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Nipple-sparing mastectomy with periareolar cut

Breast showing incision site for nipple-sparing mastectomy with periareolar cut, a cut around top of areola and up toward armpit.

Nipple-sparing mastectomy removes the whole breast but leaves the skin, areola, and nipple. With this incision, the cut is made around the top of the areola (periareolar) and along the side of the breast toward the armpit.

Current as of: March 1, 2023

Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:
Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine
Laura S. Dominici MD - General Surgery, Breast Surgical Oncology