Nipple Sparing Mastectomy

Why Nipple Sparing Mastectomy?

Nipple Sparing Mastectomy (NSM) is performed due to breast cancer or as a preventative measure. This procedure involves surgical advancement for the removal of the breast through a small incision to remove all of the breast glandular tissue from beneath the skin and nipple. The nipple and full breast skin are left completely intact and breast reconstruction is completed during the same procedure utilizing either an implant or natural tissue. Due to the beautiful outcomes and typical “untouched” look after the procedure, a nipple sparing mastectomy may be regarded as the modern “gold standard”.

Planning for Nipple Sparing Mastectomy

You’ll have a private, personal consultation with your doctor prior to making any decisions regarding surgery. It’s important for you to be very open and honest with the doctor in answering his questions regarding your health, previous medical history, your goals and your current lifestyle. Smoking cessation, including all nicotine products, gums, patches and vapor cigarettes, must be stopped a minimum of 3 weeks prior and 3 weeks after your surgery. You are also not allowed to be around any passive nicotine products for 3 weeks after surgery. Your doctor will evaluate your overall health and any risk factors related to pre-existing conditions. He will examine the breasts and take detailed measurements. Photos will be taken to be included in your medical records. He will discuss with you the options available and give you his recommendation for treatment. He’ll also explain any risks involved, potential complications that could arise and the likely results you can expect to see.  

Where Will My Surgery be Performed?

Nipple Sparing Mastectomy is usually performed in the hospital and a brief hospital stay may be included. General anesthesia is used, and the doctor will discuss his recommendations during your initial visit. Any follow-up procedures are usually done on an outpatient basis.

How Much Does PAP Flap Cost?

Each individual situation is unique, but many insurance companies provide coverage for breast reconstruction when it is performed under a breast cancer diagnosis. It’s best to check with your particular insurance provider to find out for sure. Cost will be discussed during your consultation. We offer a number of ways to pay, including financing with CareCredit®. If you’re interested in finding out more about nipple sparing mastectomy, contact us to set up a private consultation with Dr. Diaz. Our office is happy to serve residents in and around Mobile, Ocean Springs, Gulfport and the surrounding communities of Mississippi.

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Michael Diaz MD, FACS
Board Certified Plastic Surgeon
936 Tommy Munro Dr.
Biloxi, MS 39532