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Breast Cancer » Skin-Sparing Mastectomy

Skin Sparing MastectomyNewer surgical techniques in performing a mastectomy allows the surgeon to remove the entire breast, the nipple, and areola while preserving the skin of the breast. A small incision around the areola is made to maintain the rest of the breast skin to optimize the results of cosmetic reconstruction.

Skin-sparing mastectomy is often performed when breast removal and reconstruction are completed during the same operation. If an axillary dissection or a sentinel lymph node biopsy is necessary, another incision is often made under the arm.