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Practice Philosophy

At COTTER PLASTIC SURGERY we are dedicated to providing the highest degree of excellence in surgical and diagnostic skills, as well as medically correct spa services in a caring, comfortable and compassionate environment. We strive to treat each patient with kindness, respect, courtesy and dignity. Being a specialty practice first, we are committed to making our patient’s relationship with us our priority, to be dedicated and competent about our care, to keep up with the latest trends and information, and to keep our patients’ safety and well-being first and foremost during any recommended treatment.


At Cotter Plastic Surgery, we have a special interest in performing cosmetic breast surgery such as Breast Augmentation, Breast Tack Up (Mastopexy), and Breast Reduction Surgery as well as Abdominoplasty i.e. "Tummy Tucks".

For many years, Dr. Cotter has provided Breast Reconstructive Surgery for patients with breast cancer and specializes in the tissue expander-to-permanent implant breast reconstructive surgery technique.

Dermatological (Skin) Surgery has been a large part of our practice for many years. Dr. Cotter receives referrals from surrounding physicians and dermatologists to remove and treat many different types of skin cancers and malignancies that require surgical care.

Dr. Cotter utilizes the precise Open Rhinoplasty technique for rhinolplasty & nasal re-shaping.  He uses the refined techniques of limited volume Liposculpture when performing tumescent liposuction.

Aesthetic MedSPA services are offered within the offices of Cotter Plastic Surgery.  We take special care when providing Botox and Juvederm treatments and we participate in Allergan's "Brilliant Distinctions" Program that can provide for significant savings on subsequent treatments and for products such as Latisse or Vivite. A wide variety of medical grade, non-surgical skin treatments are offered as well as carefully selected skin care products to enhance the overall health of your skin. We now feature SkinMedica facial peels and products that coordinate with the Allergan Brilliant distinctions Program. Expression is also available for patients requiring higher volume fill treatments.

Laser Hair Removal for most all skin types is available at very reasonable rates and we provide injection sclerotherapy and laser treatments for spider veins.

As an established, plastic surgery practice with many years of experience we are also available to help patients who are beginning to contemplate plastic surgery or those who have had cosmetic and/or reconstructive procedures in the past and may not be satisfied with their result or consultation. We can provide second opinions or further information as you move forward with your plastic surgery decision.




Your consultation begins with a telephone phone call, a referral from your family doctor or dermatologist, or a stop by our office to gather information or to schedule an appointment. Mary, our receptionist will direct your call or questions, enter your contact information, and set up a profile to be reviewed by Dr. Cotter.  We will also help you sort out overlaps in cosmetic and non-cosmetic procedures and set up the right kind of appointment for you - cosmetic or reconstructive.  If yours may be a medically necessary procedure, we will gather the necessary information to prepare a letter of pre-determination for your insurance carrier, if required.


In order to provide appropriate scheduling for your visit or treatment we often ask your help in gathering information prior to your visit.  Sometime tedious and exacting, the information gathered prior to your visit will allow more in-depth discussion and may result in "fast tracking" your particular problem toward surgery, if appropriate.  We frequently ask patients to come by the office during assigned blocks of time, without specific appointments, to have a digital photo made that can later be reviewed.  It is a good time to fill out our patient questionnaire as appropriate for your situation.


A full consultation with Dr. Cotter may follow at a separate visit depending on your situation.  Alternately, you may be offered the opportunity with appropriate medical clearances to move more quickly to surgery.  This occurs, for example, for patients with  skin cancers and other growths that can be handled on an outpatient basis either in the office or at the surgery center.  Either way, our friendly and knowledgeable staff will assist you through the consultation process answering questions and providing information about the procedures and the insurance/payment process as well as post-op care. 


At Cotter Plastic Surgery we strive to make your visit pleasant, comfortable and informative. As you leave the office you will have gained the knowledge and information you need to make an informed decision about your surgery or the procedure(s) you desire.



We operate primarily at one of two facilities on the campus of Shelby Baptist Medical Center in the comfort of Alabaster, Alabama just south of Birmingham. Procedures that do not require overnight stays are generally performed at Shelby Ambulatory Surgery at the Physician's Center. Procedures requiring overnight stays are done at Shelby Baptist Medical Center.  Post-operative care is arranged through the hospital’s attractive and well appointed Women’s Center or the new South Tower.

The staff at both facilities provide professional, compassionate, care with your privacy as a priority. They feature state-of-the-art modern operating rooms, pre-op and recovery areas. Our anesthesia teams are made up of board certified anesthesiologists and certified, registered, fully credentialed nurse anesthetists.  We also have two operating rooms in our office that we use for smaller procedures that can be done under lcoal anesthetics.

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Location & Office Hours

Hwy 31
1216 1st Street North
Alabaster, AL 35007
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COTTER PLASTIC SURGERY - Monday through Thursday 9:00am - 5:00pm; Friday 9:00am - 3:00pm

Location #2

Cotter MedSPA & Cosmetic Laser Center
1216 1st Street North
Alabaster, AL 35007
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