This surgery removes all of the breast tissue and uses some of the remaining skin of the breast to close the 6 – 12 inch long incision. A sentinel node biopsy or axillary dissection is usually performed at the same time. This is the most common type of mastectomy performed today by surgeons. Immediate reconstruction of the breast by a plastic surgeon is possible at the time of the mastectomy or can be performed at a later time.
Today, there is an evolution towards performing more Skin Sparing Mastectomies and
Nipple Sparing Mastectomies with Immediate breast reconstruction. These techniques result in better cosmetic outcomes. Such newer approaches, however, are not appropriate for some patients.
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