Skin Sparing Mastectomy
In a skin sparing mastectomy, all of the breast tissue is removed, the nipple is removed, but the skin is preserved. Dr. Santillan will make an incision all the way around the nipple and will typically extend the incision horizontally across the breast as well. This will leave a medium to large sized scar on the front of the breast that is very visible.
Nipple Sparing Mastectomy
All of the breast tissue is removed, but the nipple and skin are not. Traditional incisions for Nipple Sparing Mastectomies are made on the side of the breast. Therefore, this procedure will leave a medium to large sized scar on the side of the breast that is visible.