Charleston Breast Reconstruction

We’ll continue our featured posts detailing the plastic surgery options available to women who have had a mastectomy, in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month. We wanted to shine a light on the types of procedures available for women who are interested in using surgery options available to reconstruct one or both breasts with natural and beautiful results. In this post, we’ll focus on the difference between immediate and delayed breast reconstruction methods.

Upon consultation, Dr. O’Neill will walk you through each type of breast reconstruction that he performs and will answer any questions you may have.


Immediate Breast Reconstruction refers to a procedure that is performed directly after a mastectomy occurs. A surgeon and Dr. O’Neill work in conjunction with one another during the dual procedure. Benefits of this surgery include; the possibility of fewer scars, fewer potential future surgeries, and the possibility of waking up with reconstructed breast(s).


A number of women feel the need to complete their cancer treatments prior to having breast reconstruction surgery. This, unless otherwise noted medically, is a preferential choice. A few reasons for delaying the reconstruction procedure may be;

  • Due to post-mastectomy chemotherapy or radiation treatments, your doctor or surgeon may opt to delay the reconstruction procedure to limit the potential for complications.
  • There may be a potential for a re-occurrence of breast cancer.
  • A feeling of overwhelming, pushing you to finish the treatment before moving onto the next stage.

Dr. O’Neill is a leading Charleston, SC plastic surgeon. He has years of experience assisting families through trying and healing times. Dr. O’Neill and his staff are here to guide you and your family through it all. Contact us with any questions!

To learn more about Immediate or Delayed Breast Reconstruction, click here!

A picture of Patrick J. O’Neill, MD wearing his doctor attire.

About the Author

Upon completing medical school at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, SC, Dr. O’Neill completed nine years of residency training. These nine years included a full general surgery and a plastic surgery residency, both at the Medical University of South Carolina, and a hand and microsurgery fellowship at the Kleinert Institute for Hand and Microsurgery. Dr. O’Neill has extensive certifications, training, skills, and knowledge that make him a successful physician who can carry out your next plastic surgery procedure. His expertise and technique will result in the beautiful and natural look you desire post surgery.

Board Certified:
American Board of Surgery
American Board of Plastic Surgery
Sub-Certification in Hand and Microsurgery

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