Breast cancer can be stressful enough to deal with. Although the purpose of a mastectomy is to remove cancerous cells and remove unhealthy tissue, the purpose of the surgery is also to make sure the patient looks good and feels good. One of the ways this can be done is by performing a nipple-sparing mastectomy. Here is what you should know.
What Is a Mastectomy?
Mastectomy is a type of surgery that is performed to remove the breast and nearby tissue in patients who have been diagnosed with breast cancer. This procedure generally involves removing the lymph nodes and the entire breast, as well as some surrounding tissue.
How Is Nipple-Sparing Mastectomy Different?
Nipple-sparing mastectomy is a type of surgery that select women are able to receive. As the name implies, the nipple-sparing mastectomy removes the breast tissue while leaving behind some of the skin envelope, including the areola and the nipple. An incision is typically placed along the outer edge of the breast or along the bra line during the procedure rather than directly in the center of the breast.
Who Is a Good Candidate for This Procedure?
A nipple-sparing mastectomy is a good option for individuals who have small, early-stage tumors from breast cancer that are not located within close proximity to the nipple.
It is also a good option for women who have a strong history of breast cancer in their family and those who carry the BRCA gene mutation and desire mastectomy for preventative purposes.
Women who have ptosis (sagginess) or large breasts may not be good candidates for the procedure. However, it is best to consult with a breast surgeon to determine if this procedure is right for you. They will be able to discuss the options that are available and help determine which will work best for your specific needs.
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The team at The Breast Center Park Meadows Cosmetic Surgery in Lone Tree, CO, is committed to providing patients with skilled and compassionate board-certified plastic surgeons are committed to providing the highest quality services for patients.
If you are interested in seeing if you are a good candidate for nipple-sparing mastectomy, contact their team today at 303-706-1100 to schedule an appointment.