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Skin-sparing mastectomy, which can be performed as a simple, total, or modified radical mastectomy, is appropriate for women who intend to have immediate breast reconstruction. This mastectomy technique preserves as much of the breast skin as possible, typically about 95%, which helps facilitate breast reconstruction.
During a skin-sparing mastectomy, the surgeon makes what is called a "keyhole" incision and removes only the skin of the nipple and areola, thus creating a small opening in the breast. The surgeon then removes most of the breast tissue through that opening.
The remaining pouch of skin provides a natural shape and form to accommodate an implant or a reconstruction using the patient's tissue. Many women choose this type of mastectomy because they believe it gives the most natural results from immediate breast reconstruction.
A skin-sparing mastectomy with immediate breast reconstruction may be completed in approximately three to five hours and usually requires a hospital stay of one- to three-nights – your personal treatment plan will be determined by your surgeon.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION: Every patient is different and their reconstruction options and their results
may vary. All depictions on the site are for illustration purposes only. Whether or not you have breast
reconstruction is a decision you need to make in consultation with your physician. Only you and your
physician can determine the best option for you. Please ask your doctor to explain the benefits and
risk of various reconstruction options and whether they are right for you.