Damage to collagen and elastin leads to sallow, less plump and more wrinkled/sagging skin.
  • Stop smoking. As far as skin is concerned, the chemicals in smoke contribute to skin damage. The act of smoking will cause deep wrinkles around the mouth area. And Vitamin C levels in smokers tends to be 15% less than those of non-smokers.

Other things to consider include exercising for at least 30 minutes a day, using Retin-A to improve the smoothness of your skin, and getting plenty of sleep.

As you can see, there are many things you can do for yourself that will help with the maintenance of your physical youth and beauty. And when the time comes, your cosmetic surgeon will be there for more professional help.

Contact McLain Surgical Arts in Huntsville, AL to Schedule a Consultation

McLain Surgical Arts is a leading cosmetic 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.

Practice Overview

McLain Surgical Arts, led by double board certified cosmetic and oral and maxillofacial surgeon, Dr. Landon D. McLain, is a premier practice providing cutting edge procedures in aesthetic as well as oral and maxillofacial surgery. The practice offers the dual benefits of cosmetic surgery as well as oral health procedures under the same roof.

As an experienced cosmetic surgeon, Dr. McLain provides customized treatments that are tailored to meet the specific health and aesthetic needs of a patient. The practice is equipped with latest technologies to help deliver the safest and most effective outcomes in every procedure. Dr. McLain receives patients from Huntsville, AL and surrounding communities.

Oral and Maxillofacial Procedures

McLain Surgical Arts provides a comprehensive range of oral and maxillofacial procedures, including the following:

Wisdom Teeth Extraction

Wisdom teeth are also called the third molars. Very often these teeth may come in impacted, requiring extraction. Dr. McLain is highly trained and experienced in performing this procedure with satisfying and sustainable results for his patients.

Dental Implants

Dental implant surgery is a complex procedure, but it is by far the most effective procedure for teeth replacement. Dr. McLain provides advanced dental implants to restore both function and aesthetics.

Jaw Surgery

As a leading double board certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon, Dr. McLain specializes in procedures that repair jaw related irregularities, improve bite and breathing ability, and enhance orthodontic outcomes. He provides this surgery to patients in Huntsville, AL and nearby areas.

Facial Trauma Surgery

Dr. McLain puts his extensive training in dental, medical, and cosmetic surgery to full use when performing advanced and complex procedures such as facial trauma surgery. He can achieve corrective results while maintaining the aesthetic balance at the same time.

Aesthetic Surgery Procedures

McLain Surgical Arts is fully equipped to provide the latest and proven aesthetic surgery procedures. Dr. McLain is a trained and experienced cosmetic surgeon providing these procedures.


Breast augmentation, breast lift, breast reduction, breast augmentation with lift, and breast revision are some of the key breast cosmetic surgery procedures offered by Dr. McLain.


Major body contouring procedures performed at McLain Surgical Arts include liposuction and tummy tuck surgery. Liposuction is the most popular cosmetic surgery procedure in the US today. Both women and men can benefit equally from these procedures.


With his strong training background in oral and maxillofacial surgery, Dr. McLain is in the perfect position to provide facial cosmetic surgery as well as oral and maxillofacial procedures.


A number of non-surgical skin rejuvenation procedures are also provided at Dr. McLain’s practice. These may be performed independently or in conjunction with facial plastic surgery procedures. The procedures include Botox, dermal fillers, laser skin resurfacing, and other aesthetician and skin care services and products.

Dr. McLain practice is based out of Huntsville, AL, and serves Birmingham and Decatur, AL, as well as parts of Georgia and Tennessee. Dr. McLain is a recognized leader in the field, who is involved in multiple lecturing, training, and research activities, in addition to providing cutting edge treatments to his patients.

Medical Spa Services Huntsville, Alabama

Recently, we significantly expanded our menu of medical spa services and welcomed a licensed aesthetician, Leslie Ware, to complement our Cosmetic surgery treatments . The decision to broaden the services enables us to meet the cosmetic needs of more patients in the Huntsville, Alabama, area.

Non-surgical treatments

Non-surgical treatments are increasingly sophisticated and require a trained and experienced aesthetician to get the best results, whether a patient is looking to minimize the earliest signs of aging or wants to maintain the results of a past surgical procedure. We are extremely fortunate to have Leslie join our team. She is one of the most sought-after aestheticians in the Huntsville area and has been seeing patients at her own clinic for years.

