A nipple-sparing mastectomy is a mastectomy, or removal of all of the breast tissue, without removal of the nipple or the darker skin around it called the areola.
What is a skin sparing mastectomy?
A skin sparing mastectomy is a removal of all breast tissue including the nipple. Here, the surgeon saves the outer skin to help with breast reconstruction.
What are the advantages to nipple-sparing mastectomy, aside from cosmetic?
The results of this procedure have little affect on the look or aesthetics of the breast. However, the benefits of this procedure are not only cosmetic. Women who have this procedure often have improved self-esteem and body image in comparison to those who have a full mastectomy.