We found 7 providers matching breast reconstruction near Huntsville, AL.

Dr. Deason C Dunagan, MD
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
303 Williams Avenue Sw; Suite 1421
Huntsville, AL
 

Dr. Deason Dunagan is a specialist in plastic surgery. He works in Huntsville, AL. Clinical interests for Dr. Dunagan include eyelid surgery, thigh lift, and general reconstruction. He has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Dr. Dunagan is an in-network provider for Medicare insurance. After attending the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine for medical school, Dr. Dunagan completed his residency training at Methodist Healthcare, Memphis.

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Relevant Interests: , free flap breast reconstruction, TRAM flap breast reconstruction, breast reconstruction

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Dr. William E Alison II, Jr., MD
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
303 Williams Avenue Sw; Suite 1421
Huntsville, AL
 

Dr. William Alison practices plastic surgery. He has received a 3.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. His clinical interests include eyelid surgery, thigh lift, and general reconstruction. Dr. Alison honors Medicare insurance. After completing medical school at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine and Tulane University School of Medicine, Dr. Alison performed his residency at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with Tulane University.

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Relevant Interests: , free flap breast reconstruction, TRAM flap breast reconstruction, breast reconstruction

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Dr. Michael D Yates, MD
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
303 Williams Avenue Sw; Suite 1421
Huntsville, AL
 

Dr. Michael Yates' specialty is plastic surgery. These areas are among his clinical interests: eyelid surgery, thigh lift, and general reconstruction. Before performing his residency at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Dr. Yates attended the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine. He is rated highly by his patients. Dr. Yates is in-network for Medicare insurance.

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Relevant Interests: , free flap breast reconstruction, TRAM flap breast reconstruction, breast reconstruction

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Dr. Robert John Knowling, MD
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
4011 Balmoral Drive Sw
Huntsville, AL
 

Dr. Robert Knowling practices plastic surgery. Clinical interests for Dr. Knowling include eyelid surgery, thigh lift, and general reconstruction. His patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 out of 5 stars. Dr. Knowling is an in-network provider for Medicare insurance. He studied medicine at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine.

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Relevant Interests: , free flap breast reconstruction, TRAM flap breast reconstruction, breast reconstruction

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Dr. David L Durst, MD
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
4011 Balmoral Drive Sw
Huntsville, AL
 

Dr. David Durst is a Huntsville, AL physician who specializes in plastic surgery. He attended medical school at the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine. Dr. Durst's areas of expertise include eyelid surgery, thigh lift, and general reconstruction. Patient ratings for Dr. Durst average 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Durst is in-network for Medicare insurance.

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Relevant Interests: , TRAM flap breast reconstruction, breast reconstruction

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Dr. Lawrence H Bundrick Jr., MD
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
333 Whitesport Drive Sw; Suite 201
Huntsville, AL
 

Dr. Larry Bundrick practices plastic surgery in Huntsville, AL. He attended medical school at Louisiana State University School of Medicine in Shreveport. Areas of expertise for Dr. Bundrick include eyelid surgery, thigh lift, and general reconstruction. Patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. He takes Medicare insurance.

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Relevant Interests: , TRAM flap breast reconstruction, breast reconstruction

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Dr. Patrick C Wilson, MD
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
805 Madison Street; Suite 1d
Huntsville, AL
 

Dr. Patrick Wilson is a medical specialist in plastic surgery. These areas are among his clinical interests: eyelid surgery, thigh lift, and general reconstruction. The average patient rating for Dr. Wilson is 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Wilson takes Medicare insurance. Dr. Wilson attended medical school at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine.

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Relevant Interests: , TRAM flap breast reconstruction, breast reconstruction

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What is Breast Reconstruction?

Breast reconstruction is surgery to restore the appearance of the breast, usually after a mastectomy. The choice of how to proceed after the removal of a breast is a deeply personal one, with some women opting to wear a prosthetic form in a bra, and others choosing to embrace their new breastless form as a reminder of their strength and survival. Those options are perfectly acceptable, but many women feel most comfortable with their missing breast tissue surgically replaced. Breast reconstruction can be part of a patient’s return to normal after experiencing breast cancer.

There are a few different methods used to create the round shape of the breast on the chest. A flap of fat, skin, and muscle can be taken from the side, abdomen or buttock and implanted on the chest to create a breast from the patient’s own tissue. Alternatively, the skin over the chest may be gradually stretched to allow for the placement of an implant. Stretching of the skin is done using expanders, which are similar to breast implants, except they increase in size when saltwater solution is injected into them. Many women also choose to combine the flap procedure with implant placement to achieve their desired result. Once the new breast shape is formed, a nipple can be created and even tattooed to match the other side.

Reconstruction may be done in a single surgery or broken up into multiple procedures:

  • Immediate reconstruction rebuilds the breast right after mastectomy. This method is not recommended if additional chemotherapy or radiation is needed after surgery.
  • Delayed reconstruction occurs after chemotherapy or radiation has been given. These treatments may decrease the volume or alter the color of the reconstructed breast, so they should be completed before the breast is rebuilt. This type of reconstruction may happen weeks, months, or even years after mastectomy.
  • Staged reconstruction splits the reconstructive process into two parts. The first part inserts temporary expanders to stretch the skin and is done immediately after breast removal surgery. The second part replaces the expanders with implants after chemotherapy or radiation treatments have been given.
Breast reconstruction is not perfect. The two breasts may not always look exactly identical, although they will be close. There may be small scars, and a loss of sensation in the reconstructed breast. A reconstructed breast will not produce milk, so you may have trouble breastfeeding. Still, reconstruction is a great option for women who want that part of their appearance back.