About breast reconstruction

Reconstructive breast surgery is performed either during or after a mastectomy in order to maintain the appearance of an organic breast. This procedure helps many women feel like themselves again after going through cancer (or other trauma or conditions concerning the breasts). Reconstructive breast surgery has the ability to help a patient move on from the disease and to once again feel confident in the clothing, intimacy, and even the world.

Types of reconstructive breast surgery

For those thinking about reconstructive breast surgery, it’s important to be fully aware of your options. There are several kinds, and the kind that is best for you will depend on the specific stage of breast cancer; your medical condition; if you will be having additional therapy, and your own personal preference.

Immediate and delayed

When reconstructive breast surgery is done during the mastectomy, it’s called an immediate reconstruction. When it’s done afterward, it’s called a delayed reconstruction.

The advantage to having an immediate reconstructive breast surgery is that both procedures can be done at once, instead of two separate operations (and recovery periods).

On the other hand, a delayed breast reconstructive surgery allows the patient to have more time to think about her options — and if reconstructive surgery is even what she wants.

Autologous and implants

The breast(s) can be reconstructed with either the patient’s own muscle, fat, and skin from another area of the body, or with breast implants. There are advantages and disadvantages to both, and these can be discussed in greater detail during your consultation. The choice between autologous and implants is a very personal choice that comes down to each unique patient’s needs and goals.

What to expect 

It’s good for patients to understand that the reconstructed breast(s), no matter how natural-looking, will not appear exactly as the original breast. Nor will it have the same nerves and sensitivity.

That said, this procedure is still incredibly emotionally satisfying to many women, as it can help restore confidence, peace, and quality of life.


Because breast reconstructive surgery is a highly customized procedure, every patient will have a different recovery experience. However, in general, patients resume work and regular activities around six weeks post-surgery. During your consultation, Dr. Bauer will give you a more detailed explanation of what the recovery process will look like based on the type of breast reconstruction surgery that you’ll be having.

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Candidates for reconstructive breast surgery

If you’re in the Montgomery, AL area and you’re considering reconstructive breast surgery, it’s important to know if you’re a candidate or not.

You may not be a good candidate if you:

  • Will require chemotherapy or radiation therapy 
  • Are very overweight
  • Have certain scarring from previous operations
  • Have medical conditions that may cause bleeding or infection
  • Are a smoker
  • Have unrealistic expectations of what the procedure can accomplish

Breast reconstruction in Montgomery, AL

If you decide that breast reconstruction in Montgomery AL is right for you, the next step to take is your consultation with Dr. Bauer. As a board-certified Plastic and Reconstructive surgeon, Dr. Bauer is highly skilled and experienced with this specific procedure. You can expect extraordinary care and service from every touchpoint, including before, during, and after surgery. We focus on patient education and forming long-lasting relationships where trust is the main element. To set up your appointment, we invite you to contact us.

John Bauer

Plastic Surgeon

Alabama Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

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