We feel it’s important for patients to receive these types of treatments in a medical setting with a licensed practitioner, rather than in a salon or day spa setting. Even though procedures such as chemical peels, acne treatments, and dermaplaning are non-surgical, they should only be performed by an experienced professional.

A sampling of the med spa services we now offer includes:

  • Customized facials that include cleansing, exfoliation, and massage
  • Enzyme peels, which are a mild alternative to chemical peels
  • Microdermabrasion for skin rejuvenation with no downtime
  • Laser hair removal using the latest technology

Leslie is the ideal person to perform these added services. She started working in the beauty and skin care field at the age of 19 and immediately knew she’d found her calling. Leslie specializes in the treatment of pigmentation conditions, signs of aging, and teen and adult acne. She’s also a Huntsville native and a mom of 3 teenagers.

We’re excited to offer these expanded services and hope you’ll come in to meet Leslie and ask about all our new treatments. We also have professional-grade skin care products so you can maintain your results at home.

For more information on Cosmetic Plastic Surgery, Medical Spa,  Oral & Maxillofacial surgery procedures and treatments, please contact the Huntsville, Alabama office of Double board-certified Dr. Landon D. McLain MD, DMD, FACS  at  256.429.3411 or click here to contact the team.

Let me “Fill You In” on Dermal Fillers!

Cosmetic fillers have revolutionized the modern cosmetic surgery practice.  And despite the ever increasing cultural acceptance to cosmetic enhancements and abundance of industry advertising and branding… still, many patients are confused about fillers and what they can and cannot do.  As we age not only does gravity and sun damage affect the quality of our skin, but we lose volume in key areas of the face.  Much like a grape becomes a raisin, volume loss significantly contributes to wrinkle formation.

Facial aging areas

Let me take a moment to clear the air and “fill you in” on the most common fillers used in my practice here at McLain Surgical Arts…

 1. Hyaluronic Acid (HA) Fillers:

The most commonly HA fillers are Belotero, Juvederm, Restylane and Perlane.  These types of fillers have been used in the US since 2004 and have a proven safety and performance record.  Hyaluronic Acid (HA) is a normally occurring substance in the human body, primarily found in skin, joints and neural tissues.  Interestingly, when skin is exposed to excessive UVB rays from the sun over time, the skin loses hyaluronic acid and begins to lose volume and vibrance.  This results in premature aging.  Fortunately, HA can be produced in a laboratory which nearly eliminates the potential for severe allergic reaction that was common to older collagen based fillers.  Although very similar each of the types of HA fillers have specific differences based primarily on molecule size and/or the amount of crosslinking between the molecules.  I personally prefer Restylane in the tear trough areas due to its ease of molding, while I prefer Juvederm in the lips because it seems to last longer.

2. Calcium Hydroxyapatite Fillers:

In 2006, the FDA approved calcium hydroxyapatite for cosmetic injection. This cosmetic filler is made of the minerals that give bone its strength and texture. These minerals are ground into tiny particles and suspended in an aquesous solution, which is injected under the skin. In the trial that led to its approval, calcium hydroxyapatite worked significantly better and lasted longer than collagen injections to reduce severe wrinkles.  This filler is white and is best used at deeper levels of facial atrophy.  Radiesse is my preferred filler for lower facial and cheek large volume replacement.  It has perhaps the most natural result of any of the dermal fillers and has the added benefit of stimulating your skin to form its own collagen.   It is not useful for lips and tear trough areas due to the need to place at very superficial levels in these areas.

Most popular facial dermal filler locations

3. Autologous Fat:

Fat grafting to fill soft tissue deficits has been around since at least the late 19th century and has gained increasing popularity in the past 20 years for facial and body volume restoration.  The primary advantage of fat is that it is autologous and there is zero risk of transmittable disease or allergic reaction.  It is considered semi-permanent because only a portion of the total fat grafted survives permanently, but with improvements in harvesting and application techniques one can expect about 50-60% of the transplanted fat to remain.  In addition to volume restoration of the face, fat is very popular in treating body contour defects;  the buttocks for example, otherwise known as a Brazilian buttock lift.

Hopefully this gives you a bit of information on the most popular fillers used here at McLain Surgical Arts.  There are obviously other options, but these three forms have become the worhorses in reversing age related atrophy and wrinkles in my practice.

For more information on dermal fillers in Huntsville, Al, please visit us online or call 256.429.3411 for a complimentary consultation.