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, affiliated with the St. Charles Surgical Hospital—the only hospital in the world dedicated to breast reconstruction for women facing breast cancer—was established to serve as a dedicated center of excellence for women seeking the most advanced methods of breast reconstruction. Craig A. Blum, MD; Frank J. DellaCroce, MD, FACS; Scott K. Sullivan, MD, FACS; Chris Trahan, MD, FACS; and M. Whitten Wise, MD are pioneers in the art of rebuilding breasts lost to cancer, preventive mastectomy, developmental defects, and deformities associated with previous surgery. Their sophisticated microsurgical techniques allow for recreation of the breast with natural tissue while preserving strength and restoring beauty. Together, with our Breast Oncology team Surgical Breast Oncologist W. Karl Ordoyne, M.D., FACS and Clinical Breast Oncologist Alan Stolier, M.D., FACS, they comprise a group of international leaders in breast cancer surgery options, pioneering groundbreaking procedures including nipple sparing mastectomy, the Stacked DIEP, the Gluteal Hip Flap, the BODY LIFT Flap®, and the APEX Flap. They have performed thousands of breast reconstruction procedures for women facing breast cancer, seeking BRCA risk reduction, or searching for solutions to existing breast deformities. Their Center is tailored and staffed to cater to the needs of clientele who travel from all over the world for their services. For more information please visit www.breastcenter.com or www.scsh.com.