Mastectomy incision placement has evolved into a science of its own. Modern techniques now allow for complete preservation of the breast skin as well as the nipple areola in most circumstances, further improving surgical outcomes.
The revolutionary nipple sparing mastectomy, pioneered at the Center for Restorative Breast Surgery, is a technique that maximizes cosmetic outcomes and provides a considerable psychological benefit. The cutting-edge procedure preserves the breast skin and nipple area while removing all or most of the underlying breast tissue. It is performed through a small incision below the nipple, allowing for a more natural looking reconstruction and avoiding additional scars on the breast. A nipple sparing mastectomy is performed in conjunction with the skin sparing mastectomy, and it must be accompanied by immediate breast reconstruction to fill the preserved skin envelope.
Women who may benefit most from a nipple sparing mastectomy include those who undergo breast removal as part of their cancer treatment and those who choose prophylactic mastectomies as a result of testing positive for the BRCA 1/2 genetic mutation.
It is important to note that a nipple sparing mastectomy, whether elective or necessary to treat breast cancer, will result in reduction or elimination of sensations in the nipple area. Although this is a concern for some women, most will find this after-effect acceptable when it comes to treatment or prevention. The main focus is on preserving your health and going on to lead a normal life.
Dr. Frank DellaCroce, Dr. Scott Sullivan and Dr. Christopher Trahan, at the Center for Restorative Breast Surgery, pioneered the nipple sparing mastectomy. They are international leaders in all breast cancer surgery options and have performed over 4000 breast reconstruction procedures on women facing breast cancer.
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The Center for Restorative Breast Surgery was established to serve as a dedicated resource for women seeking the most advanced methods of breast reconstruction utilizing the body’s own tissue. Frank DellaCroce, M.D., FACS, Scott Sullivan, M.D., FACS, Chris Trahan, M.D., FACS and M. Whitten Wise, M.D. are pioneers in the most sophisticated breast surgery techniques that allow for microsurgical fat transplantation to rebuild the breast without sacrifice of important functional core muscles. They are international leaders in breast cancer surgery options, pioneering groundbreaking procedures including nipple sparing mastectomy, the Stacked DIEP, the gluteal hip flap, and the revolutionary BODY LIFT FlapSM. They have performed thousands of breast reconstruction procedures for women facing breast cancer or seeking risk reduction from around the world.