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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's area of specialization is plastic surgery. Clinical interests for Dr. Dunagan include eyelid surgery, thigh lift, and general reconstruction. He is a graduate of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Dunagan completed a residency program at Methodist Healthcare, Memphis. The average patient rating for Dr. Dunagan is 4.5 stars out of 5. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Aetna, and Medicare.

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

All Interests: Eyelid Surgery, Dermabrasion, Botulinum Toxin Injection, Breast Augmentation, Laser Resurfacing, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Michael Yates is a Huntsville, AL physician who specializes in plastic surgery. His clinical interests include eyelid surgery, thigh lift, and general reconstruction. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Yates is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Aetna, and Medicare, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine. He trained at Vanderbilt University Medical Center for his residency.

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

All Interests: Eyelid Surgery, Dermabrasion, Botulinum Toxin Injection, Breast Augmentation, Microsurgery, Laser ... (Read more)

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

Dr. William Alison's specialty is plastic surgery. Patients gave him an average rating of 3.0 stars out of 5. His clinical interests include eyelid surgery, thigh lift, and general reconstruction. Dr. Alison accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Aetna, and Medicare, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before performing his residency at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with Tulane University, Dr. Alison attended the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine and Tulane University School of Medicine.

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

All Interests: Eyelid Surgery, Dermabrasion, Botulinum Toxin Injection, Breast Augmentation, Microsurgery, Laser ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Robert Knowling is a physician who specializes in plastic surgery. Clinical interests for Dr. Knowling include eyelid surgery, thigh lift, and general reconstruction. He has received a 5.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He accepts Medicare insurance. He graduated from 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

All Interests: Eyelid Surgery, Dermabrasion, Botulinum Toxin Injection, Breast Augmentation, Microsurgery, Laser ... (Read more)

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

Dr. David Durst practices plastic surgery in Huntsville, AL. Areas of expertise for Dr. Durst include eyelid surgery, thigh lift, and general reconstruction. On average, patients gave Dr. Durst a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. He honors Medicare insurance. He studied medicine at the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine.

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Relevant Interests: , TRAM flap breast reconstruction, breast reconstruction

All Interests: Eyelid Surgery, Dermabrasion, Botulinum Toxin Injection, Breast Augmentation, Microsurgery, Down ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Patrick Wilson specializes in plastic surgery. On average, patients gave him a rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Wilson include eyelid surgery, thigh lift, and general reconstruction. He accepts Medicare insurance. He graduated from the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine.

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Relevant Interests: , TRAM flap breast reconstruction, breast reconstruction

All Interests: Eyelid Surgery, Botulinum Toxin Injection, Breast Augmentation, Nose Surgery, Endoscopic Surgery, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Larry Bundrick is a plastic surgery specialist. Dr. Bundrick's patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. His areas of expertise include the following: eyelid surgery, thigh lift, and general reconstruction. He accepts Medicare insurance. He studied medicine at Louisiana State University School of Medicine in Shreveport.

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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.